Bryan McGrath takes on Politifact’s take on fleet size.

The Tampa Bay Times’ site undertook an inquiry recently (“Anatomy of a talking point: the smallest Navy since 1917”, Monday, August 3, 2015) into the truth of a statement made by GOP Presidential Candidate Lindsey Graham in June, when he said “”I’m going to rebuild our military. We’re on a course to have…the smallest Navy since 1915.” Author and site Deputy Editor Louis Jacobson pointed out that this is the second presidential campaign cycle in which references to the Navy’s fleet size have been made in comparison to its size before World War I.

via Information Dissemination: Takes On Fleet Size.

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MC-27J Gunship

The Alenia Aermacchi built C-27J is a modernized version of the Aeritalia G.222 light transport of the 1970s. The US acquisition program for the C-27J was an utter catastrophe, but the fact remains that it is a capable aircraft, and is generating quite a bit of interest in international sales.  One thing readers here might have noticed is that transport aircraft are inherently adaptable to other roles, either on a permanent basis, or through the use of palletized mission loads. In alliance with ATK Orbital, Alenia is developing as a private venture the MC-27J, which, while still capable as a tactical airlifter, can also be used to carry Hellfire missiles, and a ATK 30mm chain gun mounted on a roll-on/roll-off pallet.


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Shots fired at Camp Shelby soldiers

Authorities are searching for two suspects that allegedly fired shots at a group of soldiers at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center.

Mississippi National Guard Director of Public Affairs Lt. Colonel Christian Patterson did not confirm that soldiers were targeted.

via Shots fired at Camp Shelby soldiers.

No injuries.

And before you freak out, it’s entirely possible Tucker and Dale were just out driving around being stupid. People shooting road signs from a moving vehicle has been known to happen in the past.



Last IOC in Marine infantry experiment drops female officers

The two-and-a-half year period in which the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course became gender-integrated for research will end without a single female graduate.

The final iteration of IOC to accept female Marines on a volunteer basis began April 2 with two female participants. One was a volunteer and one was a member of the newly integrated ground intelligence track.

Both were dropped that same day during the grueling initial Combat Endurance Test, said Capt. Maureen Krebs, a spokeswoman for Headquarters Marine Corps. Nine of the 90 men who began the course were also cut.

via Last IOC in Marine infantry experiment drops female officers.

A lot of time and money wasted, but… the Marine Corps now has significant evidence to support its likely recommendation to not open certain ground combat career fields to women.

Of course, the feminist argument will be that the standards of IOC are arbitrary and  capricious, and should be watered down.




Odierno: Army to open most field artillery jobs to women

The Army plans to open to women all but one field artillery MOS, the service’s top officer said Monday.

With the exception of the 13F military occupational specialty, “we have decided … we are not going to ask for a waiver to keep it closed,” said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno.

This decision, which opens up MOSs such as cannon crewmember (13B) and field artillery automated tactical data system specialist (13D), comes just weeks after the Army opened the combat engineer (12B) MOS to women.

It also follows a decision from more than a year ago to open all field artillery officer positions to women.

via Odierno: Army to open most field artillery jobs to women.

I suspect once you start getting a few women in 13B, cannon crewmember, you’re going to see injury rates that outstrip those of men by a mile. An M107 155mm projectile weighs just shy of 97 pounds. The newer M795 weighs over 100 pounds.

Women will suffer sports type injuries at higher rates than men given a similar task involving significant upper body strength. That costs the Army in terms of direct medical expenses, and indirect costs such as lost time available for service. That’s to say nothing of the costs to taxpayers for higher rates of service related disabilities treated by the VA.

Again, I’ve yet to see a coherent argument that shows what the Army gains from opening combat arms  MOS to women.



Maetenloch on Cecil, and why big game hunting is key to species survival.

Now I’m a bit of an odd duck when it comes to this subject since I’m someone very interested in hunting who has not actually ever gone hunting – mostly due to time and logistics than anything else. But I have read most of the classic hunting literature from Hunter to Ruark to Capstick as well as various modern reference guides to safaris so I believe I know more than the average person in this area.

I am also indebted to a friend of mine from South Africa who has put me a lot of knowledge on the subject. He’s a professor here in the US who goes back to South Africa during summers to work as an assistant to a PH (professional hunter), and is very familiar with the on-the-ground realities when it comes to managing and hunting big game. One thing that becomes clear from the hunting writers and my friend is that they all have a respect (even love) for the animals they hunt as well as a deep knowledge of how they live, breed – and eventually die, which means they are also decidedly unsentimental about individual animals.

via Ace of Spades HQ.

As the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

The killing of Cecil the lion was one of those internet outrages all good people were supposed to join in. The dentist who killed the lion was doxxed and held up for vituperation. Calls to end the barbaric practice of big game hunting circled the web. One US airline today announced a ban on carrying big game trophies.

And yet, the reality of big game hunting is a good bit different than the shallow thinking of virtually all the morally upright scolds of the internet.

Domestic US hunters know that nothing promotes conservation like the hunting community. Why  on earth would anyone think it any different in Africa?

And consider this. The outrage community is so utterly wrong on the issue of hunting lions in Africa. Why on earth would you even consider for a moment they might be right on another topic.

I have found for myself, it is almost always beneficial to be patient, and wait a bit to learn more on any given topic of the day, before condemning or praising.

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