About the header imageA UH-60 Black Hawk from Task Force 34, 1st Battalion 244th Assault Helicopter Battalion flies over a mosque during a routine flight on Feb. 27. From US Army on Flickr.
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Author Archives: Crispin Burke
Syria is a proverbial Gordian Knot; the two-year old conflict is a vexing web of proxy armies, tenuous allies, and a myriad of factions with competing goals. But just as the real conflict has been a lightning rod for all … Continue reading
On Friday, newly-minted officers from the US Naval Academy listened to President Barack Obama call upon them to uphold the leadership lessons instilled in them throughout their four years in the academy. Yet, had these midshipmen opened up the Washington Post … Continue reading
In Washington, few things bring the left and the right together. That’s why the latest round of debates over drones–involving a strange coalition of the far left and the far right–was so surreal. Drone hysteria filled the airwaves for days, once again, … Continue reading
A wise man, erm, rabbit once said that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. In that case, I’m pleased that an Air Force officer named (Presumably, Lt. Col.) Tony Carr has manage to pen an … Continue reading
Whether they want to admit it or not, the majority of Americans got what they wanted this Friday. We’re a nation that pays far too little in taxes; and despite the rhetoric, we receive far more from our government than … Continue reading
So you’re leaving the US military because you’re tired of being micromanaged? As it turns out, the private sector isn’t much better. In a recent report from Harvard Business School, entitled “The Flattened Firm: Not As Advertised“, we learn that … Continue reading
Fans of this blog are undoubtedly familiar with the tale of brave Sir Leeroy Jenkins. As Leeroy is away from the keyboard, enjoying a bucket of fried chicken, his clan leader briefs his fellow World of Warcraft players on an intricate plan to … Continue reading
I doubt Carl von Clausewitz, Maurice de Saxe or Napoleon Bonaparte could even beat Arthur Wellesley in a game of Command and Conquer. Continental strategists did, however, have one great advantage over the future Duke of Wellington: After all, grand strategy is … Continue reading
Every flight school class has “that” student. The one who unwittingly hits on female instructor pilots at off-post establishments, throwing his car keys on the bar, and referring to them as the “keys to the F-22”. The one who claims … Continue reading
In which I debunk Martin van Creveld’s absurd views on women with Martin van Creveld’s absurd book on logistics
Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld has made immense contributions to the US military when one considers the legions of students at the various War Colleges who have written term papers specifically rebutting van Creveld’s crackpot theories. From the same theorist who … Continue reading