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Great read, enjoyed it. Very informative!


3 days, 13 hours ago on Walking Dead Advisor to the Zombie Apocalypse: Battlefield Recovery

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Great idea. :)

4 days, 20 hours ago on The Loadout Room, SOFREP, and The Walking Dead

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@toril @Jaycel Adkins @majrod Things on twitter are far smaller than they are manufactured to appear. The Right cares more about what Moore thinks, than the Left, these days. 

1 week, 1 day ago on What?! Fat Actors Called Us Cowards?!

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@LadyHW @papasmarvin @YouAreMyArsenal Who has Hollywood killed again? 


1 week, 1 day ago on Hollywood Bites the Hand that Feeds

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@flagg There is profit in giving offense and being offended, from both sides of the political spectrum. Lots of click-baiting going on. 


1 week, 2 days ago on Bowling for Cowardice: Michael Moore and Snipers

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@majrod More likely just what he thinks. Click bait isn't much of a litmus test on political beliefs (however tenuous those beliefs are connected to logic or reality). 


1 week, 2 days ago on What?! Fat Actors Called Us Cowards?!

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Tremendous Warrior and character, thank you for sharing these stories.

1 week, 6 days ago on Where the Red Man Treads: William “Chief” Carlson

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Interesting and thought provoking read, thank you. 

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Total War Part 6: Political Warfare Committee

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Tremendous, thank you for sharing this with us. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Ranger Matthew Rierson: When It Rains, It Pours

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Kinda morbidly curious to see the East finally come online as the fulcrum of the world. The West did it's best (and the world is kinda awesome because of it), but history is about to turn to the page. 

1 month, 1 week ago on A Historical View of Intelligence Gathering Pt.2: Ancient Asia

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Just terrific format and background in presenting this article about this particular issue. Really well done. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Women Now Eligible to Join Australia’s Special Operations Command

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Well worth paying for the reading. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Taking SOFREP to the Next Level

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@jgross65 No, not always….but more than once. "Mindset" trumps "skill set" in the long run, I've found. The fallacy is to think it's a skill set that is going to get you ahead in a capitalistic system. It's not. It's the mindset to try, fail, and try again. 

Most people I know who went into something to learn a job skill, end up being 'workers' and not 'owners.' 

Veterans who are concerned about their 'infantry' or 'combat' skill sets not translating into civilian skill sets are making a fundamental error. 

Try. Fail. Try again. 

2 months ago on I Was a Warfighter

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 I am proud of my service. It made me a resilient, strong person.

That's more than most. And more than enough, to 'make it' in the civilian world. 



2 months ago on I Was a Warfighter

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@Loren Schofield @Jaycel Adkins World War II and Fascism. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Total War Part 4: Compassionate Brutality

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“What is more humane: conducting a war with the intent of winning it, and the unconditional surrender of your enemy, or conducting a war where the main goal is to avoid civilian casualties and minimize damage to the infrastructure?” 
What is wiser, attempting to stomp out religious extremist via limited action….or risking a 'Clash of Civilization' via unlimited action? 

Bush made the right call in 2001. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Total War Part 4: Compassionate Brutality

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@ColonelProp Both had to contend with those pesky Russians. ;)


2 months, 1 week ago on Total War Part 4: Compassionate Brutality

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@Recon6 @jbone_11 There is a fait accompli in the Hero meme, i.e. to criticize the policy/war is in effect, to criticize the 'Heroes' whose job it is to carry it out. It's the politicians and pundits who like the Hero meme in order to stifle debate and dissent, by calling dissenters unpatriotic. 

You see it play out on the Left, where there is a refusal to criticize Islam at all. And if you do, you are an Islamophobe. 

There is a sense, that the generation now in charge put infantilism and fascism into a blender and pressed "On."

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Open Letter to David Masciotra and Salon on Veterans Day

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@Alicinav @Jaycel Adkins He is a member of our society, that's enough to have an opinion on the topic, as far as I am concerned. It's an opinion piece that said some uncomfortable things, which I appreciate. 

If it was a piece about how to travel faster than the speed of light, I would check his bio to see where his PhD in Physics came from. 

If it was a piece on critiquing specific tactics used by JSOC operators, I would check his bio to see what his SOF experience was.  

It's an opinion piece about a phenomena that is blatantly obvious to everyone, so his personal experience is a bit divorced from the points he is making.

The word "Hero" is going the way of the words "Genius" and "Winner", i.e. a word that once meant something, and is steadily coming to mean nothing. 

Social Justice Warriors aren't the only people clever with how they use words to stifle debate and dissent. 

Just my thoughts. :)

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Open Letter to David Masciotra and Salon on Veterans Day

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People should debate the issues that were brought up, rather than talk about this dude. I read the whole article and found stuff I agreed with and stuff I thought was recycled blahblahblah. 

Being a Hero is about taking specific actions in specific circumstances that exhibit some form of selfless virtue. Being a Hero isn't an occupation. 

Are our 'Freedoms' endangered by jihadists? Or are our 'Freedoms' endangered by the Government's attempts to combat jihadists? Is there a meaningful difference? 

That's an interesting conversation to have. Calling names is for the school yard. 

*Great post, DerekG. I'm not going to call you a Hero, but I figure you exhibited Virtue on more occasions than most, and for that, much Respect Veteran. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Open Letter to David Masciotra and Salon on Veterans Day

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Respect. 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Real Women of the PKK: Havel Minsky

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@LawyerHandle They are confirming he is the guy from the Esquire article? But NSW is saying that he is NOT the guy who killed UBL, which was the 'point man,' who is never going to talk.*

Is that where this story is at right now? 

*And isn't a f*cking ginger, but a short dude (5'6") who knows how to not talk: to reporters or girls in a bar, knows what he's benefit package is, and doesn't have anything to do with video games? 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Naval Special Warfare Leadership Responds to ‘The Shooter’ & Mark Owen

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@LawyerHandle Honestly, comedy wise I thought it was actually not his best standup, but philosophically I thought it was really on point given his background, i.e.   civil war in black community. I agree with him, after the most Christian Nation, after the Vatican maybe, turned Christmas into an economic/hedonistic orgy….there really isn't anything sacred. At least in terms of popular culture in the US. 

Self gratification trumps everything in American Popular Culture. Events are just an excuse for that self-gratification. Whether that event is the birth of the 'Son of God.' Or that event is the raid that killed UBL. 

"How do I make this Event about ME? And what I want?"

Though, I admit, that Boston Marathon bit was a bit rough, though I thought he was going to go way darker with it, than he ultimately did. 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Naval Special Warfare Leadership Responds to ‘The Shooter’ & Mark Owen

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"Just five years away from 9/11 sales." - Chris Rock, SNL, November 1st, 2014. 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Naval Special Warfare Leadership Responds to ‘The Shooter’ & Mark Owen

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Great subject and great interview


3 months, 3 weeks ago on War Dogs Interview

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Sounds like great boot. How applicable would it be to add drain holes to the boot when it gets submerged in water. Looking for a rucking boot I can use to splash in big puddles ;)

4 months ago on Quick Look: Salomon Quest 4D Boots

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Interesting read. 

I'm a bit baffled why it would just now dawn on someone after all that has happened in the last ten plus years that 'the enemy is real. The enemy is prepared. And he is educated.' 

:/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgb_1b8qMzo



4 months ago on The Night Train and the Jihadist

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Great post. Another major military event that got reported first by a twitter account, a la UBL Raid. Any more info on this Khorasan Group would be interesting to read, given how they were supposedly about to strike the US homeland? Bit brow raising to me. 

4 months, 1 week ago on US Airstrikes Expanded to Syrian Targets

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Historically, how many 20 year plans withstand 'outside events'/Black Swans to actually bear a meaningful resemblance to their original intent and purpose? 

Great article. 

4 months, 2 weeks ago on The Harmonious Fist Of China: Twenty Years of Strategy In The Making

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Good men, Respect. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on US Wants Australian SOF to Fight the Islamic State

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Over my head, just tries to be nice to people. All I got. :)

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Transgenders In The Military Exist

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@SixTwo There are some GORUCK events in NYC this fall. I wish you the best, there was a Ranger a while back who did a Heavy in preparation for SFAS down in TX. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Lies and Stolen Valor: Cory Alan Jackson, of Range Time

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@SixTwo @Jaycel Adkins @Loren Schofield @landshark222 @DanielMarkert Respect for heading off to SFAS. Out of curiosity, have you done any GORUCK events or followed any of the selection plans by Military Athlete? 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Lies and Stolen Valor: Cory Alan Jackson, of Range Time

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@Loren Schofield @landshark222 @DanielMarkert For $300 I can take a Defensive Handgun class - two days from this RangeTime Tactical Shooting (IF you never actually done anything or been a part of something that was 'Tactical' why...well..nevermind). 

OR

For $275 I can take a 'Tactical' Handgun Class - one day, from a retired Delta Force Assault Team Leader who was an instructor at Operator Training Course for Delta. 


4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Lies and Stolen Valor: Cory Alan Jackson, of Range Time

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@Loren Schofield @Recon6 @Jaycel Adkins I just see the problem in with a different lens. 

We have seen a number of examples of these types of events where collapse is not in the cards. Of course the argument will be that none of those events were the BIG ONE. And you would be right, they aren't. But the question becomes, when the BIG ONE happens, will things be akin to what happened before, or will it be so big that it just overwhelms not just ability to recover materially, but would scramble the minds of hundreds of millions of people to make a moral choice that due to this singular event (no electricity via attack) civilization, altruism, virtue, and community must be abandoned. And what must be embraced is some form of Hobbesian world view where the lack of electricity (a lack that humanity has experienced for 99.9% of it's existence) necessarily and only can lead to a 'war of all against all.' 

My intuition is that is not how it will play out. 

Hopefully we'll never know just how wrong we both are. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Loren Schofield @landshark222 @DanielMarkert Rather take instruction from a former Tier One Operator than a current youtube celeb. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Lies and Stolen Valor: Cory Alan Jackson, of Range Time

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@Loren Schofield To be frank, I don't know ultimately how the scenario plays out. Hence my caution about predicting the fall of Civilization and deaths of tens/hundreds of millions of people. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Kiyabear @Loren Schofield And the 9 most frightening words in that scenario will truly be ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhYJS80MgYA

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Loren Schofield Given that the scenario is fiction and you are the author of it, Loren. I'll concede that you can plot this thing however you wish. 

I'm OK with that. 

;)

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@YankeePapa @Jaycel Adkins @Loren Schofield My reply was to Loren, so I was taking his scenario of a Terrorist act as the starting off point. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Loren Schofield And you assume that we would get no help from the 'outside?' 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Loren Schofield All the more reason for our allies to come in and help us rebuild the grid. 

It's as if the The Wall from Game of Thrones is suddenly erected around the borders of the United States once these bombs go off. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Recon6 @Jaycel Adkins Check out these books, they have informed a lot of my thinking on the subject of how things would go and how we would get back up on our feet afterwards. I'm a bit obsessed with the idea of extinction level events like last five mass extinctions, the current sixth one (if you believe in that sort of thing) and how best to survive (resilience) and ultimately thrive (anti-fragility). 

Some cool books: 

Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans will Survive a Mass Extinction by AnnaLee Newitz. 

The Knowledge: How to rebuild our world from scratch, by Lewis Dartnell

Apocalyptic Planet by Craig Childs

The Disaster Diaries by Sam Sheridan

A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnitt

There is a pretty cool youtube interview by Joe Rogan with Randall Clarkson that covers some previous extinction level events and some spooky theories about 'lost' civilizations etc. You would have to just search Randall Clarkson and Joe Rogan Podcast to find it. 

I would just give links, but the comments always want to bring in photos, etc. Looks obnoxious!!

Cheers brother and take care. Enjoy the Florida weather, glad no hurricanes this season yet, two more months…knock on wood!

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@CL0VR Great plot. :)

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Recon6 @Jaycel Adkins A lot of interesting research and scholarship has gone into what would happen given a true collapse of society. 

Barring a mass extinction level event, which interestingly enough, can't really be human caused, I think things will pan out ok. We are special, but not THAT Special. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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