They Started It…

From a friends’ Facebook post: February 10 – “This is what 78,400 barrels of oil looks like, passing through in two and a half minutes. 98 rail cars, each hauling 800 barrels. Or, if you prefer: 130,704 Liters, for a total of 12,808,992 Liters. Canada ships the equivalent of more than forty of these trains …

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Oahu, Missile Drills, and Chaos

This post was originally intended to be published on December 4, 2017 – shortly after the initial testing of these sirens on Oahu. December 1st marked the start of the monthly testing of attack sirens on Oahu, and – as usual – a conversation on Facebook got me to thinking about the article, its purpose, …

Professional Regrets? None.

"Do you ever regret entering your field of work?" On February 29, 2016, I retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years as a 67T/15T, a military occupational specialty (MOS) officially known as a “Utility Helicopter Repairer.” During that time, I logged a total of 3904.9 flight hours – 1230.2 of which were combat hours. …

Twitter

“Joined November 2017” I’m still not sure about this step – joining Twitter. I have been extremely critical of our growing dependence on social media platforms and their impact on attention spans when it comes to complex ideas and perspectives, and Twitter is usually the first culprit in mind when I ponder the “Why?” and …

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 …

Light Reading, Heavy Thinking

Most of my ideas and inspirations occur when I am driving my truck. Apart from negotiating and the occasional profanity at the growing trend of distracted drivers (we have smart bombs and smart phones, but combining the latter with vehicles makes for more destructive power than any GPS-guided munition), I am usually rocking out to …

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 …