On Writing

Followers of this blog have more than likely seen not only an increase in frequency of posts, but also a wandering series of themes over the last few weeks. I could easily place the blame on the confusing wind in my sails as my academic life slowly unravels like a dying tornado, but the truth …

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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 …

Thoughts on Charlottesville, VA

This is one of many questions I have responded to on Quora. Perhaps I may make this a frequent addition to this blog... perhaps not. I would say that I am ambivalent about it, but I'm doubtful about being certain on this idea.  How does it make United States veterans (especially combat veterans) feel, to …

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. …

Cavalry Maiden – Nadezhda Durova

In the time recently freed from the routine of Facebook, I have been bouncing between working on two different papers as well as organizing my “academic submissions” for sharing here. This one was for one of my earlier classes – off the top of my head, I cannot remember which – and oddly enough, it …

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 …