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  1. That is a good analogy, it's very similar to the cartel hierarchy in some places, especially in South America. This scenario is where I think specialized units would be most beneficial, a unit that knows the customs, language, and inner-workings of a particular tribal region could do very well, if the proper motive was given to oust the insurgents and essentially leave the tribes alone after the insurgent forces have been eradicated.
  2. While it would be nice to see other NATO members pick up the slack, it's less about involvement/contributions and more about how Afghanistan has been handled from both a strategic and tactical point by all parties involved in ISAF. This, by far is my personal preference. After our initial invasion, we should have left a small, highly specialized force trained in policing and civil affairs. Supported by SOF, a heavily armored/armored QRF, and deticated COIN air combat systems and transport aircraft. The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan should have been a textbook example of how NOT to tackle the region...which has been invaded and lost for nearly a millennia. We've been fighting a Low Intensity Conflict using doctrine and combat systems designed to fight a Full-Spectrum or Operational War scenario. The media certainly gives the impression that the Afghanis don't want us there, but there are sizable parts of the population that do. Our problem is interfacing or lack there of; with a culture our troops know little about. If we had a cultural specialist assigned to every team participating in the national building mission, our impact would be far more meaningful and visible. Those who the Taliban can't scare, bribe, or convert into jihadists, take up arms when a family member or friend is killed by coalitions forces. We need to be more discriminate and percise in our execution of force...which is why SOF would be ideal for the pipehitting side of the mission. The other side of this coin is the involvement of foreign fights funneling in from neighboring nations. Syria is a similar quagmire of both domestic and foreign fighters who are participating for myriad of reasons, from religious ideology to the promise of women and money. So, while you may manage to pacify the general populace and neutralize the domestic extremist factions, you still have to contend with those foreign fighters. Had we tackled it in the above manner, using funds derived from Afghani minerals, crops, and other commodities...it would have cost very little after the initial invasion. It would have put Afghanis in jobs, while allowing them to earn a wage, while also being able to reinvest in their nation. However, due to political quarterbacking, pocket-lining, and all the other lovely trimming associated with the MIC, we get a nice long and costly war that will never be won. Hopefully, Mattis can make a meaningful impact on the shitshow that's been running the past decade.
  3. One of my favorites. Based on some interesting, high profile cases of real espionage, primarily the "Illegals Program". I'm a big fan of the original and the original 95' film, the follow sequels and anime series "Stand Alone Complex" and "2nd GIG"...not really a fan of the more recent "Arise" and "Alternative Architecture" series. Very excited to see it. Indeed it was.
  4. I think Theresa has a rather firm idea of what is going on, especially with her having served as Home Secretary prior to becoming PM. As compared to suspending elections? The point of terrorism is to disrupt daily life as much as possible, to make people fearful of leaving their homes, to cause disruption in the operation of society. Any location with a group of people larger than 20 is a potential target for extremists, which means malls, tourist attractions, stations, ports, schools, concerts, ect... do you suspend shopping, travel, vacationing, commerce, entertainment and school? With the threat of terrorism, each action has inherent risks. With a theoretical suspension of elections, what is the potential for mass protests and public demonstrations? Is the potential great enough that large crowds would gather, which would be a far more inviting and viable soft target to a terror cell, than a say polling station.
  5. Well, Trump is a bit of a rank amateur in dealing with this kind of situation. Your suppose to send your husband, a former POTUS, to speak with the AG over a holiday weekend...not address the FBI director directly. I do find the article to a bit light in facts, with the only mention of an "unidentified source close to the issue". Is this the same "source" that brought us the hard-hitting facts that Trump likes ketchup with his steak and that he received two scoops of ice cream, while everyone else received one?
  6. Now that's what I'm talking about. My staple is Black Velvet, then I get the cheapest ginger ale I can find and it makes the best BV and Ginger.
  7. It is now.
  8. Lawn mowed ✔ Weed-whacking done ✔ Weed killer applied ✔ New flag set flying ✔ Legit NY style pie for dinner ✔ Cold beer in the fridge ✔ Off work tomorrow ✔
  9. The Turks are an embarrassment to NATO. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A mix of raw and news footage of AFP forces fighting terrorist forces in Marawi. Reports show that Abu Sayyaf has linked with Maute (ISIS) and the foreign fighters (terrorist mercenaries) in their siege on the city of Marawi and other attacks across the island of Mindanao. Abu Sayyaf has previously been supported and allied with the 14K Tirad out of Hong Kong.
  10. At one time, DoD was using over 450 different program languages. In the 70's they were getting overly concerned with the amount of languages in use, with most of them being obsolete and or hardware dependent. Which lead to the forming of HOLWG and eventually the establishment of MIl-STD-1815 and implementation of Ada as the DoD's only programming language in 83', by 91' DoD required Ada for all software. By 97' MIL-STD-1815 was shitcanned with the adoption of COTS software and hardware. The issue is, there are still systems in use designed prior to 83' and with the dropping of the Ada requirement in 97' you have systems running various versions of Win32 as well. Now, Ada is still regularly updated, but then you have legacy systems that are also controlled by a controller system, most of which are XP.
  11. That's the issue, as it always is. DoD puts out a decree department wide for all to meet said standard by said mandate (which is always pushed back) and everyone is left scrambling to meet said mandate, even if a system who's original manufacturer dissolved over two decades ago and the control system for the legacy hardware was implemented in 2000 and hasn't seen nary an upgrade or update since. The IT equivalent of ten pounds of shit and a five pound bag to put it in. Same shitshow is going on across all departments, from DoJ to HHS.
  12. Anything being used as an interface to run legacy systems/hardware due to cost prohibition or lack in capability. Silo interfaces/control points for our LGM-30s, critical systems on-board our SSN fleet, the FCS on the Abrams, some avionics packages, portions of the HF nets, some radar systems, ect... Mil-Embedded Systems has some good articles covering what DoD is doing to bridge the gap. NASA faced similar issues, nearly everything they utilized for the Space Shuttle program was designed in the 70's as a closed system, doing any soft of upgrading or restructuring would have been way to costly, so they stuff with the 70's era systems and components.
  13. A large portion of DoD control systems use XP still.