Mexico…our alternate to Chinese manufacturing

A maquiladora in Mexico, where raw goods are processed tariff free. From Wikipedia. When we think of Mexico, too often we think of illegal immigration and "the wall." In reality, Mexico should be considered a much closer US ally than we give it credit. In all the discussion about the USMCA, NAFTA, the wall and … Continue reading Mexico…our alternate to Chinese manufacturing

Weapons shipping into Libya? Who would have thought?

An IL-76, from Wikipedia A while back I made some predictions on Russian activity, trying to think outside the box as to where we would see Russia next. An obvious one to me was Libya. After we kicked out Qaddafi's government, Russia lost somewhere around $4 billion in military sales since they had supported the … Continue reading Weapons shipping into Libya? Who would have thought?

Living in pain with military medicine

The offending hospital for this article When someone thanks me for my service, I normally reply with "Just doing my job." Because, honestly, most of my non-deployed days are just like everyone else's days. I wake up, workout, and head to work, where most of my work is done on a computer. Then I head … Continue reading Living in pain with military medicine

On Judas and Notre Dame

If you're not following the Shameless Popery blog, you're missing out. Not only is the author a regular writer, but he writes in a way that is both deeply theological while also being easy to read. His piece this week on Judas is no different, and it should give us some pause as we finish … Continue reading On Judas and Notre Dame

Did you secure your phone?

Wait, is that cup of coffee hacking your phone? (image from Wikipedia) If you tell a Marine to secure a phone, he'll probably turn it off and put it in his pocket. When I mention securing a phone, I'm thinking more about making sure it's safe to use from hackers and other people that want … Continue reading Did you secure your phone?

Protect the environment by attacking cheap housing

Before I moved into my house, I lived in an apartment complex. I hadn't live in an apartment for years, so I had forgotten how not family-friendly apartments can be. Our first night featured two people screaming profanities at each other at 2 in the morning, me calling the cops and then wishing the one … Continue reading Protect the environment by attacking cheap housing

Trump, again, makes the right call on the INF treaty

I've had lots of comments and questions on the INF treaty, especially given my last post on it. I've had to wait a week for others to catch up and start reporting what has been obvious to me for a while: that Russia can't engage in an arms race, and the INF treaty was a … Continue reading Trump, again, makes the right call on the INF treaty

The INF treaty was a sham

The SSC-8, an INF-Treaty Violator On Friday the United States announced suspension of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. A simple Google search would make you believe the sky is falling and soon to be littered with nuclear weapons. I couldn't find a single positive article about the withdrawal. But all is not lost. Let's … Continue reading The INF treaty was a sham

Why navies aren’t cheap

Navies are expensive. Ships drive through the ocean, a thoroughly corrosive environment. Wooden ships fight off rot, worms and barnacles. Steel ships are no safer, eating constant sacrificial anodes to prevent rust from breaking holes in their hulls. This caustic environment has driven innovations in marine engineering to design and build warships that can survive … Continue reading Why navies aren’t cheap

Recruitment ads and Syria

The average Sailor's age onboard an aircraft carrier is around 22 years old. To say that the military is a young person's game is an understatement. This means that the armed forces around the world spend millions on ads to recruit young people, most of whom they know will only stay 3-5 years in the … Continue reading Recruitment ads and Syria

What wasn’t said about vaccines

I didn't know who Senator Mark Green was until I saw a news article saying he thought vaccines caused autism. So I started looking into his background. Low and behold, he's an actual doctor, and he inserted into Iraq with some of the initial SEAL teams as their medic. He talked about it in a … Continue reading What wasn’t said about vaccines

Questioning NATO

Over this past week, I had the pleasure of participating in the BALTOPS planning conference. I say pleasure literally, because the interactions with all of the participating BALTOPS nations was great. That may come as a surprise to readers, since I've been fairly critical of NATO in the past. Those that know me better know … Continue reading Questioning NATO

The coming schism in the Church

It appears that a no-kidding schism is coming to the Church... Wait, nope, wrong church Probably the most under-reported story right now is the massive spat between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Archbishop of Constantinople, Bartholomew I. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church was originally aligned under the Russian Orthodox Church, which had originally established a … Continue reading The coming schism in the Church

Why the Navy needs sleep

For the three years I worked on a submarine, I never averaged 6 hours of sleep a night. Most nights underway, it was 3-4, occasionally 5. In port, I might make it to 6 hours, depending on how much maintenance my division was performing. At the time, I simply felt like a zombie, but I … Continue reading Why the Navy needs sleep

Hey Girl Scouts, your brand sucks!

The Girl Scouts once again prove that their brand sucks. Their latest lawsuit is over a trademark infringement, saying that because the artist formerly known as Boy Scouts is accepting girls makes it confusing to people, who might think they are the Girl Scout organization. Never mind that you can settle this with a quick … Continue reading Hey Girl Scouts, your brand sucks!