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April 23, 2006

H&I Fires* April 23, 2006

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Apparently, the pub crawl after yesterday's conference was very exciting. The Armorer must still be recovering. Fortunately, he has left the castle drawbridge down. When the castle master is away, the Denizens and Denizennes come out to play.

The Armorer continues to talk about OPSEC so I thought that these two posts by Spook In From the Cold would be great reads:

Why Secrets Matter: Even "principled" leaks can damage national intelligence activities.

The Leaker. You want to know how politics can damage national security? Instead of doing what any company would do when faced with massive failure (ie, dump any underperforming managers and employees, consolidate efforts, re-align resources), we added a few layers of bureaucracy. More chiefs, same indians = Wounded Knee. Let's hope it doesn't end up with the total destruction of the nation.

Winning the War: Chai tea, mud huts, villages with no names - Kat

More on war on terror or "the Long War". Security Watchtower has an interesting read with graphics: War & Escalation in South East Asia

Also, Saudi Arabia, with all it's duality, still tracking down internal terrorists. Got #3 on their list. Responsible for "24 February 2006 attack at the Abqaiq oil facility".

Finally, a funny little thing. Apparently, Al Jazeera liked one of the Watchtower's graphics and used it without attribution. -Kat

If you missed the news this morning, Bin Laden comes out of his cave. Urges the Mujihadeen to prepare for "long term war" with Zionists and Crusaders. Guess he got the "long war" memo. -Kat

Speaking of which, Security Watchtower also points us to Al Qaida's Seven Stage Strategy.


After more than fifteen years in the D.C. Region, our move to these here nether parts of Eastern Pennsylvania hasn’t been that easy. There are just those little things you get used to while living there; some of which you do not come to appreciate, until you leave them behind. Let’s take the Washington Post for example. Living there, I came to thing of it as a bastion for leftist propaganda. I was wrong. The local Socialist rag, makes The WaPo look decidedly fascist in comparison.

This morning, however, I was taken for a loop. I opened-up the Opinion Section looking forward to rant against its usual idiocy, and to my surprise, I found this: @@@ . Who would have thunk it, a Lefty supporting Fran O’Brien’s good work.

Oh and BTW - Good entries there K-MO!

*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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