***It's going to take a little while to get there, but this posts' reading is Peter Edwards 'One Dead Indian: The Premier, the Police, and the Ipperwash Crisis.' I had long planned to do a post on Edwards' excellent book, as well as a separate one about the leadership issues that this post begins with. … Continue reading Reading + Leadership: Signal to Noise…
***In this post, I'm relating a couple of real life events from my time in the army. I'm deliberately keeping some details vague in order to protect identities. If you happen to recognize any of the people involved, please do not mention their names in any comments.*** It was a multi-unit exercise, and I had … Continue reading I’ve met these guys before…
***Note before we begin: This post deals with things such as terrorism and bombing attacks from a technical perspective, and analyses a scenario in which these occur in a Canadian city. I have already discussed some of my concerns regarding these issues in a post here. Further to this, please refrain from any technical discussions … Continue reading 59-The Fighting Begins (2) – Let’s talk bombs…
NOTE: As I mentioned before, I don't want to turn this blog into a place where I speculate about destroying Canada, or any other country for that matter. I also don't want deep into the weeds about technical matters, both because it can get boring and because some of it might push into classified territory. … Continue reading Sginal to Noise
So I was looking for a neat way to roll this next post into the deconstruction, but I never could find an opportunity so I'm just going to present it here. It's basically an idea (or the faint outlines of an idea) that's been percolating in the back of my mind for a while now, … Continue reading Uniform Thinking
Wow! After a long hiatus, we're back to the deconstruction! When we last left our two heroes...uh... ...huh... I'm not even sure how to describe Prime Minister Jack Hemp and Grand Chief Al Onanole. They're not protagonists, even though they're both central to the story and the targets of the villainous Movement's designs. They're not … Continue reading 56-Jack & Al have a meeting(4): Reject the past
***Quick note beforehand. As I have mentioned in other posts about women in the CAF, I'm coming from the perspective of a straight, middle-aged male, and my writing is going to reflect that. I'm not in any way trying to discount the perspectives of other genders and orientations, I'm just sticking to what I know … Continue reading The ‘Headquarters Harem,’ or why we can’t have nice things.
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?”
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