Here's a really fucked up joke I've heard from way to many army friends acquaintances: Q: You're a sniper watching a bridge, and you got orders saying to shoot anyone trying to cross. Suddenly a small child approaches and begins to cross the bridge. What do you feel? A: Recoil. [Cue the laughter of assholes.] … Continue reading ROEs – “What do you feel?”
And the dissection of Lepine's planning session continues! This next post is going to cover various situational and threat assessments that are informing Gen Lepine's hard-assed plan. It's a bit scatter-shot for a deconstruction, but then again, it's a pretty scatter-shot for a planning process too. Last time we discussed how Gen Lepine was basically … Continue reading 55-Lepine has a Plan (2) – Speaking of Ass…
Soooo....now that I've laid out the basics of how Canadians do the airborne thing, let's start into how Bland envisions it working. Much like our examination of Alex Gabriel's Winnipeg Map Recce, I'm going to have to break this down into multiple posts. This one's going to deal with some big-picture strategy issues, the next … Continue reading 55-Lepine has a Plan (1) – Hard Assed?
So the next part of the Deconstruction deals with a planned Airborne Operation carried out by Douglas Bland's fictional Canadian Special Service Regiment (CSSR). A lot of the shit that gets presented is seriously, blatantly, wrong, but that wrongness is not necessarily self-evident. So I figure it might be a good idea to lay out … Continue reading Airborne Ops: A (very) basic primer
So there's this joke in the militia about how you determine who's leadership material, but for it to make sense I need to explain a few things first. This might take a moment, but I am going somewhere with this. Identifying potential NCO leadership is a tricky situation in the militia, and a major part … Continue reading Leadership(?)-First one to look
Now then. When this scene began, Gen René Lepine was sitting alone in the Canada Command conference room. Now, all of a sudden, he's not only running a multi-time zone video conference with a bunch of CF Base Commanders who are probably very busy, but also a number of key staff members from his headquarters … Continue reading 54-You and what army?
***This post started out as a footnote for an upcoming post, before I tried to tie it in to a previous post, at which point I realized I needed to turn it into a full sized article and so here we are.*** ROEs. Rules Of Engagement. These are vital orders that must be given in … Continue reading “Anything that moves…” ROEs when things aren’t simple.
In case you were wondering what our token “good Indian” with the western sounding name, we’re now back to Gen Lepine’s headquarters.... [Heavy sigh. Time for a sidebar.] Okay, so, I'm still not sure what to make of the fact that René Lepine is native. Because it feels like it should mean something, even though … Continue reading 53-Lepine is loading Chekhov’s gun with blanks!
So here's a thing that happened... The lead up to Remembrance Day is always a time that puts me into a contemplative mood. The Day itself is usually a stressful rush given that I'm part of the ceremonies. So I end up focussed on doing my job right, rather than taking a moment to reflect. … Continue reading Some thoughts on Don Cherry…
The next couple of pages take us back to Molly Grace’s HQ in ‘The Complex’ in Akwesasne. For the most part it’s a re-hash of previous briefings where characters in the story go over what the reader already knows, although a few new tidbits are presented here. When we last left the 'the Complex' at … Continue reading 52-What are we talking about again?