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June 27, 2006

H&I Fires 27 Jun 06

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WASHINGTON - The annual cost of replacing, repairing and upgrading Army equipment in Iraq and Afghanistan is expected to more than triple next year to more than $17 billion, according to Army documents obtained by the Associated Press.

Prediction - as is already happening in the Air Force and Navy - this bill will get paid from the personnel accounts. It's the quickest and easiest bill-payer, politically. And if done right, can make sense. But we rarely let operational assessments drive the decision - we look at how much money we need to cut, figure out how many people that is, and then manufacture an operational assessment to match. T'was ever thus it seems. Well, that's not true - only since the creation of the Department of Defense have we done it that way. Before that we just demobbed as fast as we could. So I suppose it's an improvement...

Color me a part of the group who thinks Sandy Berger should have done some jail time - like I might well have if I had pulled the classified papers in my pants stunt - and it would have been a *lifetime* ban on a security clearance, not just a couple of years) - but Louis Freeh's bit in the WSJ, highlighted by the Vodkapundit - fills me with contempt. I would love to hear Mr. Clinton's and Mr. Berger's defense of their actions.

If I was the Indian Army - I'd be really glad that I wasn't facing a fight with anyone at the moment. Problems with tank ammo *and* with the sights.

1787 Edward Gibbon completes "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" - Which is more than I can say for myself. I only got through volume 1.

And this is just my life, lately. Happy Day Late Birthday, Chesty, wherever you are!

Dick Tracy call your office. H/t, CAPT H. -The Armorer


This may be old, but given The Armorers style book change, the argument over possible insurgent amnesty I think this a piece worth looking back at and contemplating. Leaven that with BH Liddel-Hart's admonition that you should give the enemy a chance to surrender and enter into a situation of peace.

(Drinks down the ale The Cheif so kindly provided. Back to serving out my sentence(or is it sentences?) in Castle Pergatory.)

*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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