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Fire for Effect

Wed — Fire for Effect

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Number of US carriers going down, down, down
Saddam’s missing Air Force found in Serbia (and here I thought we had shot it all down)
Hey so everyone’s upgrading their nuclear arsenals but us…
On my radar: FPRI’s Webcast on Afghan Police Reform
”…the enemy is not hiding, but they are in trenches, bunkers and fighting positions that extend into depth. The enemy owns the terrain.“
Cool: Carrier arresting gear gets a workover

Video: Beats Wikipedia. Found this video while doing a search on the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, the largest fight in Africa next to El Alamein. Much of it is stock footage (and some embarassing Top Gun T-38/MiG shots) and it’s openly biased in favor of the SADF, but points for innovation and figuring out a way to work Manowar into an online history lesson. Exit question: who do you root for? Commies or apartheid South Africa?

–John Noonan

Thurs — Fire for Effect

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

The needs of one (backstory)
For Christian: “Roll-over proof” military vehicle tragically not journalist proof
My new favorite military charity
Tactics or strategy?
5 GI-Joe vehicles that are pretty stupid (I’m embarassed to say I both owned the weapons transport and thought it was cool)

Awesome: Tac airlift fail(s)

–John Noonan

Thurs — Fire for Effect

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Awesome: Angelina Jolie and Brad Cooper jolt morale at WRAMC (but mostly Angelina Jolie)
Mike Yon gets dirty with 2Rifles, British Light Infantry (absolute must read)
How we’ll win in Afghanistan
“Six launch failures is not career enhancing.…“
Stick a fork in the ASDS, it’s done

One of the towering (and oddly chilling) scenes in movie history: Col Kilgore’s Ride of the Valkeries

Sunday — Fire for Effect

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Who knew? Powerpoint somewhat lacking as a military decision tool
Nifty slideshow of the “Wolfpack” in Nineveh
Flexibility is the key to chaos
Inside the USMC’s mulepacking course
Good question: Where’s the Afghan National Army?

Badass: Automatic, fully stabilized 25mm cannon in testing. H/T: Neptunus Lex (which you should be reading every day)

Tues — Fire for Effect

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Good question, great answer: Why cant the regular U.S. military organizations do anything?
US arms obsolete, forces stretched thin, strategies outdated
Marines learn to think like Airmen, who learn to think like Marines
Army “Jedi Knight” critically wounded in our “safest infantry vehicle,” driver falls.
Kiss intelligence goodbye

Band of the legendary Coldstream Guards plays Soldiers of the Queen, Men of Harlech, Corps of Drums, Thriller?(edit, too big)… Star Wars’ Imperial March

–John Noonan

Tues — Fire for Effect

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Frankly, to be blunt about it, the notion that not buying 60 more F-22s imperils the national security of the United States, I find completely nonsense“
China’s being a bit generous with the term “territorial waters“
Every time North Korea shoots a missile, Japan turns a little more samurai
…and maybe the Norks actually want to be bombed anyway.
The folks who make Purell Hand Sanitizer likely surprised to find product makes for great rocket fuel.

Video: PLA Navy starting to make blogger a little nervous (with obvious ChiCom propaganda tag)
–John Noonan

Thursday — Fire for Effect

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

COIN: Is Air Control the answer? (says me: no.)
Amazing photo of the day: Peacekeepers and Warfighters
5 ways to defend a supercarrier (with all five being awesome)
Call me Senator, dammit.
Raytheon C-RAM fail
Malaysia has Q-ships?

Video: DUCK!!!

–John Noonan

Friday — Fire for Effect

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

A war by any other name is still a war
COIN or CT in the ‘stan?
Surprise! China’s defense expenditures soaring
Whodunit? America or Israel?

White resigns (sigh)

The freaky-deaky yet surprisingly awesome Japanese trailer for Cat Shit One

–John Noonan

Wednesday — Fire for Effect

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Iran still determined to catch an ass whupping
SECDEF harshes my mell
“Guess what? Dragonskin doesn’t work.“

Phrogs Phinal Phlight
Badassery of the day includes the line “using only his bayonet…“

Vid: Goosebumpy USAF ad

–John Noonan

Monday — Fire for Effect

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

NATO fleet deploys to either fight pirates or sack Troy
Sometimes I wish they’d they’d let Marines name ships instead of just task forces
Iranian RC clubs make for great target practice
Article on “shadow fighters” just as awesome as it sounds
“Lafayette, we are here back“

Urban legend — but still damn funny

–John Noonan