December 2012 Archive

“The Mini-Arnie”

By LtCol Walter F. McTernan III, USMC (Ret.) After I retired from active duty I went to work for our Uncle Sam in a civilian capacity. My clothing changed, but my duties – not so much. One of my main assignments was to serve as a liaison officer (LnO) between “OGA” and deployed commands in the...

“A Class Act”

By Lieutenant Colonel Walter F. McTernan III, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) Holiday greetings from Kabul. I just started a fantastic new job heading an instructor team developing and teaching Intelligence courses to Afghan National Army Special Forces. One of my teammates is a crusty old Army Ranger-...

"Pearl Harbor Declassified"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eU-5ONsWgg Normally I review books and write for Leatherneck and Gazette, but today I veer slightly of my lane; our friends at the Military Channel asked if I'd review a Pearl Harbor special they're airing tonight and I'd like to share my thoughts with you: Today is...

Do We Need Amphibious Capabilities? At What Cost?

Lt Col Frank Hoffman USMCR (Ret) and Col Pat Garrett USMC (Ret) These are valid questions of prime importance. The National Security Strategy is less specific on the “who” or “where” but it does mention that challenge of access in the 21st century and it does define of role of global leadership and...

Sequestration - Not Necessarily the End of the World

With the election behind us, let’s strip the politics out of the sequestration debate and look at facts surrounding this idea of reducing the defense budget. If implemented, the budget will be reduced annually from 2013 to 2023, not all at once. Assuming the cuts are fully implemented,...

Real Wars, Real Capabilities

Yesterday, a few people alerted me to this Time Battleland blog post, USMC: Under-utilized, Superfluous Military Capability , by retired US Army Colonel Douglas A. Macgregor. There’s not much to say, it’s an example of another Army take on Marine forces that simultaneously misunderstands both the...