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Well, of course. Not only are you an apparatchik in an apparatus in the throes of Brezhnevian decay, but you happen to be in an organization inherently ideologically hostile to the rest of the apparatus. How do you think the guys from State, OGA, DoJ and the rest of the mess really feel about you people with your uniforms and your ludicrous haircuts? So of course as you rise in the ranks and represent a larger potential threat, you are progressively more and more castrated-Byzantine politics 101. Eventually, you can be the biggest badass ever, with four stars, in charge of a war in history's Thunderdome, and guess what? You'll be reduced to issuing RoE forbidding shooting back at people shooting at you from buildings, implementing new sexual harassment policies and subject to firing at the discretion of whatever shitbag Rolling Stone sends to gather up your dirty laundry. But the retirement check is nice.
Spare me the sloganeering about "getting into the fight"-the fight is not in a cubicle in DC.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Access denied | The Best Defense
Then make the article about the need for the rules to be changed, not about "comrades, due to increased interdepartmental cooperation, milk yields continue to rise."
So push more intel dudes downrange and push them forward. If you have advisors, you can (supposedly, theoretically) do more with less by leveraging (theoretical) intelligence of the battlefield for targeting and force protection. A brigade has a MICO in its BSTB, and that MICO has, on a good day, sixty people. Pushing them downrange at the expense of, say, BDE trans, MPs, CBRN, etc. is a no brainer.
>Can soldiers 'telecommute' for intelligence work?
Since most "intelligence" "work" consists of "analysis" extracted from the "analyst's" rear passage, I am sure soldiers can "telecommute" for it. If you want to talk about actual collection, targeting and first-line analysis (often the only kind that gets done,) then, no.
>The business world is witnessing a communications revolution, and the military's top commanders have already incorporated classified video teleconferences into their weekly or even daily routines (of course, there's an acronym for this: VTCs)
Oooh, conference calls! Revolutionary. Now, you're on video, so don't let the boss catch you making faces.
>The reach-back team could capture off-the-cuff analysis from experts and analysts
Straight from the passage!
>after that they began to understand they would not develop the same depth of knowledge as the analysts in Afghanistan, deployed close to the action. Modern communications technology, however robust, can't replicate the importance of being there and seeing the ground for oneself.
What kind of dope you on? Analysts in Afghanistan sit on megaFOBs, in a SCIF with connectivity, behind two or three layers of security. They are a world away from the action, and the ground they see is what they walk on from the CHU to the chow hall.
>On more than one occasion, Bastogne's team has sought advice from an expert in Washington, who in turn directed them to an analyst in Kabul that they knew personally to be the most expert on that particular subject. The team could then put the Brigade directly in touch with the Kabul analyst, close the loop, and flatten communication.
I can't understand why we're not winning more in Afghanistan. Seriously, just reading that gives me a migraine. Is this a Duffel Blog article?
>These analysts -- both in Afghanistan -- would never have learned that they were working on the same issue unless this connection was made.
So, getting your ass on a bird and flying to Kabul to shake hands and make friends is a bridge too far? How about just writing a couple of emails, or picking up the phone? No, obviously this is too difficult for intelligence troopers.
>Gen. Stanley McChrystal has said "it takes a network to beat a network" and Bastogne's intelligence team at the DIA has demonstrated the importance of establishing nodes to link friendly networks together.
Man, that sounds like an excellent PowerPoint bullet at a BN S2 brief. I mean, nobody pays attention to those after about a month or two in country, but it would still sound good. Or maybe a finishing line in an article in one of those Army mags nobody reads. Good for the resume, though. I still think you should rework it in a more matter-of-fact way and submit it to the Duffel Blog.
>This is a systemic problem within the U.S. intelligence system that requires a more systematic solution.
Purges? Seriously, I was always amazed at the percentage of guys in a typical MI shop who gave a shit about anything other than the truck they were going to buy with their deployment cash when they got home. One out of five in a GOOD shop. So no wonder they can't get on the phone, or get on a bird and spend a couple of days up in Kabul or Bagram making connections, and need a liaison team at DIA.
>Meanwhile, units like Bastogne and agencies like the DIA will figure out innovative ways to expand and flatten friendly networks within defense and intelligence.
Yes. Innovative ways like, maybe, sending your S2 captain or one of his NCOs on a intel scrounging mission as necessary. I know, it's crazy. Seriously, the places I was able to waltz into, sit down and make connections over a cup of coffee, and the support I got just for asking-it was crazy. All you have to do is knock on the door, walk in and not look like a complete lumpy-headed retard. Or you can, you know, send a two-man liaison team to every place you can think of (why just DIA? what about State, CIA, USAID, NGIC, NSA and NGA?) and have them sit there playing solitaire for the duration of the deployment. Whatevs.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Access denied | The Best Defense
That's a feature, not a bug. During a purge, catastrophizing the smallest misstep, real or imaginary, allows for convenient and expeditious processing. Everyone late to work is a Trotskyite saboteur; everyone making off-color comments is a rapist. Add an extrajudicial authority like a troika, and what more do you need?
@RVN SF VET
That first paragraph just about captures it. The truth does not matter-truth is lies, war is peace, slavery is freedom, etc. This while thing is another stage in the subjugation of the last (somewhat) rightwing institution by the Cathedral. The restructuring of a basic pillar of military discipline in accordance with what 20 years ago was a fringe theory only heard in Womyn's Studies departments (Rape Culture) is a crocodile power move, following on the repeal of DADT and to be followed by...who knows? The junior officers in the article have the right idea-ride the wave to personal benefit and career progression.
@HUNTERS @Eric_Strattoniii @Another
The name for what you are doing is "catastrophizing." Yes, the ideal numberfor rape is zero. The ideal numbers for DUIs, murders, thefts, and every other kind of crime is also zero. Not considering the responsiveness of the curve to various measures, their opportunity cost (such as destroying the lives of soldiers who did nothing wrong) or the accuracy of the methods used to gather statistics is puerile.
The Anawhat? By all relevant metrics (day care centers, hours spent on sexual harassment and assault prevention training, alcohol-related incidents, women and other protected groups in leadership positions,) Xenophon was a piker. He didn't even have a JAG to advise him in his decisionmaking process.
@ironiclad @Another Opinion @HUNTERS
>now DNA evidence can often very quickly condemn or exonerate the accused
No, it can't. Half of the problem is the definition of rape, which has been expanded in the current Narrative to rape OR sexual assault (including groping) OR sexual harassment. This all adds up to accusations needing no physical evidence whatsoever. For instance, in the conviction overturned by General Franklin, which sparked the current hysteria, the accuser had accused the alleged sexual assaulter of groping her as she spent the night at his house where he was staying with his wife. There was no physical evidence to speak of, and the accused's wife testified that he had been with her all night, and that they had kicked the accuser out of the house for being noisy. What DNA evidence could there be?
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Access denied | The Best Defense
@RVN SF VET
"Hasn't worked"-by what standard?
What accountability measures are going to be emplaced to protect soldiers against false allegations and to punish false accusers? What criteria will be used to determine credibility? Nobody has even asked these questions, let alone proposed answers. "Hopefully" is not a strategy. You, as a former officer, consider the judgement and integrity of the chain of command lacking. Fine. What assurance is there that the civilians brought in will be better? All I see is a witch hunt and a hysteria based on specious statistics. If the post-Vietnam military stayed in its comfort zone by fighting imaginary Krasnovians, the post-GWOT military is going one better by fighting imaginary rapists. At least nobody has to go to JRTC, and the role players will be very realistic.
9 months ago on Access denied | The Best Defense
@RVN SF VET
There is under-reporting by the victim? According to this article in the Fornsic Examiner (hey, look, real journalism-again!) there is a massive incidence of unfounded reports: http://www.theforensicexaminer.com/archive/spring09/15/
Not to worry, though, I'm sure when unaccountable civilian experts are given jurisdiction, the rate o false reports will drop as convictions skyrocket. And isn't that what it's all about?
@ironiclad @Another Opinion
I think the cats need feeding. Might want to check that litter while you're at it.
Gentlemen, take note. This is the kind of harpy that will be in charge of your fate once this is over. Even if you are found innocent of specious charges after having your life destroyed by some psycho, this is the level of sympathy you'll get: "maybe he had his own issues." And you'll have to be very lucky to be found innocent-since sexual assault can be based on total hearsay with no physical evidence. Ladies, this is what will happen to your son or huband in the military if some female decides he needs to be punished for failing her on a PT test/rejecting her sexual advances/not callibg her back the next morning/treating her equally with the men when it comes to responsibility. As for you, Ms. "I have a career, who needs a family"-perhaps you can read this out loud to your cats: http://www.mca-marines.org/gazette/article/get-over-it-we-are-not-all-created-equal . Unlike you, CPT Petronio actually ante'd up on the feminist theory-you can see what it got her, and the conclusions she drew (at the expense of a chance to have children.) I feel very bad for her, but at least the rest of us can learn from her mistake-don't listen to feminist agitprop.
Wow. Project much?
"Research" is not a method.What methods could conceivably be used to detect unreported rapes?
My friend had not had sex with her. Why she accused him, I have no idea.
Not sure of the point of your last comment. What non-reported rapes? If a rape is non-reported, how is its existence to be verified or detected? Is it a subatomic particle, or some sort of metaphysical entity?
Oh, your questions are very precious. My friend, a 19 year old kid going through a year-long, high intensity training course, was pulled from training, told he was a rapist, told he was going to be court martialed, put on what amounts to punishment details, and in general treated like a pariah by his chain of command. Somehow, the details of the accusation were let slip into the general trainee population, which you can imagine led to more isolation. Then after a couple of months it turned out that the girl had gotten blind drunk, banged somebody who was not my friend or her boyfriend, then made the whole thing up. Whoops. So, without a "sorry," my friend was put in another class.
What facts? The "facts" here are a halfassed survey with vague questions and volunteer respondents, providing no granularity or clarity whatsoever. Then the survey's results are not juxtaposed with any comparable civilian surveys or studies, but used as a big club to beat people over the head with. And before you throw out gibberish like "slut shaming," perhaps you should read up on the incidence of false rape claims.
@Another Opinion @ironiclad @_B_
The Army is not the victim here. Their statistics were designed to be misused. The second I hear "in the last year, 30,000 soldiers had their lives threatened by hostile fire and/or unicorn attacks", I know there's about to be a unicorn eradication program, and G-d help the unicorn lover who raises an eyebrow.
The root of the problem? The root of the problem is amoral officers willing to throw the whole world under the bus for the sale of their career, the anumerate politicians they answer to, and those pulling the strings on the whole sordid affair. Btw, in the interest of accuracy, what you have is a friend who SAYS she was raped. Or was there a trial, verdict, etc? In my friend's case, there was an investigation by a chain of command which presumed him guilty until proven innocent. It was only the accuser's complete inability to maintain a cohesive story with any kind of credibility that kept him from being conclusively crucified.
I don't know where to start. If they're not reported, how do we know they happened? If they were reported, how do we know they happened? What exactly happened, to whom and in what context? Did more or less of it happen than in the civilian peer group, equalized by gender, age, ethnicity and income? Nobody is interested in asking these questions, because they don't suit the Narrative (and our host surely isn't an exception.) Instead, it's "off with their heads," and if you're not screaming loudly enough, you need your head lopped off as well.
I'll tell you something else-I had a close friend have his life destroyed by a false rape accusation in the military. His command crucified him, and then the accuser's story fell apart. In the space of a few months, he went from an idealistic minister's kid, homeschooled, a model soldier and a true believer, to something...darker. I sincerely hope that those participating in the current hysteria get to experience the receiving end, or have it happen to their children.