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December 06, 2006

H&I* Fires, 6 DEC 2006

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gollum is having some trouble getting at research materials for something he’s trying to write for Big Boot (And hopefully get out of Castle Purgatory thereby---I like the Russian Hamster Paratrooper and all, but he’s not much of a conversationalist and you can only read the comics so many times.).

Anyone have the ability to get at stuff from the archives at the Naval War College that can get me a look at stuff on PLAN doctrine and capabilities? Well, stuff that’s open source level anyways but for some reason I can’t access from home. Pleeeeeease? If so please drop a line in the comments section.

(gollum does too know how to write in a professional and sourced manner. He’s just typically to lazy to do so, and vitreous about his spelling.)
Oh, and the Iraq Study Group report should be out today. I wonder how badly some people are going to feel betrayed. -ry


Well, I think I discovered "shilling matters." The nomination process for the 2006 Weblog Awards is over. The Finalists are announced.

I find myself vaguely disquieted. In the 2004 Awards, we came in 4th for Best Milblog. In the 2005 Awards, we came in 5th, with those newbies, Op-For, pushing us down a notch.

This year, we didn't make the cut. We're not on the list at all. I admit, I didn't put forth any effort. I made one post about it, mostly because I wanted to see what difference it made. Sigh. Boy, did it make a difference, huh?

We did make the list for "Best of the Top 250 Blogs", along with these guys:

Best of the Top 250 Blogs

My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
All Things Beautiful
Castle Argghhh!!!
Stop The ACLU
The Median Sib
Talk Left

Winning in this category is, well, frankly, equivalent to... winning the NIT, eh? Consolation prize for the also-rans.

I know all the issues about popularity contests like this. But for some reason, not making the cut as a mil-blog, well, bothers me.

I guess I really *am* retired. And, damn but there's a lot of grey in this beard. -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. 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".

Comments on H&I* Fires, 6 DEC 2006
BillT briefed on December 6, 2006 06:30 AM

Ry - Here's a jump-off point with some decent, open source links (Go Fish). Visit triple-dub globalsecurity dot org, click Military, then World, then China, then PLAN-overview.

Unless you want to spend a couple-fifty-bucks and browse the US Naval Institute archives...

Cricket briefed on December 6, 2006 12:12 PM

I think you do fine as a milblog, but maybe the distinction should be active duty? I say that not because you are not on the ground, but because HERE is where I have learned more about the military as a group, as officers enlisted, all of the rest.

Active duty blogs to me would be front line, on the ground stuff...what we are not getting in the MSM. Here, however, I can come and read between the lines.

No, you are an important milblog, but I don't think they have you in the right context.

At least I don't think they do.

Just saying...

jim b briefed on December 6, 2006 12:19 PM

Oh oh TAD hath been the ruin of him.

"President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, who flaunts his ideological fervour, has been accused of undermining Iran's Islamic revolution after television footage appeared to show him watching a female song and dance show."

Danged Gurly Shows!!!!

"The famously austere Mr Ahmadinejad has been criticised by his own allies after attending the lavish opening ceremony of the Asian games in Qatar, a sporting competition involving 13,000 athletes from 39 countries. The ceremony featured Indian and Egyptian dancers and female vocalists. Many were not wearing veils."

Well he double hockey sticks ... no veils! (rend your garments here)

In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking now heaven knows .... Anything goes!,,1964075,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=12

ry briefed on December 6, 2006 03:28 PM

'Tanks Bill. But I'm looking for something a little more serious than globalsecurity or even StratFor. I already spent the money for USNI but they aren't offering the type of thing I'm looking for. Close, but not quite. I know there's stuff out there (someone I know found it), but he's in Alaska with all his books, magazine clippings, and notes.(which means I can't get them).
Besides, it's typically considered best to have three corroborating sources instead of just one. USNI would be only one. I've got a lead that an article I want is behind the NWC firewall and I can't figure out how to get behind it (in a cheap, legal, and timely manner that is).
But thanks Unca Bill.

Buck up John. Grey looks good on you. You don't want to give the Young Bears (and us Ferrets) any ideas now do 'ya? And you get to take the fleugzueg(sp) on Friday to see your darlin' bride. That counts for something don't it?

Cassandra briefed on December 6, 2006 04:01 PM

You are so funny John. I have been writing for three years and I never even get within a mile of being nominated, much less anything else and you *know* how much effort I put into my writing :)

Why are you so hard on yourself?

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 6, 2006 04:03 PM

Because I'm male, have a huge, yet fragile ego, and it gets the purty gurls to talk to me.


Cassandra briefed on December 6, 2006 05:53 PM

Oh honestly... :) Men.

Trias briefed on December 7, 2006 04:25 AM

All the same it's my favourite milblog. if you were a populist John well you wouldn't be John anymore.

beth briefed on December 7, 2006 05:01 AM

John is way too hard on himself. Always has been, at least as far as I know!

beth briefed on December 7, 2006 05:01 AM

John is way too hard on himself. Always has been, at least as far as I know!

beth briefed on December 7, 2006 06:02 AM

I did not hit the Post button twice, I really didn't!


Cassandra briefed on December 7, 2006 01:22 PM

Beth, I am glad to hear you say it. You hold him and I'll hit him, gal!


beth briefed on December 7, 2006 10:49 PM

I agree with Cass and your Beth, you are WAY too hard on yourself. I think you definitly should have been in the MilBlog category - but who am I?

But the Best of the Top 250 ain't bad! Maybe they were seeing you in a broader context??

Anyway, I think your blog is great and a standard bearer for the MilBlogs.

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 8, 2006 07:39 AM

It's too late, Beth - I already voted for your blog...! ;^)

Vinnie briefed on December 10, 2006 01:22 AM

Typical Army. Don't see us Navy guys whining about which category we're put in.

If you were a Marine, I'd have sympathy, because the Navy owns the Marines.'re not.

Hey, look at the bright side. No matter what category you're in, you're still an Army Of One.

From that point of view, you'll win every year!

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 10, 2006 08:57 AM

No, Vinnie, yer wrong. We're Army Strong!

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