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September 30, 2006

H&I Fires* 30 Sep 2006

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...

Charlie over at OPFOR jumps on the hold a seminar band wagon. I’m a Yankee Californian and don’t know how to do formal invitations well, Mr. Grim.

JRobb, I think, gets it right. It’s a propaganda war.

That seems to get lost on people. ‘They’ can say whatever they want, but we have to scrutinize everything we say to death. Let’s just fight with both hands tied behind our backs why don’t we? This is not a call to abandon skepticism, or even cynicism, but to realize some slack must be cut. If you think hearts and minds matter you don’t win them by making yourself a pigmy and letting the enemy look like King Kong. The most fruitful and most important territory to take and hold is between the ears.


Holly Aho, Soldiers' Angel extraordinaire and one of the busiest ladies in the MilBlog world has delivered a beautiful new baby girl--Vivianne Allison. Her four brothers are adjusting to having a sister... - FbL


*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. 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".

Snark me and the eastereggs, huh. Like we don't check them for mods.

What movie is this from?