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March 03, 2006

H&I Fires* 3 Mar 06

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I gotta run. Yer up! - The Armorer


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This is interesting... the direction of the anger has changed.

While I welcome the scrutiny the Dubai Ports World deal has brought the issue of Port Security, and that it has given us tongs with which to hold the Dems feet to the fire on security issues - I think that Representative Hunter's solution to the problem, de facto if not de jure nationalization of critical infrastructure (his bill is pretty sweeping) is not a good approach either, and, is, well, wrong. At least he didn't suggest the government take over the infrastructure and run it, but I believe his belief that simply being "American-owned" is going to address the issue is just shameless political theater and a Bad Idea on the surface of it. Just making sure Ken Lay or Ivan Boesky owns something doesn't mean they won't put Robert Hannsen or John Walker in charge of security. That is simply not the issue... the issue is the government is already responsible for security, what are THEY doing to overwatch and improve it?

Oh, and what's the scope of the issue? Among other things, keeping track of terminology. Port versus terminal. And 80% of the terminals... are foreign-owned... -The Armorer


*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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