Good Intentions – Poor Execution: Intelligence and the Korean War

This was another academic submission inspired by the increased tensions with North Korea and the result of my own question of "how did it happen?"  We never seem to grasp the idea that present troubles have an extremely important set of contributing factors which established the conditions of today. This has been the way things …

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Waffle House, Leadership, and Lucien Truscott

Inspiration comes from the strangest sources. A while ago, my wife and I stopped in a random Waffle House and due to the early Sunday afternoon post-church rush, they were slammed, and the only seats available were at the counter. There, we had front row seats to the eleven-person shift calling out, cooking, and picking …

What Does it Mean to be a Veteran?

I posted this to Facebook four years ago, shortly before my last flight in the Army, and it popped up in my “Memories” today. I am reposting with the commentary from the post as they are words from folks with whom I have proudly served as their contributions illustrate the bonds between former strangers turned …

Soviet Shipping and American Subs – A Look at Fratricide

At times, Quora can be irritatingly problematic due to the inconsistent moderation of the discussions, but there are times when I enjoy the inspiration provided by some of the questions. What do you know about WWII that I probably don’t? Soviet merchant ships were accidentally engaged by American submarines during the war. According to Clay …

A Conversation with Curtis and Mical

A recent conversation thread brought me to a topic which, for me, is a sensitive subject to discuss in an open forum – experiences with racism. Central to this discussion was a 32-year-old article from The New York Times, summarizing first hand experiences with the lingering effects of the Jim Crow laws in Alabama, Georgia, …

Post-Soviet Russian Diplomacy and the Western Media

This was my final paper for my Diplomacy and War II class - the final academic requirement for my Bachelor's in Military History.  I have a couple of minor issues with this product, and the instructor had noticed. First was the inclusion of the American Revolutionary War - a point that I had intended to …

First-Person History

The assignment for War and Diplomacy II was to write an account of a historic diplomatic event from the perspective of a key figure involved. I chose Jimmy Carter's meeting with the former hostages released from 444 days of Iranian captivity... January 20, 1981 Wiesbaden, West Germany [recording starts] “Sorry I am late… the press …

Billy Mitchell’s Legacy

Examine the life and military biography of William "Billy" Mitchell (1879-1936). How did Mitchell's professional military career and experiences inform his views on the possibilities of American air power?  What is his legacy to American air power? They cyclic nature of history provides an interesting look at the theories and warnings espoused by Mitchell in …

The Crimean War, the American Civil War… Clausewitz, Jomini, and Mahan

I have considered revising some of my academic submissions into long-form posts here, but in the meantime (and consistent with my recent post), I am going to leave this as largely as it was saved – with the question or comments in italics. Of course, feedback – especially on readability – will always be appreciated. …