The Plan

Photo courtesy US Army on Flickr

After last week’s Courtney Caper, a fellow blogger asked me, “why aren’t you mad”?

Should I be?

True, “Courtney” and her compatriots cavorted with the top minds in the defense and foreign policy community under the ruse of an attractive, albeit precocious 21-year old.  It’s also true that the consortium could have used their newfound influence for all sorts of nefarious acts:  fraud, blackmail, or usury among them. 

Yet, “Courtney” did none of these things.  While the potential for serious mischief was certainly present, in the end, all the group wanted to do write amusing essays.  And if someone paid attention to it, so much the better.  That’s more than one can say for another social media vixen, outed this April.

Indeed, Courtney continues to guest-post massive news roundups twice a day at this site, with absolutely no thought of malice or reward.  I can’t complain in the least.  Whatever Courtney is, she they have my confidence to post whenever they like.

Yet, I have to address the concerns of my fellow bloggers. 

Diana Wueger and Spencer Ackerman questioned whether Courtney’s ruse as an attractive 21-year old girl–coupled with gratuitous images of nubile females–was an affront to women in the IR field.

Please, it’s the Internet.

A mad, mad world, that crazy Internet.  It’s a place where we we get up-to-date defense technology news from Twitter accounts claiming to be inebriated Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

If we listen to Drunken Predators, Tipsy AC-130 gunships, Party Reapers, Sexy Raven UAVs, and the Bronx Zoo Cobra, there’s little shame in paying attention to a consortium of young defense intellectuals under the guise of a 21-year old poly-sci socialite. 

Which brings me to the plan:

I’m going to be a little busy during the month of October.  To make up for my lack of blogging, I will be requesting guest posts from the best young defense intellectuals I know.  At least fifty percent of them will be women. 

I’m also extending an invitation to all the UAVs on Twitter.  I want to hear their views.  And if it winds up that DrunkenPredator isn’t a.) typing with his wingtips, and b.) using Everclear instead of JP-8, well, the joke will be on me.  Again. 

(Cue the haters decrying my exploitation of the plight of drones for my own amusement.  I really don’t care.)

Over the next two weeks, I will be extending invitations to some of the best minds in the business. 

Some brief ground rules:

1.) Authors are free to post as often as they like during the month of October.  If possible, I’d like to get the females to time their posts to coincide with #WomenWednesday.  If you are a female (or at least pretending to be a female), please use the #WomenWednesday hashtag in the title of your post.  (See rule two)

2.) Be careful with the titles.  All of these posts populate into my Twitter feed, with the title and the link coming from my account.  So, if you post a title along the lines of “I :heart: penises”, this will come from my Twitter feed.  That is definitely not cool.  (Well, at least until September 20th)

3.) Don’t get me in trouble.  Seriously, please don’t. 

That’s about it.   

(I’ll probably regret this, too)

I’m currently taking applications.

About Crispin Burke

Major Crispin Burke is a US Army aviator qualified in the UH-60 and LUH-72 helicopters. Major Burke has served in the 82nd Airborne Division, 10th Mountain Division, and Joint Task Force-Bravo in Honduras. In what is likely a sad statement on the state of humanity, Major Burke's writings, musings, and irreverent cartoons have been featured at Small Wars Journal, National Defense University, Foreign Policy Online, Wired Magazine, Egremont, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Great Satan's Girlfriend.
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