Friday, August 29, 2008
On the call with us today was Andrew Lubin of Get the Gouge, Grim from Blackfive, Chuck Simmins of America's North Shore Journal, David Axe of Danger Room, Austin Bay, John Donovan from Castle Argghhh!, and Jim Dolbow and Daren Lewis from An Unofficial Coast Guard Blog.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
"Those elements are not only where we want to be in the future, but what we have to do in this era of persistent conflict," Maj. Gen. David Halverson
On the call with us today was Scott Malensek of Flopping Aces, Jason Sigger with the Armchair Generalist, Greg Grant of NextGov, John Donovan from Castle Argghhh! and U.S. Army Major Bryan Carroll, currently attending the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and blogging at A Major's Perspective.
" Their progress and all these tremendous security gains I just talked about have not been achieved without an incredible sacrifice -
On the call today was: D.J. Elliot of the Long War Journal, Scott Malensek with Flopping Aces, Greg Grant of NextGov, Grim with Blackfive, and Jarred Fishman of the Air Force Pundit.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
“We want to create a safe and prosperous environment where the people will willingly accept the newly trained and respectable Afghan National Police,”
On the call with us today: Andrew Lubin of Get the Gouge, Bruce McQuain of QandO, Christian Lowe with Military.com, and Claire Russo of the Institute for the Study of War.
On the call with us today was Andrew Lubin with Get the Gouge, Jim Dolbow of the Unofficial Coast Guard Blog, Chuck Simmins of America's North Shore Journal, and Scott Malensek with Flopping Aces.
"I was on the ground here exactly five years ago. I actually got here in April of 2003 to Baghdad when the major hospital that we used
Col. Powell discussed Iraq’s progress over the past five years providing medical care for its military and police forces during the roundtable. The Iraqis have a clear direction for their military health system, said Powell, who works closely with the embattled nation’s surgeon general. However, he said, they still have a tremendous challenge finding qualified individuals to staff the system, with only 160 of 800 available physician positions filled.
Joining us on the call were Chuck Simmons, North Shore Journal; Jarred Fishman, Air Force Pundit; and Grim, Blackfive.net.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix, while visiting Forward Operating Base Golestan,
Aug. 14. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steve Cushman)
Gen. Conway discussed the task force’s extension in country and the possibility of being replaced by another Marine unit. “I probably could have told you that when you came here, you would probably get extended,” Gen. Conway said. “It didn’t come as a surprise at all. We told the Secretary of Defense, ‘we understand what the risk is, and we understand the need for the Marines there.’”
Consistent with comments he’s made in the press, Gen. Conway said that in order to deploy more Marines to
“We’re not big enough to do both
After meeting the company and platoon commanders, the commandant and sergeant major then met with junior Marines who conduct daily combat patrols in the face of significant enemy threat.
“You’ve shown what Marines can do,” Gen. Conway said. “When we were getting ready to deploy you, I predicted that ‘commanders are going to fall in love with us. We’re going to do a hell of a job, and we’re going to be asked to extend and asked to replace you with more Marines.’ I predicted that.”
(Article and photos by Cpl. Steve Cushman,Task Force 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division)
The team of military medical providers removed an infected abscess from the girl’s upper right neck during a health cooperative, also referred to as a Medical Capabilities (MEDCAP) event.
This was the second such initiative led by the Marines and sailors of 3rd Civil Affairs Group, Task Force 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, part of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix.
Three-year-old Miriam was brought into the makeshift facility barefoot and dirty by her 10-year-old brother and 1st Lt. Erik M. Lukas, an infantry officer assigned to Weapons Company, TF 2/7.
“When we brought her inside, she had boils and dirt all over her neck. I felt bad for her because I knew that it hurt,” said Lukas, who was mostly devastated by a boil on Miriam’s neck that was one and ½-inch wide and one and ¼-inch thick.
Navy Lt. Junior Grade James L. Armitage, a physician’s assistant, decided that he, his team of health providers and Lukas “had to do something” immediately. If the boil wasn’t removed from the toddler’s body, Armitage said the boil could have potentially become a lingering health threat.
“I’m glad she trusted Americans enough to come here because I don’t know where she would’ve received the proper professional treatment she required. Especially here, the people are poor,” Armitage said.
The medical procedure lasted about 15 minutes, but Lukas said the affects could last a lifetime.
“That’s one of the things we’re here to do, improve their quality of life. Like helping the sick people, we’re also helping the kids. I’m glad the little girl got help. Missions like MEDCAPs improve the atmospherics to allow the ANP (Afghanistan National Police) to do their job better; to learn better,” Lukas said.
Miriam is now recovering from her surgery in her Afghan home, thanks to the service members who continue to support various other civil affairs projects.
(Article and photos by Cpl. Ray Lewis, Task Force 2d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Combined Joint Task Force
“If a soldier is worried about his family, he cannot perform his job to the best of his abilities,” said military spouse Becky Pillsbury
Joining us on the call were Bryan with A Major's Perspective, Kat with www.thedonovan.com, and the National Military Family Association.
With the potential for increased vessel traffic in the arctic, Coast Guard operations in
Joining us on the call were David Axe, www.warisboring.com, and Peter Stinson, www.cgblog.org.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
“There’s important medical information in those records that can either help a soldier when they get out of the Army for VA benefits, or …
Joining us on the call were Andrew Lubin, www.getthegouge.com, Bryan with A Major's Perspective, and Grim, www.blackfive.net.
"A myriad of fascinating devices are achievable using transformation optics and metamaterials. One of the most exciting applications is an
electromagnetic cloak that can bend light around itself, similar to the flow of water around a stone, making visible both the cloak and an object hidden inside," said
Threats like al-Qaeda and related groups, as well as an unspecified "malign Iranian influence," are best dealth with using
Joining us on the call were Spencer Ackerman, www.washingtonindependent.com; Grim, www.blackfive.net; Andrew Lubin, www.getthegouge.com; Christian Lowe, www.military.com; Scott Malensek, www.floppingaces.net; Jarred Fishman, www.airforcepundit.blogspot.com; and Troy Steward, www.bouhammer.com.
Friday, August 15, 2008
On the call with us was Andrew Lubin of Get the Gouge, Jim Dolbow of the Unofficial Coast Guard Blog, Jason Sigger of the Armchair Generalist, Paul McCleary of Ares, Colin Clark with DoD Buzz, and Greg Grant of NextGov.
With us on the call was Andrew Lubin of Get the Gouge, Jonas Hogg of the Ball Gunner, Chuck Simmins of America's North Shore Journal, Jim Dolbow with the Unofficial Coast Guard Blog, Christian Lowe with Military.com, and Bruce McQuain with QandO.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
"I'm just ready to go there and have fun, and that's what I'm going to do. And, I really can't wait to go out there and represent the
Joining us on the call were Grim, www.blackfive.net, and Bryant Jordan, www.military.com.
“My team continues to focus on doing the right things to bring those capabilities – those everyday things that the Iraqis need and want
Johnson joined the roundtable to discuss an effort to start bringing the Iraqi people into the 21st century by providing modern technologies in the ministries.
Joining us on the roundtable were Andrew Lubin, www.getthegouge.com, and Jarred Fishman, www.airforcepundit.blogspot.com.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
"The Navy, as you all probably know, never has had a civil affairs force in the past, although Admiral Bullard liked to say we'd been in the business
On the call with is today was Jim Dolbow of the Unofficial Coast Guard Blog and Grim of Blackfive.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
"Today I was told by an Afghan general that if Kandahar becomes secure, all of Afghanistan will become secure." Col. John Cuddy
With us on the call was, Grim of Blackfive, Christopher Radin of the Long War Journal, and Troy from Bouhammer.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
mission. One is understanding cyberelectronics that is -- it is evolving in our thinking, and two, appreciating the current state of our development efforts, particularly on the electronic warfare front," said Col. Wayne Parks, director of Computer Network Operations-Electronic Warfare Proponent and TRADOC capabilities manager for Electronic Warfare Integration at the Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Col. Parks spoke with bloggers today on a DoD Bloggers Roundtable and discussed the current and future roles of cyber-electronic warfare in combat operations.
Friday, August 1, 2008
"Through the efforts of very many brave men and women, tough men and women - soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines - we're
On DoD Bloggers Roundtable August 1, Col McGrath reflected on his 14 months in southern Afghanistan, as he prepares to return home to the United States, and the mission to build the capacity and capability of the Afghan army and police.
Joining us today were Jarred A. Fishman, airforcepundit.com; Kate Wiltrout, The Virginian-Pilot; Troy Steward, bouhammer.com; Sharon Weinberger, blog.wired.com; Andrew Lubin, Get the Gouge; Grim, blackfive.net; Bruce McQuain, qando.net; Boston Maggie.
"Intelligence information is essential to defeating the insurgent, terrorist threat and establishing Iraqi self-reliance," said Mr. Steve Bond
Joining us today were Jarred A. Fishman, airforcepundit.blogspot.com and Ed Morrissey, captainsquartersblog.com.
“This is the first time a foreign law enforcement detachment has been deployed from a U.S. military ship to exercise another
On the call with us today was David Axe, warisborning.com; Jim Dolbow, cgblog.org; and Andrew Lubin, Get The Gouge.