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August 20, 2006

H&I* Fires 20 Aug 2006

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Holy Crap! A bunch of Britons refuse to allow an airplane to take off with South Asian men aboard and stage a mutiny to see that the two men are taken off? Never see that in America. Wow. And I thought we 'Muricans were supposed to be knee jerk racists. I am stunned to less than a hundred words.

If THIS is any indication, Army will beat Navy at its own game, come this Fall. - BOQ


Compare this "integration of reserves into combat" with our months-long process... -the Armorer


Carnival of the Recipes is up, for those who follow that! -the Armorer


*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".