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March 15, 2006

H&I Fires* 15 Mar 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...

Heh. While the photo is funny - wonder what the inspiration was for that vehicle...

Soviet-derived tank designs are *still* popular, even though they don't have a good track record in wartime. Of course, it could be because the Soviet/Chinese marketing paradigm is like Ford and Chevy sponsoring the Keystone Kops Racing Team, too, vice having Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon driving for you. But they sell, don't they?

Baldilocks is a little rough on her peers... hee! But her post points out something else. Exactly those people we don't want, we'd end with, if the Draft were to return.

Matt, with someone you should know.

The 'Phibian on the Fall of Rome Europe. Oh, and that Dubai Ports World thing, too. Heh.

Lex has been reading the Guardian... and reports out on the Liberal's Case For War.

Meanwhile, thanks to politics and being focused elsewhere, we aren't tending to the knitting in our own backyard.

That's enough. You guys take over. -The Armorer
Hey, has anyone seen the new book 'Cobra II' yet? Just wondering if it's polemics dressed up as history, flag officers kvetching about how they could've done it better(see Omar Bradley and G. Patton's autobigraphical works for examples), or good and honest history.
It's getting 'quoted' here in academe around the water cooler. Anyone? Anyone? Beuler? Beuler?

*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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