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For the solider’s in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division…a rare chance to receive their marching orders directly…..And a lesson in good management…..

New York’s, upstate Ft. Drum based, U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division’s Bravo company, 1st Brigade Combat Team, had been training to deploy back to Iraq when there orders where canceled…..so they keep training……when the Commander-in-Chief ventured over to West Point to reveal the tasking orders  to the country…the guys knew where they would be going…..so when the actual orders came in they were relived……yes….relieved…if they are telling the truth…and don’t think they aren’t…these men have trained to be warriors…..this is the second piece I have read that reveals something the public doesn’t here too much…..most of the troops want to go and fight…not sit on the sidelines bored and inactive…..

In the piece there is an explanation the Army’s management style that should be required for all bosses…….

First……Out on the troop line, ambiguity — be ready for anything — is a comfortable way of life. If the soldiers don’t know precisely what the mission is going to be, they’ll find out. Word will come down from ‘higher’ (headquarters) and they will execute the mission, whatever it is.

Second…..Across the U.S. military, at every level, a commander issues his intent for every operation: what he wants done. How it’s to be done is determined by subordinates. I have heard platoon leaders tell their 30 guys the equivalent of, “By dawn tomorrow I want you guys on that mountaintop over there, and I don’t care how you get there or what you do along the way.”

Tell me what you want…..then get out of my way and let me make it happen…..

amen…..

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December 13, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

For the solider's in the Army's 10th Mountain Division…a rare chance to receive their marching orders directly…..And a lesson in good management…..

New York’s, upstate Ft. Drum based, U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division’s Bravo company, 1st Brigade Combat Team, had been training to deploy back to Iraq when there orders where canceled…..so they keep training……when the Commander-in-Chief ventured over to West Point to reveal the tasking orders  to the country…the guys knew where they would be going…..so when the actual orders came in they were relived……yes….relieved…if they are telling the truth…and don’t think they aren’t…these men have trained to be warriors…..this is the second piece I have read that reveals something the public doesn’t here too much…..most of the troops want to go and fight…not sit on the sidelines bored and inactive…..

In the piece there is an explanation the Army’s management style that should be required for all bosses…….

First……Out on the troop line, ambiguity — be ready for anything — is a comfortable way of life. If the soldiers don’t know precisely what the mission is going to be, they’ll find out. Word will come down from ‘higher’ (headquarters) and they will execute the mission, whatever it is.

Second…..Across the U.S. military, at every level, a commander issues his intent for every operation: what he wants done. How it’s to be done is determined by subordinates. I have heard platoon leaders tell their 30 guys the equivalent of, “By dawn tomorrow I want you guys on that mountaintop over there, and I don’t care how you get there or what you do along the way.”

Tell me what you want…..then get out of my way and let me make it happen…..

amen…..

December 13, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

McChrystal doesn’t give an inch…….

While the President works his way thru policy meetings on the grand strategy for Afghanistan…and  Pakistan…The commander in charge of the AFPAK region goes on….Steadily asking for more troops and resources, and fighting the war, on two fronts…..

He is overseeing the campaign in country….And his commanders are pushing hard on the ground…which has resulted in ground gaining but, US and Allied troops are running into a determined enemy, that has caused a spike in causalities. McChrystal is worried that his gains will slip away if he doesn’t get more troops to hold ground…..And so the general has become engaged in a second front….

McChrstal is now also in a campaign to get more troops……and more resources to rebuild Aftganhistan……make no mistake about it., this is the second front…..The  for at the Pentagon is over…the General and  Admirals are behind him, So is Joint Chief Mullen, and  it appears that Defense Sec. Gates is backing him also…….. Congress is probably not gonna be a hard sell, since there have been leaks to the press, that the CIC will have to get help on funding the ‘surge’, from the Republicans……

My advice to McChrystal would be to watch the White House…….That ‘s the mine field….Experience tells me that there are going to be people over there that will resent, and not forget the general’s moves to get the President ( McChrystal’s CIC ) on board his push for the surge (which is gonna anger sections of his party), with nation building that will prolong this war……..

The general seems to be on point, marching hard…and focused on his objective……

Update……..A piece from the Washington Post on the CIC meeting with the General aboard Air Force One……

Update#2…..Jones of the NSC does a pushback on McCrystal…..I told you he has a two front war…..

Update#3….and someone uses the Washington Post to leak a another warning shot…..things are getting hot on both fronts!……

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

McChrystal doesn't give an inch…….

While the President works his way thru policy meetings on the grand strategy for Afghanistan…and  Pakistan…The commander in charge of the AFPAK region goes on….Steadily asking for more troops and resources, and fighting the war, on two fronts…..

He is overseeing the campaign in country….And his commanders are pushing hard on the ground…which has resulted in ground gaining but, US and Allied troops are running into a determined enemy, that has caused a spike in causalities. McChrystal is worried that his gains will slip away if he doesn’t get more troops to hold ground…..And so the general has become engaged in a second front….

McChrstal is now also in a campaign to get more troops……and more resources to rebuild Aftganhistan……make no mistake about it., this is the second front…..The  for at the Pentagon is over…the General and  Admirals are behind him, So is Joint Chief Mullen, and  it appears that Defense Sec. Gates is backing him also…….. Congress is probably not gonna be a hard sell, since there have been leaks to the press, that the CIC will have to get help on funding the ‘surge’, from the Republicans……

My advice to McChrystal would be to watch the White House…….That ‘s the mine field….Experience tells me that there are going to be people over there that will resent, and not forget the general’s moves to get the President ( McChrystal’s CIC ) on board his push for the surge (which is gonna anger sections of his party), with nation building that will prolong this war……..

The general seems to be on point, marching hard…and focused on his objective……

Update……..A piece from the Washington Post on the CIC meeting with the General aboard Air Force One……

Update#2…..Jones of the NSC does a pushback on McCrystal…..I told you he has a two front war…..

Update#3….and someone uses the Washington Post to leak a another warning shot…..things are getting hot on both fronts!……

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama Canceling the Missile Shield…good mileage, a mad GOP and a happy Russia………

President Obama in his administration’s latest episode of ‘ keep’m busy, throw things at them’…..Announced yesterday that the United States was canceling the Reagan and Bush era grandiose missile star wars missile shield program………..Everyone parroted the song that the Poles and Czechs would be pissed.

When the announcement really wasn’t for them …was it?……

It was for the Russians…instead of getting in their faces..Obama has gone to his basic technique of pragmatism with a move to accommodate the Russian insecurity about the program…..and garner Obama some wiggle room in several things……namely, Iran and pressure on Europe and it gas problems……while everyone has been busy else where Obama has been told and shown quietly that the Russians have been making chess moves that have not been the US’s interest….flexing on the old Soviet satellites, backing Iran and building a nuclear power-plant for them and working to flex on its growing oil reserves…….

I’ve always said that Obama is a smart man…and this move was smart……

The Poles  and Czechs will get over there initial disappointment because they will still get Patriot missiles and a shorter range defensive system……..Putin and his President have reacted favorably to the Presidents announcement…and NATO has followed up on it with an offer to a  hold joint system, san offer the Russian’s have turned down from Bush II .

Obama is gonna get grief here in congress but, I applaud the CIC for moving steadily away from BushII’s smash mouth diplomacy (Hillary IS the bad cop to Obama’s good cop)…..and giving peace a chance……

September 18, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A base figure for US intelligence annual spending……..

According to Dennis Blair , the Director  of National Intelligence , the Intelligence figure for the United States is $75 billion………

Which is not a true figure, since there are parts of the intel budget in the military and other agencies……..But it IS a base number that hasn’t been revealed before, so I’ll honor it…with a grain of salt……….

Jeff Stein over at Spy Talk links a Brookings Institute critical study on National Intelligence efforts should be seriously looked at by congress with an eye towards getting better product, instead of the current CYA product , he comments, produced to keep the CIC and senior staff happy………..

September 16, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Military, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holder and the CIA…When something isn’t what it seems……..

First let me say up front…this is my take…….

Ok…… I’ve sat on this story for about 20 hours, to let it season…and I believe the story is cover fire…..Attorney General Holder has named John Durham to be Justice’s special investigator on 12 cases….given to Justice by the CIA …with prisoner abuse problems…..That got everyone’s attention, right?…….but there are few caveats that go along with the story…….

First of all …these cases were initially given to the BUSH DOJ and dropped…Second……Bill Burton the WH press guy filling in for Gibbs’s mentioned yesterday this quote……..” He (Obama )  agrees with the attorney general that anyone who conducted actions that had been sanctioned should not be prosecuted”……third……Obama clearly has put distance between the story by saying that this is ALL Holder and the CIC doesn’t want to intervene…….

Now if anyone doesn’t think Emmanuel and his staff haven’t gamed this out they’re crazy…….the first thing any political junkie or press person would think is that is political problems for Obama…..but stop and think……Obama has limited this really to do the people who gave the okay to the grunts……any grunt that did something not covering their behind is expendable….and I’ll bet the spot light is gonna end up very bright on one person…..John Yo…..the guy who said the whole thing was Okay in the first place……….

So in the end this isn’t a broad fishing expedition at all……in the end Obama has separated himself from the investigation…and dropped it back in Bush’s lap……and will not bother the guys who did their job under the approval of the nation’s senior law organization.

Update:……While I stand by my analysis of this situation from Obama’s point of view…the inquiry is not sitting well with intelligence community…..seven former CIA chiefs have written to Obama asking that the Justice Department cease and desist in the Holder action on post 9/11 interrogations……..Obama and Justice have reinforced the fact they are not going after the grunts…….but the ex-chiefs are fearful that ‘sources and methods’ maybe compromised in the inquiry. and that the inquiry will have ‘chilling’ effect on the agencies staff…………I expect that in the end it will be Wu, or the whole thing will go away……

August 25, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holder and the CIA…When something isn't what it seems……..

First let me say up front…this is my take…….

Ok…… I’ve sat on this story for about 20 hours, to let it season…and I believe the story is cover fire…..Attorney General Holder has named John Durham to be Justice’s special investigator on 12 cases….given to Justice by the CIA …with prisoner abuse problems…..That got everyone’s attention, right?…….but there are few caveats that go along with the story…….

First of all …these cases were initially given to the BUSH DOJ and dropped…Second……Bill Burton the WH press guy filling in for Gibbs’s mentioned yesterday this quote……..” He (Obama )  agrees with the attorney general that anyone who conducted actions that had been sanctioned should not be prosecuted”……third……Obama clearly has put distance between the story by saying that this is ALL Holder and the CIC doesn’t want to intervene…….

Now if anyone doesn’t think Emmanuel and his staff haven’t gamed this out they’re crazy…….the first thing any political junkie or press person would think is that is political problems for Obama…..but stop and think……Obama has limited this really to do the people who gave the okay to the grunts……any grunt that did something not covering their behind is expendable….and I’ll bet the spot light is gonna end up very bright on one person…..John Yo…..the guy who said the whole thing was Okay in the first place……….

So in the end this isn’t a broad fishing expedition at all……in the end Obama has separated himself from the investigation…and dropped it back in Bush’s lap……and will not bother the guys who did their job under the approval of the nation’s senior law organization.

Update:……While I stand by my analysis of this situation from Obama’s point of view…the inquiry is not sitting well with intelligence community…..seven former CIA chiefs have written to Obama asking that the Justice Department cease and desist in the Holder action on post 9/11 interrogations……..Obama and Justice have reinforced the fact they are not going after the grunts…….but the ex-chiefs are fearful that ‘sources and methods’ maybe compromised in the inquiry. and that the inquiry will have ‘chilling’ effect on the agencies staff…………I expect that in the end it will be Wu, or the whole thing will go away……

August 25, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Guns and Presidental Events……..

A piece by Marc Ambinder on his Politics Blog kinda sums up my feelings about guns and Obama events……..Protection for the CIC at events extends out in three levels usually….the general area, which can be as much a mile in circumference, the immediate building or site, and the area around the man himself, which moves with him…….the outside area is controlled by local/state law enforcement with Secret Service input.  The site is usually controlled bey the Service, with local law enforcement . The protection around the man is controlled by the Service. While no protection is 100%, the chances of someone with a weapon getting thru the three zones is miniscule…….Ambinder is correct in pointing out that people showing up with guns at most locations are just a nuisance to then Service and local and state law enforcement, who must assign more manpower to keep those people under surveillance, while an event occurs………of course, the first time something happens with one of those people….the rules will change…because, no judge is gonna let someone fire a gun anywhere near a standing President, and not go to jail…………

August 19, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

President Obama speaks to veterans on the Military……….

I just got finished watching the Commander in Chief doing a major speech on our military to veterans….The speech was very good…..He touched on his theme of change and the military …touching on the costs, the equipment , the two wars and his pledge to take his job seriously.  He also tied healthcare into the speech, along with not forgetting the nations veterans. He made a point to announce the increases in the services to cover the increased missions. As I said the speech was good….But I will take exception to one thing in his speech…..Marine One…….Obama went on to do a story about the chopper having the ability to serve up a meal for the Chief executive. I got that. But…. I don’t agree with Obama and Gates in canceling the new Marine One contract…actually, I feel he’s doing this country a great disservice. The United States government has 9 completed helicopters, after paying $3 Billion for them…..Congress has appropriated another $400 million to help pay for no more than 6 more to give the Marine ‘s a total of 15 brand new choppers……the total cost to finish getting the current new chopper fleet would be about $4.5 Billon, and the new chopper’s would be inservice in a year and a half……. If the program is indeed cancelled……the CIC would continue to fly in 30 year old choppers, that would not be replaced until at least 10 years from now, ( and another contract would be bid in a  few months! ) at a cost of  more than $20 billion dollars!…….Now that does that make any sense?…….take out the extra stuff like stoves or microwaves, and save the country money and take the new choppers you already have ………and thank you Mr President for not forgetting the ones who have served for us all………….

August 17, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment