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Retention Bonuses

By lex, on January 21st, 2009

Ward’s team * notices some interesting disparities between the Army and Marine Corps captain retention incentives:

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Catch and Release

 

By lex, on November 8th, 2010

The Kenyan court system practices it:

A Kenyan court on Friday freed 17 Somali men detained by the U.S. Navy at sea and accused of piracy, saying the Navy didn’t provide the necessary evidence to convict the suspects.

The decision has left authorities in a dilemma over what to do with the Somali men since the court did not order them repatriated back to their country, the men’s lawyer said.

Attorney Jared Magolo said a magistrate’s court in the coastal town of Mombasa ruled that there was insufficient evidence to prove that the Somali men attacked the MV Amira, an Egyptian-flagged ship, in May 2009.

Magolo said the magistrate blamed the loss of the case on the U.S. Navy, who captured the Somalis, for not providing video and photographic proof that the Navy claimed to have.

A whiff of grapeshot next time.

It’s cheaper than video.

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Censorship

By lex, on April 15th, 2010

Back when Dubya was fighting his “Global War on Terror”, the criticism was that you don’t make war on “terror” – that being a tactic – but upon those who would use that tactic. In World War II, by contrast, we didn’t wage a “Pacific War on Aircraft Carriers – we fought the Japanese.

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Tough nut

Posted by Lex, on March 24th, 2008 · 36 Comments · GWOT, Military

As contrasted to his predecessor, SecDef Gates may have proven a more congenial boss, but it’s clear he’s no pushover. The Secretary is turning the screws on elements within the 5-sided wind tunnel that, in his opinion, haven’t fully transitioned to a “war footing.” He’s come down hard on the Army for the Walter Reed mess, and the ground forces generally on the topic of mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles – MRAPs.

Now he’s apparently turning his attention to UAVs – and the Air Force is pushing back:

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Personal

By lex, on March 17th, 2010

As promised, the Company has reached out and touched someone:

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Tarnished gold

By lex, on August 17th, 2008

In high school, back before I took up the ancient and honorable sport of sabre fencing, I was a swimmer, albeit a swimmer of no great distinction. With that precarious purchase, I claim the faintest glimmerings of insight into the athletic life of swimmer Michael Phelps. I know that he is doubtlessly genetically gifted, just like everyone else in the cube at Beijing. I know also that the difference between gifted and be-medaled at the Olympic level is Herculean dedication, a willingness to abide more pain for a longer period than those on either side.

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Cause and effect

 

By lex, on July 4th, 2008

The UK media have a wonderful genius for understatement. I particularly remember a memorial to the pianist Liberace, in which the author noted with deadpan grace that “Mr. Liberace never married.”

Thus the conclusion to the complaint of UK MP Shahid Malik that Muslims in Britain feel like “the jews of Europe.”

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Why we went to Iraq

Posted by Lex, on June 4, 2008

 

And what we’ll leave behind – Fouad Adjami is once again on point: **

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Large and in charge

Posted by lex, on August 22, 2006

News from the 5th fleet, that you might not ordinarily see:

Pakistan Navy Completes Term as Commander, Task Force 150

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Hamilton

MINA SALMAN, Bahrain – German Rear Admiral Heinrich Lange relieved Pakistani Rear Admiral Shahid Iqbal as Commander, Task Force (CTF) 150 during a change of command ceremony aboard PNS Shahjahan (D 186) pierside at Mina Salman, August 22.

The ceremony successfully concluded the Pakistan navy’s term as the first Navy in the region to command CTF 150, which conducts maritime security operations (MSO) in the Gulf of Aden, Gulf Oman, the Arabian Sea, Red Sea, and the Indian Ocean.

CTF 150, established near the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom, is comprised of naval ships from numerous coalition nations, currently including Germany, Pakistan, France, United Kingdom and U.S.

“As I look back on my tenure in command, I have no hesitation to say that it was the most rewarding, productive experience,” said Iqbal.  “Having to conduct a diverse nature of operations in a large area of responsibility, every single day brought new challenges.”

Guest speaker, Commander, Combined Forces Maritime Component Command Vice Adm. Patrick Walsh praised the work of Rear Adm. Iqbal and his staff.  “Your presence made a difference,” said Walsh.  “The maritime environment and all those who lived and operated in it during your command remained safe and secure.  You and your staff have every reason to be proud of your contributions, and the legacy that you leave behind will be one for others to emulate.”

Iqbal expressed confidence that he’s turning over CTF 150 to very competent hands.
“I take great pleasure in handing over the command of this fine force to Adm. Lange,” he said. “In him I find a thorough, professional and an extremely capable commander.  I’m sure that he and his team will continue with the finest traditions of the highly qualified Navy to which they belong.”

The change of command marks the fourth time the German Navy has commanded CTF 150.
“Germany is living up to it’s commitment in combating international terrorism and I am more than happy and ready to build upon the basis established by my international and national predecessors who have taken the duty of CTF 150,” said Lange.  “I feel obliged to serve the coalition to the best of my abilities and to care for the officers and Sailors under my command.”

Walsh said the change of command ceremony was a momentous occasion for US and coalition forces.
“Today is an opportunity to highlight a defining moment and mission in all of our lives as we continue our work in conducting MSO in support of Operation Enduring Freedom,” said Walsh.

MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations.  These operations deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.

“The innocent who sail the waters, people who live in the region, and citizens of the world rely on coalition patrols to provide security at sea,” said Walsh.  “Your presence here today is reflective of the goals of the international community:  regardless of culture, religion, or language people desire a world where there secure or free to pursue social economic, and their own religious growth – a world of tolerance that bonds us all.

“Through MSO, our forces contribute vigilance, dedication, and professionalism,” said Walsh, “that builds a promising future.”

Blogger’s note: The casual reader may not understand just how difficult it can be to cobble together a unified command and control structure out of so many disparate forces, flung over such a wide battlespace. Sometimes it reminded me of the proverbial dog that played piano – the amazing thing was not that he could do it well, it was that he could do it at all.

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Friday Musings 03/24/2006

By lex, on March 24th, 2006

You should read this slowly; because that’s the way I’m typing it. Languorously. Why you might ask?

Well, I’ll tell you: I have finished yet another academic quarter and am, for the space of a week’s time, entirely unencumbered by the need to screw myself into a knot-hole in preparation for some bit of scholastic tomfoolery, silly at the best of times, ludicrous at my age.

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