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February 26, 2006

H&I Fires 26 Feb 06.

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite. You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...

Denizen JMH enlists in a group blog about the Canadian Military called The Torch... and talks about... wait for it... enlisting. He has been resent the keys to the Castle so perhaps we will see more of his work, especially now that Canada has taken such a strong role in Afghanistan.

The Flea plans my vacations...

Kat on Saudi Arabia

Beth and Jay both ask your help for Charlotte.

Ooops! Failure to Follow the Received Wisdom Award!

The Carnival of Cordite is up!

Darn those fundraising woes...

Heh. Ambrose Bierce on surety: "To be positive: To be mistaken at the top of one's voice."

A little more info on just how small the presence of US firms in the shipping industry is (and why there weren't any US operators bidding). While I understand the concerns, and welcome the opportunity to whack the government over port security - who owns the operations just isn't as important as who secures them - which are *not* exactly the same people or thing.

Jim Dunnigan on the Navy's interest in refitting SLBM (Sub-Launched Ballistic Missiles) with conventional warheads. Partly to hold on to the boats by remissioning them, as well as a genuine nod to the changes in the security environment. Certainly a fast-response system compared to, say, a B2 flying out of Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. However - he leaves unsaid what I think is the *real* problem with the idea, and that isn't the technical aspect of slowing down the warheads enough to be useful. It's the fact we can't launch one of those things without coordinating with Russia, at least. And possibly China. Failure to do so might have some *real* problems? And if they don't like who we're shooting at - nothing is going to stop them from warning the target. Do we really want to enter the arena where ICBM launches can be conventional or nuke? Really muddies the water!

I haven't been paying attention. All this focus on futures stuff at work caused me to miss the fact that the Aussies are replacing their Leos with Creightons...-The Armorer

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On a completely unrelated matter, I am glad that on my recent move, we did not choose Glen, MS. Talk about the heebee jibees. - BOQ

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*A term of art from the artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to today's operating environment, right? But, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to that particular topic. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".

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