Not much to say on this, I need to get busy on other things, but in case you didn’t see…
Link: Radioactive rockets ‘for sale’ in breakaway Soviet republic – Sunday Times – Times Online.
“It clearly demonstrates why Russian and British intelligence links have got to receive priority.”
Besides the obvious issue ofimproperly preparing troops for duty, the trend of the forced war on
the military — the military you go to war with not the military you
want to go to war with — is simply going to hurt the US in the mid run
(i.e. not even so far out as the long run). Moral will be hurt,
national guard enlistments ("I didn’t sign up for this") have been hit
hard, what does the government not see that we don’t? Not addressed but
certainly just as important is the impact of private contractors
filling roles previously held by military personnel: cooks, drivers,
etc. The old news now is there are no more rear areas:
of the biggest lessons to be relearned from Iraq is that there is no
safe place on the battlefield for soft-skinned or poorly-trained troops.
Quick Note on the remote and unattended combat front: More Robot Grunts Ready for Duty.
Hunting for guerillas, handling roadside bombs, crawling across the caves and crumbling towns of Afghanistan and Iraq all of that was just a start. Now, the Army is prepping its squad of robotic vehicles for a new set of assignments. And this time, they’ll be carrying guns.