Archive: September 14, 2008 - September 20, 2008

Green on Green

By Robert Bateman A recent article in The Post highlighted an interesting dustup between the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency. Apparently the Pentagon is considered the country's biggest polluter, with polluted military sites accounting for 10 percent of Superfund sites. Granted, some of those posts have been...

By washingtonpost.com | September 19, 2008; 5:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Rains Fail

By Clint Douglas Today's New York Times contains a particularly disturbing piece about the drought in Afghanistan and the looming certainty of widespread famine throughout the country this winter. Given the more attention grabbing and violent headlines coming out of Afghanistan and Pakistan, I doubt that this unwelcome news will...

By washingtonpost.com | September 19, 2008; 5:18 PM ET | Comments (4)

Fridays in the Pentagon

By Robert Bateman I wrote the following essay two years ago. Quite a few have probably seen this already. It was posted originally on MSNBC.com. It was later republished by a friend of mine, Joe Galloway, in his column for the McClatchy chain of newspapers. I offer it here again...

By washingtonpost.com | September 19, 2008; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

Hezbollah to the Rescue?

By Clint Douglas In 2006, Hezbollah fought Israel to a bloody stalemate using what many analysts are calling "hybrid-warfare," which lies somewhere between what we generally understand to be guerrilla and conventional warfare. Hezbollah fighters utilized sophisticated anti-tank and anti-ship missiles, as well as surprisingly secure high-tech communications systems, all...

By washingtonpost.com | September 18, 2008; 4:49 PM ET | Comments (22)

Soldiers and Warriors

By Robert Bateman GAAAA-RYYY OWEN, GARRYOWEN, GARRYOWEN, IN THE LITTLE BIGHORN VALLEY ALL ALONE, THERE'LL BE BETTER DAYS TO BE, FOR THE SEVENTH CAVALRY, WHEN WE RIDE AGAIN FOR DEAR OLD GARRYOWEN! ~ To the tune of the 7th Cavalry tune "Sergeant Flynn" I am a Seventh Cavalry officer. I...

By washingtonpost.com | September 18, 2008; 2:28 PM ET | Comments (36)

Fighting Over the Future

By Shawn Brimley Most defense analysts have been following the debate going on in military circles over what the future threat environment will look like and how to best prepare America's military. To those who may not be wonkish enough to follow the blow-by-blow in the pages of Armed Forces...

By washingtonpost.com | September 17, 2008; 4:02 PM ET | Comments (17)

The New Man in Iraq

By Colin Kahl Yesterday, General Ray Odierno took over the command of Multi-National Force-Iraq from General David Petraeus, who is leaving to become the head of Central Command. Odierno is one of the most controversial figures of the Iraq war, and he is taking over at a time of immense...

By washingtonpost.com | September 17, 2008; 9:52 AM ET | Comments (4)

The Attack in Yemen

By Robert Bateman Today we get news that the American Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, was again attacked. My immediate feeling on this, sad as it might be, was not outrage, but curiosity. Specifically, I'm curious as to why we have not seen many more attacks like this on our embassies....

By washingtonpost.com | September 17, 2008; 9:42 AM ET | Comments (11)

Mars and Minerva

By Robert Bateman When my friend Paul recently saw me for the first time in over a decade, he immediately lapsed into late-80s-speak. We had been lieutenants together in a rifle battalion of the 25th Infantry Division. "Duuuuuude! Yer baaaald!" My friend Paul has always been an absolute master of...

By washingtonpost.com | September 16, 2008; 4:44 PM ET | Comments (20)

Grand Theft Auto: Russian Army

By Robert Bateman A few months ago the European Command conducted a training event called "Immediate Response 2008," involving roughly one thousand Soldiers and Marines. The news was barely noticed, and I suspect even the European Command forgot about the whole thing. Ho-hum, just one more exercise. After all, we...

By washingtonpost.com | September 15, 2008; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (30)

 
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