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Resupply by AI. What could go wrong?

| February 8, 2024 | 36 Comments
Resupply by AI. What could go wrong?

Army Futures Command’s newest Cross Functional Team-Contested Logistics head, Rob Watts, talked about resupply by AI and robotic delivery vehicles such as UAVs and roboboat. “We want a tool to tell us, when we get to precision sustainment, that ‘you need to start moving some ammo to island X today because it’s going to take […]

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Throwing dollars at quality of life

| February 6, 2024 | 57 Comments
Throwing dollars at quality of life

Both the Army and Navy have been shocked – SHOCKED –  that enlisted barracks, to be polite, suck. Water leaks, black mold, rats (freakin’ RATS?) and a host of other problems have surfaced in the last several months, and leadership is determined to throw money at it fix the situation. Or at least get it […]

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Thursday thoughts – Lowe, Bush, Afrika, and China

| February 1, 2024 | 16 Comments
Thursday thoughts – Lowe, Bush, Afrika, and China

Jack Lowe, a high school kid I believe I saw mentioned in these pages, was made an Honorary Marine last fall – he had wanted to be a Marine all his life but last year was diagnosed  with a serious bone cancer. The Marines made him an Honorary Marine, as he was physically unable to […]

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Marine Awarded Purple Heart. Finally.

| January 26, 2024 | 13 Comments
Marine Awarded Purple Heart. Finally.

A Marine finally received a Purple Heart for a 2005 ambush in Ramadi The award was long overdue. BY MATT WHITE Francisco Roman was leading a team of Marines through the chaotic roads of Ramadi, Iraq in 2005 when the streets suddenly turned quiet. “We were patrolling back to our base, and I noticed that […]

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Marines to upgrade their live simulated training

| January 2, 2024 | 30 Comments
Marines to upgrade their live simulated training

The Marines intend to upgrade their live simulated training. They want to shift from having to go to training centers to run these simulations, towards a networked system that allows Marines to train from anywhere with collocated and remotely located Marines. The Marines also plan to roll out their Marine Corps Tactical Instrumentation System (MCTIS). […]

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Marines changing rifle marksmanship training, eliminate Scout Sniper school

| December 30, 2023 | 48 Comments
Marines changing rifle marksmanship training, eliminate Scout Sniper school

Seems the Marines have decided to update their marksmanship training due to a large study done on the subject. Sounds like though they have over 80% of the Corps qualifying as “Expert” on static ranges, they want more real-world skillsets to come out of training. Complacency seems to be the watchword – with so many […]

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Wednesday Service shorts

| December 27, 2023 | 75 Comments
Wednesday Service shorts

Been an interesting day for snippets of info from various services.  Let’s open up with the Navy: Yemen’s Houthis unleashed a new onslaught of anti-ship and land attack weaponry today around the southern end of the Red Sea. U.S. Central Command says the Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Laboon (DDG-58) and F/A-18 Super Hornets from […]

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What’s Israel doing right?

| December 19, 2023 | 26 Comments
What’s Israel doing right?

We have talked before about the availability of flying F-35s in the US inventory.  Here is a study from the Congressional Budget Office giving the raw numbers on F-35s. Cutting to the chase, our average availability is around 40-50% percent, so figure over 50% of the fleet is unavailable for missions at any point in […]

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