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Retribution happens?

It’s pretty unusual when the three-star gives a ‘no-contact’ order for the commander’s wife to stay away from her husband’s brigade, but that’s just what happened at Fort Bragg.

This is a bizarre and sad story.  Given the evidence, seriousness, and the repercussions of this sort of misbehavior, it can’t be waved off.

I thought we were all beyond spouse’s wearing their significant other’s rank.  Seriously!

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The guidance for the services to come up with $2 billion in cuts for the FY2012 budget has been met with hosannas from the Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

The alleged carrot in this is that the services are supposed to be allowed to keep some of the savings.  I’m not sure how that would work because when Congress appropriates funds, it’s intended to go towards a particular use, and reapplying funding towards other programs is something Congress has become less and less enamored with through the years.  That’s why they keep lowering the threshold for the “reprogramming” funds from one program to another.

BTW,whatever happened to spending our way to prosperity?!

Too bad OSD didn’t come up with a–let’s say $5 billion bogey.  Oh, they did, but that’s two more years out, eh?  I guess then the Army will start to get really strong.

Fort Hood Killer

Posted: November 6, 2009 in Army, Fort Hood Tragedy

Wired’s Danger Room has interesting links and analysis.

How ironically sad is this to have happened at a military post?  Why don’t soldiers have weapons when in garrison (I know the answer, but the question is rhetorical)?  Would the killer have attempted the same murderous spree in a police station?  The situation is reminiscent of the Virginia Tech murder scenario.

When people fight back, lives are saved.  They often lack the tools to fight back effectively given the unintended consequences of rules designed to “keep people safe.”

The Army Builds a B-52

Posted: September 13, 2009 in Acquisition, Army

Sorry that the link is fee-for-service…but here’s my take.

Defense Daily reports Army Vice Chief of Staff General Peter Chiarelli is advocating for “platforms that are versatile in complex environments, leverage the power of the network and give crews confidence by surviving that first strike.”

Chiarelli goes on to say “Technology is changing too fast to allow new starts to take 10 to 15 years to get into the hands of the soldiers. We must build a platform that can be adapted over time to accommodate future technological innovation.”

Sounds like the Army’s ground-based version of the B-52 to me. According to Wiki, the Buff first flew in ’52.