What is your favorite song to heal heartbreak or bring you out of a hole? Why? How did you discover it?

Posted 15Jun18 Oh, this is a good question and the answer has been on my mind a lot, lately. “In A Moment" by the Stereophonics: https://youtu.be/VbagcoetpGw “Don't know where you're going Used to be a star And everywhere you turn They're raining on your fire You're searching for an answer Your hands and tongue are …

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What causes the high, strong whistle sound of an helicopter engine at full speed?

Posted 6Jun18. A great example: The Ranger Flight Company, Maneuver Center of Excellence I love the previous answers… especially Neil’s: “You are hearing the ludicrous spin of the compressor section of the turbine.” This sound is more noticeable as a helicopter – such as the Blackhawk – performs a hovering turn. As the nose of the …

Classical Clausewitzian Strategy, COIN, and Shock & Awe

Study the Second Gulf War and the war in Afghanistan. How did Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom deviate from a classical Clausewitzian strategy? Do you believe this deviation caused many of the difficulties faced by Coalition Forces in the years that followed? How has the Petraeus Doctrine addressed the problems of modern insurgencies? It …

The Treaty of Versailles, Fourteen Points and Retribution

The Treaty of Versailles ended World War I but it proved a poor ending. Have you looked at the actual document? Why might it and the war's ending have led to World War II? Until my academic adventures, I had only a casual familiarity with the actual Treaty of Versailles in its lengthy 1919 entirety. …

First World War Musings

“Discuss what you thought was most interesting fact about WWI?” What is the most interesting fact about the First World War is the immense role it played in human history. Upon the signing of the Armistice, the path of mankind started in a much different direction than anyone at the time could have imagined and …

Unions and Disunity: Walter Reuther’s Influence on Labor/Corporate Relations in the American Automotive Industry

This was one of the most difficult papers to write as I understand the perspectives of those both for and against labor unions...  The industrial might of the United States upon the close of the Second World War was second to none in the global economy. American will and pride had risen to the challenges …