Author Archives: Crispin Burke

About Crispin Burke

US Army Aviator, Military Blogger. Self-described as a "Pocketful of Awesomeness". Does not represent the views of the Department of Defense.

And lest I forget…

Yesterday’s epic picture of an Otto von Bismarck stein was brought to you courtesy of Adam Elkus.  WIN!

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Greatest strategists in history: A WOI essay contest

If you haven’t picked up the most recent copy of Infinity Journal, you should.  (Go ahead and register, it’s free!)  Among the contributors is Colonel Gian Gentile, currently a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, who penned an … Continue reading

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Our grasp of strategy is worse than I thought

Awww, thanks. According to a recent Gallup poll, more more Americans responded that America’s land forces–namely, the Army and Marine Corps–were more important to its defense than the Air Force or the Navy.  It’s a touching gesture, no doubt a … Continue reading

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Blogroll Update

Defense analyst and LOLcat enthusiast Adam Elkus has been busy redesigning his Rethinking Security blog.  Make sure you update your blogroll accordingly: Rethinking Security has moved to Tumblr. The complete RS archives–2007 to 2011–have migrated to WordPress. Adam also has … Continue reading

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C2 By PowerPoint

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might suspect I dislike PowerPoint ever so slightly.  But though I often denounce Microsoft’s ubiquitous slide-view software, PowerPoint actually serves as a scapegoat for my frustration with tired thinking and … Continue reading

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Calling Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot

Just when I think the nadir of US-Pakistani relations can’t get any lower, the world surprises me yet again. The [Pakistani] military is funding a TV action series aimed at showcasing its role in fighting Taliban militants. To keep costs … Continue reading

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Metrics: Love ’em or leave ’em

What do you call an aviator in a District Stability Framework seminar? (I spent the entire day trying to come up with a punchline for this.  Suffice to say, the aforementioned aviator is yours truly, and attendance at a District … Continue reading

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Ding dong, the black beret is gone!

This can’t take effect soon enough: “The Soldiers didn’t like the fact that the beret was hot — it was not something that they wore the majority of the time,” [Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler] said. “And they … Continue reading

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Hey Doctrine Man, why isn’t the “Airmobile Raid” in US doctrine?

Okay, I’ll admit it:  I’m a doctrine dork.  So much that I actually looked forward to the first revision of the US Army’s Air Assault manual in nearly a quarter-century with the same giddy anticipation I had before the release of … Continue reading

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Nagging NATO? Nothing New…

In the wake of Secretary Gates’ lambasting of several NATO members for not pulling their own weight in the Alliance (save Denmark, lauded by President Obama for “punching well above its weight“), we get the usual round of complaints over … Continue reading

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