Winning the Peace (WTP and/or WP – Willy Pete?), and the FAOs in the program are organized within each partner nation similarly to an infantry platoon reinforced. Platoon commander (O-5), platoon sergeant (E-8), corpsman, radio telephone operator (RTOs), squad leaders (O-4), fire team leaders (O-3), and grunts (enlisted advisors). The total number of individuals deployed … Continue reading Winning the Peace (Ch. 4) Redux
It occurs to me that I have not written a book review since third grade, and my last two attempts at a book review are still in limbo. I cannot do justice to this great book, but I will give it my best shot. Virga Joy is based on the real life experiences of our … Continue reading Virga Joy Redux
Where to begin? It seems that war is just too big of a topic for Hollywood to handle in 90-110 minutes. Go figure. I know I can’t do it justice in 300-plus pages, either, but it will be more accurate than anything Hollywood can dish up. I suspect what people want from Hollywood is to … Continue reading Preface: LtCol S.x MacTemplar -Shadow Warrior
Past being prologue, it is not likely that either the Department of State or CIA is going to beat back the onslaught of Salafism. The intent here is to provide leadership with a notion of the type of Foreign Area Officer (FAO) required to develop and implement strategy. The current “strategy,” whatever it may be, … Continue reading Winning the Peace (Ch. 3) Redux
Anyone who believes that we are winning the so called “Global War on Terrorism” has not endured an airport screening lately. Winning the peace would mean that you could board a plane as stress free as you did before 9-11. No, what we see and feel in today’s America is not what peace looks like. … Continue reading Winning the Peace (Ch. 2)
The infantryman’s only private sector equivalent job is mercenary. One downside to the merc good money gig is risk. Back in the day, Blackwater shooters were approximately 8 times more likely to be killed than our uniformed personnel; and although data is not completely reliable, contractors (conducting direct military type assistance vice cooking and cleaning) probably suffered more … Continue reading Blackwater – patriotic mercenaries or license to be killed?
So there I was with a pickup load of Nicaraguans that I was hauling to the immigration office in Puerto Viejo near where my friends in the Comando Atlántico were quartered. In the bed of my truck were the five teenage boys who have taught me how to stay alive surrounded by poisonous snakes, and up … Continue reading Hauling Baby Rosita to Costa Rica’s La Migra
…and remembering the time I first fired the Soviet “Star” pistol. The story goes like this: I was alone and unafraid (again) in some province outside of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia reconning a military base to see if we might embed some Marines there as part of an enlisted development program that I had initiated. Just me, … Continue reading All This Talk of Shooting Ranges Has Put Me to Thinking…
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