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March 2005

WINGS OF FIRE: North Korea's nuclear announcement: smoke, mirrors, and the big stick

It was not widely reported in the press until February 11, two days after North Korea's big announcement that it had developed nuclear weapons and was cutting off all negotiations until the United States scheduled bilateral talks, that the Russian Federation increased its alert status in the Far East Military Districts to their equivalent of DEFCON Three--just one level lower than their alert status during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

That's how sure Russia was that the U.S. was going to bomb North Korea after North Korea finally admitted it had the bomb.

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WARRIOR CLASS: Let's do away with the "backwards" U.S. flag--NOW!

No, it's not a reversed negative print, a secret emergency or distress signal from a disgruntled soldier, or some weird photographic trick--those flags you see on the right shoulders of some of our men and women in battle dress uniforms ARE backwards. I think it's time we do away with these abominations--RIGHT NOW!

The explanation of the backwards U.S. flag--known as the "reverse-side flag"--is straightforward: if you imagine the soldier wearing the patch on his right shoulder as charging forward, so the soldier is in effect the flagstaff, the flag is "fluttering" in the proper direction. If it was aligned as normal, the flag would be fluttering the opposite way, which would imply that the soldier is moving backwards, or retreating. Therefore, since a U.S. soldier should never be seen as retreating, the flag should be backwards.

Straightforward thinking--but total HOGWASH!

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HAMMERHEADS: Responses to messages to readermail@DaleBrown.info

10 February 2005

Hi

First of all thanks for taking the time to read this email. I believe that one of the reason the Americans are failing in Iraq is because the most important aspect of warfare Has been forgotten PEOPLE. This can be viewed in three ways.

1.. In terms of technology the US military is the most advance force in the world. However the US military has fallen into the trap of believing that technology wins wars by itself. Technology is useless without people this can be seen in the fact that Humvees in Iraq lack amour to protect the troops. Lets assume that the Humvees have latest senses to find insurgents the technology is useless unless the vehicle is equipped with amour. The union of technology-people wins wars.

2.. Hearts and minds is the most important aspect of guerrilla warfare in effect you have to convince the local population that you have there best interests at heart. Despite the memories of Vietnam the hearts and minds battle can be won. I don’t want to compare Iraq directly to East Timor, Borneo and Malaysia however in all the campaigns the SAS and other forces interacted with the local population. In Iraq we see American forces behind walls of barbwire this alienates the local population and creates divisions. If the Americans were to “interact” with the local population (that means anything from repairing schools to just getting to know people) then the insurgents would lose the hearts and minds battle. You only have to win over the general population rather then defeat the insurgents in “conventional” battles.

3.. My Dad was a Digger in Vietnam yet with in a generation the principals of guerrilla warfare have been forgotten. Why aren’t the lessons past onto future generations? Why go thou the process of relearning lessons?

Thanks for your e-mail. Let me respond to some of the points you made in your excellent e-mail:

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Act Of War (June 2005)

ACT OF WAR introduces a whole new hero and a new conflict to techno-thriller fans around the world.

A series of deadly terrorist attacks in the United States and South America--including a nuclear attack near Houston, Texas--has the entire world on red alert. The attacks appear to be targeting an American energy company, but the terror group that calls itself GAMMA seems to be more than the anti-globalization, pro-environmental activists it claims to be.

Enter U.S. Army Major Jason Richter and his partner, Dr. Ariadna Vega of the Army Research Lab's Infantry Transformational BattleLab. These two young engineers have designed and built a land combat system designed to replace an entire motorized infantry squad: CID, or Cybernetic Infantry Device, a piloted robot with the speed and firepower of a weaponized Humvee, the strength of a bulldozer, and the agility of a special ops commando.

The hard-charging National Security Adviser, Robert Chamberlain, pairs Richter and Vega up with an FBI intelligence expert, Special Agent Kelsey DeLaine, and a veteran special ops expert, Command Sergeant Major Ray Jefferson, to form Task Force TALON, the first joint military-FBI unit charged with hunting down and stopping terrorists anywhere in the world. With CID's speed, power, weaponry, and amazing capabilities, combined with the talents of the U.S. Army and the investigative skills of the world's greatest detective agency, TALON is designed to put terrorists on the run around the globe.

But putting conflicting and single-minded personalities like Richter and DeLaine together is like mixing oxygen and gasoline: do it right and it produces horsepower--do it wrong, and it creates an explosion. Even the National Security Adviser can't seem to control his team. Can Task Force TALON survive long enough to hunt down GAMMA and its secret puppetmaster, the shadowy Consortium, before the next deadly attack?

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