Thursday, July 31, 2008
"...this is what you're seeing right now; some no-kidding-hard-knuckles political wrangling going on and, quite frankly, as messy as it is it's
On the call with us today were Grim of Blackfive, Scott Malensek from Flopping Aces, Marisa Cochrane of the Institute for the Study of War, D.J. Elliot from the Long War Journal, Jarred Fishman of the Air Force Pundit, Andrew Lubin from Get the Gouge and Proceedings, Bruce McQuain of QandO, Paul McLeary from Defense Tech International, and Jonas Hogg from The Ball Gunner.
1400 - Pentagon Briefing: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ADM Michael Mullen speak with reporters at the Pentagon. (Live, VoD, Podcast) Encore presentations at 1800, 0000 & 0600hrs.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
"... the golden moment was ... to train the 4th Brigade commander and his staff in the procedures they will employ in Iraq," said Gen. Garrett
Joining us on the call was Andrew Lubin, andrewlubin.com. Andrew's other blog sites include: themilitaryobserver.blogspot.com, and Get the Gouge.
Friday, July 25, 2008
“The opportunity to serve and follow in our father’s footsteps was one of our dreams growing up," said Maj. LaHavie Brunson
The Brunson family, which includes retired Sgt. Maj. Albert Brunson (Father); Maj. LaHavie Brunson (Son); Lt. Col. Xavier Brunson (Son); Maj. Tavi Brunson (Son); Capt. Miryam Brunson (Daughter-in-law). Lt. Col. Kirsten Brunson (daughter-in-law) discussed their proud tradition of serving in the U.S. Army and their combined 100 years of service with bloggers.
Maj. Tavi Brunson, LTC Kirsten Brunson
Second row: Maj. LaHavie Brunson, Rachel Brunson, Rebecca Brunson
(children of LTC Kirsten and LTC Xavier Brunson),
LTC Xavier Brunson
Third row: Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Albert Brunson,
Delphine Brunson (Sgt. Maj Al Brunson’s wife).
Joining us on the call were Andrew Lubin, themilitaryobserver.blogspot.com, and Brad Staggs, bradstaggs.blogspot.com, Jarred Fishman, airforcepundit.blogspot.com, and Bryant Jordan, www.military.com
Thursday, July 24, 2008
"In all the events we integrate fully ... and cause our soldiers to work through those language issues." Maj. Matthew Smith
On the call with us today were Grim from Blackfive and Andrew Lubin of Get the Gouge.
On the call with us today was Grim from Blackfive, Christian Lowe with Military.com, Scott from Flopping Aces, The Long War Journal's D.J. Elliot, Chuck Simmins of America's North Shore Journal, Farook Ahmed from the Institute for the Study of War, Bruce McQuain of QandO, and Jarred Fishman of the Air Force Pundit.
"Each of the analysts is responsible to keep his eyes open and talk to a lot of people ... to collect up lessons we are learning," said Col. Mains
Col. Steven Mains, Director, Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) and Maj. Ty Martin joined us for a DoD Bloggers Roundtable yesterday to discuss the CALL’s Lessons Learned Integration network.On the call was Chuck Simmons, www.northshorejournal.org, and Andrew Lubin, http://themilitaryobserver.blogspot.com.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
soldiers assigned to Task Force 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Combined Joint Task Force, personally thanked the service members for their wartime service.
"You are on the leading edge of positive change in Afghanistan," said Adm. Mullen.
Before departing the area, Adm. Mullen commended the task force on what it has accomplished in only a few months. Although he acknowledged that the mission to train, mentor and advise the Afghanistan National Police is a "different mission" for Marines, he also noted the significance of their efforts to aid in bringing peace and prosperity to the Afghan people.
The task force, which deployed here in early April, is currently operating throughout the Helmand and Farah provinces of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
(Information courtesy of Staff Sergeant Joseph L. Loewy, Public Affairs Chief, Task Force 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment Camp Barber, Afghanistan)
"They currently conduct 42 patrols per week. That's a 300 % increase in 12 months..." Capt. Paul Abraham
On the call with us today was David Axe of War is Boring, Andrew Lubin from the Military Observer, Jarred Fishman from The Air Force Pundit, and Scott Malensek from Flopping Aces.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
“We plan on showcasing a number of areas ... that are vitally important to … creating future capabilities for our soldiers,” said Dr. Parmentola
Joining us on the call today were Sharon Weinberger, blog.wired.com/defense; Bruce McQuan, www.qando.net; Science News, www.sciencenews.org/; Brian Wang, Next Big Future, nextbigfuture.com/, Tim Stevens with ubiwar.com/ and Steven Hoober with Public Sector Communications, http://shoobe01.blogspot.com/.
For more information about the upcoming conference, visit www.asc2008.com/
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
(U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Heldwin Brito)
Both Reservists are from the 302 Airlift Wing, based out of Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Lt. Col. Wilt is the 302 Operations Group Commander and MSgt Flight is the 302 OG Chief Loadmaster Flight Evaluator.
Joining the call was Chuck Simmons, www.northshorejournal.org.
"These games are essentially meant to provide soldiers with a myriad of experiences in developing situational awareness," said Dr. Goldberg
"We're interested in how to design, develop and utilize those technologies within a distributed setting, so having soldiers at different locations be able to, you know, essentially dial in to the same environment and carry out training together, even though they're not co-located," said Goldberg.
Goldberg and Sottilare explained a virtual training opportunity that they will be conducting with the
"We're involved in right now that's going to actually take place next week is kind of the crawl part of a three- phase effort, is we're working with researchers and soldiers in the United Kingdom, and we're going to be bringing them via a distributed game into an environment to carry out some military operations together as a coalition at the very lowest level. So next week we'll be rescuing the embassy personnel from some small, unknown country," said Goldberg.
"Minerva’s focus is on basic research and developing the skills in academia," said Dr. Thomas Mahnken
Joining us on the call was Steven Corman, www.nsf.gov, Sharon Weinberger, blog.wired.com, and Noah Shachtman, www.blogwired.com
Thursday, July 10, 2008
“We’re getting very positive feedback from the local communities with our FDD-trained police officers," Col. Cuddy
The FDD program rotates district police forces through eight weeks of rigorous training, and Cuddy said almost 800 police in southern Afghanistan have completed the course since its inception.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
"We want to continue to provide the same quality of care and support to our warriors in transition and their family," Col. Keenan
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
"The best avenue to approach this is to just look at the art of the possible ..." Maj. Gen. Jerry Cannon
On the call with us was DJ Elliot of the Long War Journal, Dave Dilegge of the Small Wars Journal, Bruce McQuain from QandO, and Jarred Fishman of the Air Force Pundit.
"Our nation is fortunate that so many talented and patriotic young people have stepped forward to serve, and that so many of them have chosen to continue to serve."
Defense SecretaryRobert M. Gates
Why do they volunteer? Find out here.
1100 - Pentagon Briefing: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ADM Michael Mullen speaks with reporters at the Pentagon. (Live, VoD, Podcast) Encore presentations at 1800 & 0000hrs.
1300 - Pentagon Briefing: Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy Bill Carr speaks with reporters at the Pentagon on the signing of a policy revision to standardize recruiting waivers. (Live, VoD, Podcast) Encore presentation at 0600hrs.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
0930 - Pentagon Re-enlistment Ceremony: The Army conducts a re-enlistment event in the Pentagon Center Courtyard in honor of the 35th Anniversary of the All-Volunteer Force. (Live, VoD)
1400 - Pentagon Briefing: Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy Bill Carr speaks with reporters at the Pentagon on the signing of a policy revision to standardize recruiting waivers. (Live, VoD, Podcast) Encore presentation at 1800hrs.