Tuesday, April 28, 2009
“The problem we deal with now is much more complex with enemies that will not only hide among the population, but will also open fire on our ground forces from amongst the population,” Air Force Col. Eric Holdaway, AFCENT/AFFOR director of intelligence, told bloggers and online journalists during a DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable, April 23. To combat these challenges, the Air Force devised new strategies for gathering information to target the enemy. “The purpose of all intelligence is to help our commanders get ahead of the enemies decision cycle so that we are able to anticipate what they are likely to do… so that we can obtain our objectives,” Holdaway said. Joining us on the call were Jarred Fishman, www.airforcepundit.com; David Axe, www.warisboring.com; Chuck Simmons, www.northshorejournal.com; Noah Schachtman, www.blog.wired.com; Greg Grant, www.military.com; Airforcelive.mil.
As the Defense Department ventures into social media, even the famed Tuskegee Airmen are using popular social media tools to engage others and inform the world about their service to their country. An Air Force public affairs officer accompanying the airmen on a recent trip to Southwest Asia to visit with U.S., joint and coalition forces and thank them for their service shared highlights from their trip on Facebook and Twitter. “Troops are following this journey on Facebook,” Maj. Andra Higgs, director of public affairs for 4th Air Force and assigned to Air Forces Central Command for this trip, said during a “DoD Live” bloggers roundtable April 24. “We’ve got this capacity now to communicate by way of satellite around the world in real time.” One of the four Tuskegee Airmen, Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson said that he is "taken aback by the technology of the young people, the technological expertise," he said. Jefferson served during World War II as a fighter pilot with the 332nd Fighter Group's 301st Fighter Squadron in Ramitelli, Italy.Joining on the call were Chuck Simmons and U.S. Air Force Live.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Coast Guard Office of Environmental Management’s Thomas Granito spoke with bloggers and online journalists, April 21, about the Coast Guard’s environmental initiatives over the past 10 years and how their environmental focus has changed for everyone in their service branch. “Today, it's a -- sort of a different world, and ‘environmental’ has taken a whole new meaning, and environmental is part of everybody's job,” added Granito. He also addressed Coast Guard's green initiatives, their Academy Award-winning recycling program, and an electronic systems detachment cell that harbors wind and solar energy systems. “We're also looking at seeking alternative and renewable fuels, eventually developing a good carbon footprint by assessing our impact from fuel usage and emissions,” he said.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Exercise Balikatan ’09, a joint bilateral exercise between the
Monday, April 13, 2009
Col. Evan Jay Trinkle, director of the Iraqi Center for Lessons Learned talked with bloggers and online journalists on DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable April 9 about the center’s lessons learned in Iraq to date. “The government of Iraq is making enormous progress in developing a professional military force that is capable of collecting and analyzing data from the variety of current and historic sources. This includes operations and training events that produce reports and viable training, lessons for military commanders, staff and students,” said Trinkle. “The mission of MNSTC-I is to … be of assistance to the Iraq government. In that, we must make certain the necessary steps of ensuring the nation’s self-sufficiency during the critical transition from coalition- to Iraq-led operations in support of the security agreement are all in place.”
Thursday, April 9, 2009
“We continue to operate under the security agreement as of 1 January which means more and more of the security responsibilities are being passed to the government of Iraq and their security forces,” Maj. Gen. David Perkins, director of Strategic Effects, CJ-9, Multi-National Force – Iraq, told bloggers and online journalists. MNF-I has already transitioned over 40 bases, areas, and facilities back under the guidance of the Iraqis, Perkins added.Joining us on the call were Greg Grant, Jeremy Domergue, and Jarred Fishman.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Joining us on the call were Andrew Lubin, themilitaryobserver.blogspot.com; Kevin Baron, Stars and Stripes-Central; Bryant Jordan, military.com.
Joining us on the call were Greg Grant, www.nextgov.com; Noah Shachtman, www.blog.wired.com; Jim Dolbow, www.blog.usni.org; David Axe, www.warisboring.com; CJ Grisham, www.soldiersperspective.com; and Andrew Lubin, www.themilitaryobserver.blogspot.com.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Joining us on the call was Chuck Simmons, of America's North Shore Journal.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Joining us on the call was Chuck Simmons, America's North Shore Journal.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Joining us on the call were Bryant Jordan, military.com; Beth Wilson, homefrontinfocus; David Axe, warisboring.com; and AirForceLive.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Joining us on the call were David Axe, www.warisboring.com; Beth Wilson, Homefront in Focus; and AirForceLive; Andrew Lubin, military observer; and Jason Sigger, armchairgeneralist.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Joining us on the call were Beth Wilson, homefrontinfocus.com; and DJ Elliot, www.longwarjournal.com.
Joining us on the call were David Axe, www.warisboring.com; and Jim Dolbow, www.blog.usni.org/.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
"This is great news for the Army family and for our soldiers who have sacrificed for their country and served so well for an
Thursday, March 12, 2009
“Africa Partnership Station responds to (East) African requests for training by providing a delivery vehicle for international, interagency
Joining us on the call were Chuck Simmons, North Shore Journal; and David Axe, warisboring.com.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
"In the most part, the U.S. has already withdrawn out of a lot of the cities. In fact, since the height of the surge, we have already
Last year they had weeks where they averaged over 190 attacks a day in Iraq, but routinely now they have days where they have less than 10 attacks a day throughout Iraq, Perkins added.
Joining us on the call were Paul McLeary, aviationweek; CJ Grisham, Soldiers Perspective; Spencer Ackerman, washingtonindependent; Bruce McQuain, qando.net; and Greg Grant.
"The culture of the Army is that of a team," said Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Peter Chiarelli. "And anytime one of our own feels so lost
"From joy to frustration, I've seen change in our society. I have seen changes in the views of our society on women serving in the military. And,
“Our role is to help the Iraqi security forces’ intelligence organizations” with manning, equipping, training, basing and sustaining
Joining us on the call were Christian Lowe, www.military.com; Sharon Weinberger, wired.com; Spencer Ackerman, washingtonindependent; Jarred Fishman, airforcepundit; Chuck Simmons, northshorejournal; and Sean Gallagher.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
"When I look at the mission statement and the specific objectives, I think the Coast Guard's ability to contribute to the joint force and
Giglio added that the Coast Guard's contributions is "one small example of the ways in which the Coast Guard, partnering with the U.S. Navy, can deliver a very broad mix of skills to address what is a pretty broad spectrum of threats in the maritime environment today."
Capt. Charles Michel, Chief of the Office of Maritime and International Law, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters also addressed bloggers and spoke about the Coast Guard's involvement in global anti-piracy efforts.
Participating in the roundtable were: Christian Lowe, www.defensetech.org; David Axe, www.warisboring.com; Jim Dolbow, www.cglog,org and/or http://blog.usni.org; Chuck Simmons, www.northshorejournal.org; Eagle1, www.eaglespeak.blogspot.com; Bruce McQuain, www.qando.net; Bill Nagle, http://smallwarsjournal.com/index.php.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
“The war in Iraq began to make us understand better that there are a lot of targets that we need to go after ...
Buckhout discussed the Army’s new Electronic Warfare (EW) 29-series career field for officers, warrant officers and enlisted personnel with bloggers and online journalists Tuesday 10 Feb.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Attending the call were Jim Dolbow, http://blog.usni.org/, David Axe, www.warisboring.com; Greg Grant, www.military.com; and Chuck Simmons, http://northshorejournal.org/.
Friday, January 16, 2009
"This is a historic time, we're really at a point, where we are supporting our warriors and loved ones recognizing that never in the history
Brig. Gen. Sutton participated in a roundtable to announce the opening of a new 24-hour outreach center, which will be open 365 days a year and is staffed by behavioral health consultants and nurses. This center will provide service members, veterans and their families a new resource for psychological health problems and traumatic brain injuries.
The center can be reached by calling 866-966-1020 toll-free, or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Joining us on the call were Carla Lois, http://somesoldiersmom.blogspot.com/ and Bruce McQuain http://www.qando.net/
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Lt. Gen. Seip discussed the Air Force's unmanned aerial systems and pilot track, activities in Central, South America and the Caribbean, and A-10 Thunderbolt II wing cracking issues. Joining Gen. Seip on the roundtable were Sagar Pathak with HorizontalRain.com, Chuck Simmins at America's North Shore Journal, David Axe with War is Boring, and Colin Clark of DoD Buzz.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Lt. Col. Kulmayer discussed the progress of reconciliation in Iraq and the transfer of the Sons of Iraq program to the Government of Iraq when he joined Andrew Lubin, David Axe, Claire Russo, Greg Grant, David Tate, and Chuck Simmins for the DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable.