Never Leave Karbala
The World Famous!
Nuked. Untethered, but still airborne.
We’re on Campaign
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Not Your Kind of People
We see through your lies.
You can’t hit if you don’t swing
Cao Cao did nothing wrong
Need more Koei in my life.
Breaking in Combat
“I still feel strange being called a writer”
I would love to see the collected speeches of Colin Powell.
On that day…
…a soldier is…
An Ode to the Humble Blog
The blog is dead. Long live the blog.
“The strange charm of its primitive political vitality”
What do you think? Can love bloom on a battlefield?
Physically and Mentally Refreshed
Drip, drip, drip.
“You picked the wrong diplomats”
If diplomat one says no, find another diplomat.
The Revolution Will Be Televised
If the mission doesn’t support an information goal or strategy, then what is the point?
MCDP 8 Information
The Marines write good doctrine.
The New Rules of War
You say you want innovation…
You are your culminating exercise
Or at least, you should be.
If war is politics by other means…
A soldier is a political tool, nothing more.
How to Quit Smoking and Wage Nuclear War
And Smoky the Cowhorse.
“A calamity in which we’ve been afflicted”
Gallows humor, smell-triggered memories, and administrative betrayal
No one tells you the toll this thing is going to take.
Truth, Soul, and Secular Shaminism
Find the gods inside of you.
Hyper Active Chaos
I think I’m going to throw up.
The Command Post is Dead
Long Live the Command Post.
The Global Engagement Center, Media Bias, and Creating Content for #1
The Cognitive Crucible continues to crank out compelling content.
Arab Idols and the Religions of Jahiliyah
The time before Islam.
Plan Your Own War
Do you do planning for others? Then you should do planning for yourself.
The Kodak Conundrum
What business are you really in?
Social Sciences as Sorcery (Complete)
Excerpts from Stanislav Andreski’s book “Social Sciences as Sorcery.”
Propaganda is a tricky word
And for a long time it wasn’t even a bad word.
Deception at D-Day
A well done documentary.
Ideology is the science of idiots
The internet likes to dumb things down.
Sing to me of a time long past
Let Us Cling Together.
A Blue-Collar Approach to Assessments
It’s good to see folks trying different methods, experimenting.
The Pomodoro Technique
50 minutes on, 10 minutes off.
The Importance of a Daily Writing Practice
How do I know what I think till I see what I say?
Tactics Ogre Reborn, almost official
I’m never going to play a next-gen game, it seems.
Innovation = Connecting
Innovation is connecting.
Army Myths: You get kicked out if you win the lotto
“They won’t respect rank anymore.”
Good artists copy, great artists steal
“Good artists copy, great artists steal.”
A good article on “narrative”
“We gotta flip the narrative!”
Fantastical Tactical Operations
FANTASTICAL TACTICAL OPERATIONS.
“What are you guys doing?”
The Magic of Monkey Island
“Look behind you, a three-headed monkey!”
Behind the GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE
“We are the marriage of the sciences and the arts.”
The First Thing They Hear
See also the “illusory truth effect.”
A Cold War
Something is coming.
It ain’t as bad as you think. It’ll look better in the morning.
Remember the basics of CQC
Mentors are not oracles.
For Whom the Bell Tolls, pt. 2
It’s all fun and games…
A return to jahiliyyah
I against my brother. My brother and I against my cousin. And my cousin and I against a stranger.
For Whom the Bell Tolls, pt. 1
“When you go to war as a boy, you have a great illusion of immortality. Other people get killed, not you… Then, when you are badly wounded the first time, you lose that illusion.”
Let the AI do it for you
Input prompt, spit out product.
Fear, uncertainty, and doubt
Fear and alligators.
Another USMC podcast in the information space.
Well, it has “information” in the name
We don’t need no stinkin’ USIA.
Eleven Years of Carrying the Gun
I guess we took it to 11.
“It hits my soul”
“I don’t like it… it hits my soul.”
A ‘crystal ball’ for info warfare
In the current, digitized world, trivial information is accumulating every second, preserved in all its triteness.
Gaming as #FICINT
Destroy. All. Reapers.
The Professional Soldier
There’s nothing wrong with simply being all that you can be.
Beat them to the punch
I want pictures of Spiderman!
…there’s a pulse
Road trips induce reflection. You never had a chance.
(More) Social Sciences as Sorcery – the Americans
It’s always the Americans.
(More) Social Sciences as Sorcery – vague associations
Beware the weaponization of benign information.
(More) Social Sciences as Sorcery – on socialization
“Illiterate peasants have many apt proverbs to illustrate this piece of folk wisdom.”
(More) Social Sciences as Sorcery – on ideology
How much of what we believe is unproven?
(More) Social Sciences as Sorcery – do it with math
Math doesn’t lie, right?
“There is no universal algorithm for human behavior”
Humans are more important than hardware.
(More) Social Sciences as Sorcery – “the gravest kind of danger”
But it looks so impressive on a graph.
No more classrooms, no more books…
One of those days
The fun stuff happens off the parade field.
Music and sound makes you feel things.
The future is algorithmic propaganda
The propaganda you need right when you need.
What to read at ILE?
You can’t do it all. You have to choose.
That’s just Joe
But what happens when Joe can link up with every other Joe?
Kingdom of the Flies
Never be game over.
What a thrill…
This isn’t about Twitter
I had some positive feedback this week on a nearly decade old post about social media and my desire to use it less. Just about everyone has a relationship with social media these days. It’s an evergreen topic. You can always write about social media the way playwrights can always write plays about the theater.…
(More) Social Sciences as Sorcery – grandma’s wisdom
You learned the best psychology from your grnadmother and the schoolyard.
(More) Social Sciences as Sorcery – the pseduo-science of counting
How much does a mango cost in Kabul?
(More) Social Sciences as Sorcery – jargon and frameworks
Beware those who are hyperfocused on methedology, frameworks, and jargon.
(More) Social Sciences as Sorcery
On the manipulation of crowds.
What is hybrid warfare?
Is ‘hybrid warfare’ a real thing or just something people say to sound smart?
The things that didn’t make it
Sometimes things get too real. And other times, there’s just not enough space on the disc.
“If you have a phone, you can be a resistance fighter.”
War. War never changes. Except when it does.
GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE
Social Sciences as Sorcery
Give ’em the ‘ol razzle dazzle.
I Want Konami for Christmas
I want Konami, whatever it is.
Become an insider
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Things that make you want to reenlist
Sure, sign me up. You got me again.
Behaviors shape Attitudes
You tend to have stronger attitudes if you have skin in the game.
GWOT War Stories
Man we’re lucky.
Send in the Grammandos
grammando – noun. One who is particularly particular about the accuracy of grammar, punctuation and syntax.
Don’t Criticize, Condemn, or Complain
Most fools do.
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