Pentagon: Send More Money!

You can't make this up, the scale of incompetence and brain-dead planning on the part of the most expensive military paper tiger in the Earth's history is breathtaking. Best of both worlds from a government perspective: huge budgets and no accountability. The Pentagon failed its sixth audit in a row last month. But semantics aside, one major reason the Pentagon keeps failing audits is because it can’t keep track of its property. Last year, the Pentagon couldn’t properly account for a whopping 61% of its $3.5 trillion in assets. That figure increased this year, with the department...

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The Fat Leonard Scandal in the USN: Corruption at the Highest Levels

Craig Whitlock, author of the incredible The Afghanistan Papers, does a great job revealing just how high and vast the institutional rot is in the DoD. Craig Whitlock’s book outlines the long story of Leonard Glenn Francis, AKA “Fart Leonard” on the US Navy and the individuals involved through his business dealings in the Western Pacific. He used bribery, fraud, and manipulation to exploit weaknesses in the system and gain favor with high-ranking Navy officials. The story highlights the culture of corruption and the abuse of power within the Navy. The book also explores the role of...

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A Morality of Anger and Guilt

Splendid Memorial Day speech by Matthew Hoh: The idea of my talk was originally going to be that of the unending costs of war, and I found that to be very daunting for a number of reasons.  One, I just didn't know where to begin, what to talk about, what facet of the costs of war, the unending costs of war to emphasize, to talk about. I was terrified of the thought of leaving something out. One, because someone might be like, "Hey, Matt, you forgot that." So that's a hit to my ego. But more importantly, what cost of war has more importance than the other, what can have more importance than...

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Nothing New in Military Technology Disasters

Readers think I am highly critical of Western military foibles and bad decisions (I am) but history is replete with mismanagement and poor planning planet-wide in military technology. Like the Indian nuclear submarine disaster from leaving a hatch open on the INS Arihan in 2018 or the German Type VIIC U-boat (U-1206) sinking due to a high pressure toilet, history is replete with poor technology implementation. The new Swedish warship, Vasa, launches in 1628 and sinks in twenty minutes. Looks expensive... “The warship survived the first blast of wind it encountered on its maiden voyage in...

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Now They Figure It Out…

Too little and too late and once the smaller companies get Pentagon contracts, they will be destroyed in the Pentagon's Soviet acquisition system. “While the Armament Directorate remains committed to our highly-capable legacy products, we have become convinced that widening the aperture to include more non-traditional aerospace companies offers the best chance at accomplishing our cost-per-unit goals, project timeline, and production quantity goals,” Cassie Johnson, the armament directorate’s ETV program manager, said in the release. The open-architecture drone is to fly at least 500...

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The Frigate Follies Get Worse and Worse

Déjà vu, it's happening again. The surface navy failures manifested in the Littoral Combat Ship, the Zumwalt and the USS Ford will soon have another ship to add to that gallery of maritime incompetence that showcases the modern US Navy. I say again, construction started before all the design & modeling were complete, verified and validated. And I suspect the Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for this ship is not rational or mature. USNI News reported Navy officials said at one point the Constellation design shared about 85 percent commonality with the original Italian FREMM but that...

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Frigate Failure Follies

I am currently doing a podcast series on what appears to be a droll subject but it is critical to getting big projects right. If you can't articulate and create a rational and effective Concept of Operations, you will fail. Th Navy never disappoints in failure lately. They are trying to create a sterling track record of abysmal failure in ship design since the last success of the Arleigh Burke class, which was the last working ship the Navy completed to standard. The US Navy is now 36 months behind schedule and building a ship without designs completed. The Little Crappy Ship psychosis is...

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Ep 044 “CG Excursion Praxis: Rational Concepts of Operations (CONOPS) (Part One)”

I discuss a rather technical treatment of developing and using Concepts of Operations (CONOPS). This episode examines the timeless and tedious process of getting baselines and expectations right for small and large projects alike. References: Special Forces Detachment Mission Planning Guide GTA 31-01-003 January 2020 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE STANDARD PRACTICE WORK BREAKDOWN STRUCTURES FOR DEFENSE MATERIEL ITEMS MILSTD 881F 13 May 2022 Cost of 13 NASA projects skyrocket due to improper reviews My Substack Email at cgpodcast@pm.me

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Israel Winner of the 2003 Iraq Oil War

Israel Winner of the 2003 Iraq Oil War

From the Foreword by Lawrence B. Wilkerson: “[T]he debate over whether oil was a principal reason for the 2003 invasion has waxed and waned, with one camp arguing that it absolutely was, while the other argues the precise opposite.” “Mr. Vogler, himself a former...

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