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March 31, 2006

H&I Fires 31 Mar 2006

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FbL and Holly Aho lead a discussion on the value of the upcoming Milblog Conference. Be sure to read the comments at both sites.

Power Line blog is soliciting amateur news video

Yeah, it's slightly stale news, but Countercolumn has a great anaylsis -- Operation Swarmer: What Didn't Happen. - Fuzzybear Lioness


Heh. I see Fuzzy is getting busy early again! [I set it up last night when I was avoiding what I shoulda been doing - FBL] Gad, gurl, it's only 8:47PM on Friday at my location... ;^)

I like this cat. -The Armorer


Don't forget to submit recipes to the Carnival of the Recipes (recipe-dot-carnival-at-gmail-dot-c0m before noon CST Saturday) This week's theme is April Fool's! --Punctilious


Proof that Ann Coulter is the Anti-Christ? Hmmm. Decide for yourself. But who else would release a book on 6/06/06, eh?


Just the random collection of stuff that's come acrossed my 'puter screen today:
1) What the PRC thinks about US/Japanese political movements pertaining to cross training on Guam. (Without having to get nasty spyware/malware by going to the PRC sites themselves even.)
2) A trully wonky article in Foreign Affairs on Iraq--- pre- and post- invasion. Long. Slog. Info-overload. Only tackle with coffee or buttloads of soda handy.
3) Score one for the good guys. Terrorist propoganda spouting network shut down by US agencies. Who says we don't understand InfoWar? (I do, but that's beside the point)
4) Iran claims to have an 'invisible to radar' missile. Hard to tell how much is hype and how much needs to be worried about. Radar Observalibility is a complex thing and I don't quite get all the physics of it. I don't want to get into the 'they're nearsighted so they can't be good fighter pilots' crap, but first response is to be highly sceptical.
5) Which side should one take in this fight? Army tries to halt troops from buying personal body armor


*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".