Information Whack-A-Mole

My digital rabbit hole runs deep and has lots of branches. Over the last few days, I have found myself browsing interesting articles on the idea of hybrid warfare and Information Operations. One of which resonated strongly: John Little’s podcast, “Propaganda, Influence, and Disruption.” There is some sort of perverse fascination in what the predictions …

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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 …

“What is one thing you hated when you served in the US armed forces?”

Sometimes, there is never a simple answer because the question brings back too many memories... The day I received my DD-214. This sounds odd, I know, but those of us who have sat waited, reviewed, and received that one important piece of paper can appreciate the finality it represents. There were many things I outright detested while I was on …

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 …

What Advice Would NCOs Like to Give to Unseasoned Officers?

This question originally came from Quora and, like others, I took it and ran with it a bit more than I could... and probably still missed some valid points.  Oh, these topics really make me smile with all sorts of great answers from folks too numerous and well-spoken to list with any brevity. Speaking from …

“What Made You Smile Today?”

A series of texts at12:23am: “Psst, got some news... I made the E7 list.” “…I cannot thank you enough for writing the letter for me. Words just seem empty compared to how I am filled with gratitude… you have always believed in me. That helps make someone go a long way.” The source of the …

Echoes of the Silent Service

This was an earlier paper which was inspired by my own digging into the "behind-the-scenes" world of museum boat management and operations. Originally, it was going to end up being much longer, but I was limited by the assignment instructions. In this form, however, it is sufficient enough to cover the general idea of what an …

“Don’t Shoot! We’re Republicans!” – The Chaotic Tale of the USS Porter

One of the more interesting aspects of history is how the occasional tale is often overlooked, like those surrounding an American Fletcher-class destroyer – the USS William D. Porter – and the key events in this destroyer’s rather short, but chaotic, career. The first notable incident, not declassified until 1958, involved a series of errors …