A Primer on Military Pay and the National Guard Bonus Debacle

The military pay system is very odd.  Imagine if your employer viewed you as a family bank account or a credit extension.  That is how the military pay system works.  The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) is the pay office for all defense employees (namely military).  They are the arbiters over our paychecks.  I don’t know (anecdotal evidence alert) … More A Primer on Military Pay and the National Guard Bonus Debacle

Unmanned Warfare and the Elephant in the Room

By The Gunship Blogger     I doubt I can find one politician or general officer who unequivocally say that robots will not participate in future conflicts.  Having commanded a company of UAS predators, I know the automated systems and remote controlled devices are here to stay.  Of course there are left and right of … More Unmanned Warfare and the Elephant in the Room

The US Auto Industry: Trainwreck in Progress?

By The Gunship Blogger The 1980’s movie Robocop showed Detroit as a criminal wasteland abandoned by failed businesses, left to the callous care of corrupt corporations and crooked politicians.  While the soothsaying accuracy of the science fiction film may be uncanny, the real question is: What happened to the American automotive industry?  What used to … More The US Auto Industry: Trainwreck in Progress?

Golfing in a Minefield: Deradicalization of Terrorists

By The Gunship Blogger Pundits and experts constantly debate radicalized religious zealots turned terrorists on TV today.  The debate arena is a minefield of political correctness and pandering.  A straight and true putt towards the hole might inflame the wrong pundit and result in setting off an explosion of emotional arguments.  For this discussion, let’s … More Golfing in a Minefield: Deradicalization of Terrorists

Let’s Talk Frankly About State Sponsored Terror.

By The Gunship Blogger   A failed state is a cancerous entity which is capable of metastasizing and spreading to other countries with relative ease.  A failed state, as many of the readings stated, is a breeding ground for terrorism.  The failed state du jour in the articles is Somalia.  Somalia represents another of a … More Let’s Talk Frankly About State Sponsored Terror.

A Brief Look at NYPD Counter-Terror Tactics

By The Gunship Blogger Is the NYPD Counter Terror model something we can implement nationwide? The citizens of New York felt abandoned and let down by the Federal Government on September 11th (Finnegan, 2005).  A history of slow information flow and incompetence came to a head that day.  The NYPD rapidly exploded into a top notch … More A Brief Look at NYPD Counter-Terror Tactics

Money: The Root of Terrorist Evil

By The Gunship Blogger Introduction ISIS raids banks in Iraq despite the illegality of such actions in Sharia Law.[1]  It also sells oil on the black market while it rallies its followers against Saudi Arabia for doing so legally.[2]  Suicide bomber families receive generous stipends from extremist groups despite the bombers actions supposedly in support … More Money: The Root of Terrorist Evil