Friday, August 05, 2022

Weird America. How did taking pictures of your food become fashionable?

This is weird.

Question though.

Do ya'll take pics of your food?

Alpha Company, 2d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (LAR), 2d Marine Division @ Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation (MCCRE) on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Battalion Landing Team 2/5, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducts small boat training...

Is the Marine Corps Becoming Irrelevant?

 Thanks to Carlton for the link!


It should be noted that, during each challenge to the existence of the Marine Corps, it never discarded capabilities. Innovations were always additive. That is why so many retired Marines -- and secretly, many active-duty ones -- are so worried about the commandant's Force Design 2030 initiative, which is well underway.

In implementing Force Design 2030, Gen. David Berger, the current Marine Corps commandant, has consulted with the secretary of defense. Apparently, however, Berger did not coordinate with the combatant commanders who now control military operations in the major theaters worldwide.

Before the Goldwater-Nichols military reform legislation of the 1980s, the president, via the defense secretary, appointed a commander to manage a crisis and then assigned forces to that commander. Today, however, the combatant commanders plan and coordinate for potential crises in their assigned regions. The service chiefs vie to demonstrate capabilities in those theaters. Despite recent developments in Ukraine, the combatant commanders in the Middle East and Europe will want heavy combat equipment, which the Marine Corps no longer has.

Berger has bet the farm that the next big war will be against China. If he is right, and the Corps contributes significantly, he will be a hero. If he is wrong and the next conflict occurs elsewhere, the Marine Corps faces irrelevance. (NOTE THAT THIS HAS BEEN A COMMON COMPLAINT OF MINE....Berger is thinking Pacific, I'm thinking Middle East, again, or Africa)

Berger's ideas on sensor-to-shooter technologies, increased use of robotics and information operations are visionary and should be commended. In the 1990s, I was a senior member of the Marine Corps' experimentation establishment, and Berger was a midgrade staff officer. We hoped to leverage emerging technologies and field lighter, more lethal forces in situations where they were appropriate. However, I also believed that situations such as counterinsurgency and urban combat would still require conventional capabilities.

We could always organize small forces for high-tech combat if needed from larger existing formations, but that is no longer an option under Berger's plan. The Corps cannot afford to ever tell a combatant commander, "Sorry, we don't do windows."

Story here 

Open Comment Post. 5 Aug 22


Must read article! Force Design 2030 will not work in the S. Pacific

Read the article then read the comments on Twitter. 

Simply amazing. 

This bubba explains in detail while this stealth force, firing missiles will be detected and microfragmented poste haste if hostilities would actually occur between the US and China. MANY MANY MANY FD2030 zealots are trying to knock the guy but he lays it out plainly. FD2030 will NOT work against a technologically advanced foe that is a naval power. 

The curious thing is that parts of it combined with the legacy MAGTF would probably be EXTREMELY lethal against most foes (would be overwhelming capable against 99.5% of the forces on the planet), but the sad reality is that in the Pacific it will be a naval and air war. FULL STOP! A sea battle must be won on the sea. 

The Marine Corps can't save the Navy. The Navy must step up and sort itself out!  This perhaps explains why the Navy isn't fully onboard with FD2030.  Did they perhaps run their own wargames and determined that the concept wasn't worthy?

Thursday, August 04, 2022

The doomsday scenario isn't a Chinese invasion...its a mistake happening on either side that leads to war.

 Ya know what the most dangerous thing is about these exercises that China is carrying out?

It's not the threat of invasion.  I don't think the Chinese want that, we don't want that but China NEEDS to save face ... so they're gonna rattle cages hard.

The most dangerous thing is that you have so many military units operating in a relatively confined area, firing live rounds all over the place that we could actually see a mistake happen that leads to a war no one really wants.

A missile goes off course and hits Taiwan?  A pilot gets amped up and does something stupid in the midst of patriotic fervor?

A ship captain that turns weapons loose when his ship gets illuminated?  An amphibious assault exercise where the landing forces doesn't turn around at the designated line drawn on a map?

People are involved in this thing and people fuck up.  That's the real danger here.

If this is true then the Feds in this area need to stop playing secret squirrel and let the locals know what the fuck they're doing!

Interesting. In my neck of the woods they let us know what's what. Pretty damn good relations....Hell we even have a US Marshals Special Ops Training Group Center in our area and they even let us hit their range.

Battalion Landing Team 2/5, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct combat rubber raiding craft training

Does every Infantry Squad need a counter UAS gun?

How low do you push counter UAS kit? If every Infantry Squad is gonna have a UAS capability then shouldn't ever Squad have a counter capability?