“What Should It Look Like?” Part V: The Air Force

Greetings, folks. We return once more to my “What Should It Look Like” series and oh boy, it’s time to go Up into the Wild Blue Yonder with the United States Air Force. Air power is one of the most important aspects of modern warfare. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that, inContinue reading ““What Should It Look Like?” Part V: The Air Force”

Why We Fight.

Well, folks. It’s been a hell of a year, hasn’t it? I feel like since 2016, every year has been “the longest year ever” (or maybe 2016 itself has just been the longest year ever and is still going on). But I really do feel like 2022 has taken the cake so far. We haveContinue reading “Why We Fight.”

“If You Build It, They Will Come”: Military Recruitment in a Better Future

If there’s one thing I’m constantly hearing people in my field go on about – whether they directly work for the national security establishment or on its peripheries – it’s some variation on “manpower.” More specifically within the overall issue of manpower, they’re talking about the issue of recruitment and retention in the U.S. ArmedContinue reading ““If You Build It, They Will Come”: Military Recruitment in a Better Future”

Conflicts to Keep An Eye On (October 2022 Edition)

Well folks, there’s been a lot going on in the world (obviously). There’s also been a lot going on in my life (don’t worry, nothing bad for the most part; just super busy), so that made deciding on what I wanted to write about (and what I was capable of writing about satisfactorily) very hardContinue reading “Conflicts to Keep An Eye On (October 2022 Edition)”

Geopolitics: The Reason Why Your Tummy Hurts

I feel like every time I rejoin you all with one of these essays I have to go “boy, a lot of history sure happened in the last month” and this time it’s no exception. I’m going to spare you the line-item state of the world summary, however, and I’m gonna try and get straightContinue reading “Geopolitics: The Reason Why Your Tummy Hurts”

“What Should It Look Like?” Part IV: The Marines

Oh boy it’s time to talk about the Wet Soldiers. That’s right folks, as we return to the “What Should it Look Like?” series, it’s time to take aim at everyone’s favorite maritime themed crayon munchers: the United States Marine Corps. To make sense of the Marines as an institution, you firs have to understandContinue reading ““What Should It Look Like?” Part IV: The Marines”

When Domestic Politics Become a National Security Concern

I hope for a lot of things these days. I hope for better things for myself, for my friends and family and loved ones, for people all over the world at large. But more than anything, I really just wish we could stop having history for just a day or two. Like, fucking really. CanContinue reading “When Domestic Politics Become a National Security Concern”

Some thoughts for today, May 25th, 2022

Not gonna lie to you folks, I was really struggling with this one. I truly had no idea what I was going to write about for this month’s essay – and I’ve been trying to think of a topic since the beginning of the month and been coming up short. Doesn’t help that I’ve beenContinue reading “Some thoughts for today, May 25th, 2022”

“What Should It Look Like?” Part III: The Navy

Thought I forgot about this series, didn’t you? Well, I didn’t forget about it. But in case you hadn’t noticed, global events over the past few months had distracted me some. While the war in Ukraine is by no means over and we should still pay close attention to it, I think I at leastContinue reading ““What Should It Look Like?” Part III: The Navy”

Ukraine and the Scary New World

So. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month or so, you’re probably aware some events have transpired – and are still ongoing. But just for the sake of clarity, I’ll elaborate a bit on what I mean by that. On February 24th, 2022, the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine in what appearsContinue reading “Ukraine and the Scary New World”