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April 02, 2006

H&I Fires* 2 April 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...

[Hmm... the kimchi seems to have rotted John's brain. Either that or all the big toys have him a little distracted...]

Unintended consequences... Buried in an article about Condoleeza Rice's visit to the UK is this interesting tidbit:

Last Thursday...the US Senate voted to tighten the laws governing foreign investments in American companies, on the ground that they might allow terrorists or hostile governments to acquire information prejudicial to national security. The proposed reforms...will hit Britain harder than any other country because there is no bigger international financial centre than London, and there is no bigger international financial transaction than the flow of foreign money into the US.

Pope Glass for soldiers - the ingenuity of the American Soldier at work again. Here's more on the CROWS system also mentioned in the article [though I'm sure many of you already know about it]. - Fuzzybear Lioness

*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".