Excerpt: the Counter-Insurgency Bible

David Galula wrote the bible on counter-insurgency warfare. Trained at the French military academy at Saint Cyr, Galula saw conventional warfare action in World War II, then spent the remainder of his career fighting guerrilas and insurgents from Africa to Indochina. In 1961, he published "Counter-Insurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice". The book is 99.98% about […]

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It’s the Bullets, Stupid

The DEW Line is authored by a member of the trade press horde (er, careful how you pronounce that word!) that caters to the defense and aerospace industry. In the weapons business, this horde generally tends to focus coverage on all the high-tech stuff — you know, your F-22s, your TSATs, your DARPA phrasealators. The […]

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Contracts round-up: 5/15

Today, you can: Create a mini-NORAD just for Hawaiian airspace Solicit bids to replace M4 carbine barrels with more reliable HK416 barrels, then abruptly cancel the solicitation, adding this to the long list of failed attempts to do something about the unreliability of M4. Find awkward religious symbolism in a space situational awareness program Add […]

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Liberte! Equalite! F-22 Display??

The Paris Air Show is only one month away, so let the speculation begin: will the F-22 make a debut appearance? I believe the official word is "no comment", and the Paris Air Show press kit excludes the F-22 from the list of aircraft on static display. But there are some encouraging signs that a […]

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JASSM’s Latest Test Failures

This is what happens when you combine a low-cost ($400k/missile) weapon with high-cost requirements (stealth, standoff, precision guidance). The air force has to learn that they can’t wage precision warfare on the cheap and also expect to buy high reliability. There are two ironies in this situation: 1) JASSM used to be the poster-child for […]

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Oh, Canada!

My flight to Montreal this morning was canceled due to crew availability. This makes it the third flight on three different airlines in as many weeks for me that were canceled due to this interesting phenomenon: the weather is good, the plane seems to be working, but we remain on the ground because no one […]

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Murtha-Fest (Part 2)

It’s not too late so sign up for Murtha-Fest … er, I mean the Showcase for Commerce in Johnstown, Pa. Murth-Fest (er, … I mean the Showcase — oh, whatever) is an annual extravangza for defense contractors to peddle their favorite prducts that for whatever reason, sadly, remain unfunded. The host of Murtha-Fest is, of […]

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A Brief History of APKWS

A brief history of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), which sounds a bit sinister but merely seeks to add a guidance system to a standard Hydra 2.75-inch rocket. It started when the Army selected Hydra-maker General Dynamics to integrate a BAE Systems guidance system. That program got cancelled in January 2005, following a […]

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Contracts Round-up: 5/10

Today, you can: Plug in the US Air Force’s "battlefield airman" to a network, but not that silly army network that already exists Learn that the air force has a concept for a Predator-related unmanned aerial vehicle called MQ-1X Kick the air force off a radio frequency used for missile-launching practice and give it to […]

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Musings on the Fort Dix Story

The capture of five people accused of plotting a terrorist-style shooting rampage at Fort Dix yesterday is a good excuse to talk about base security — and the many Orwellian methods the US Air Force is adopting to detect, identify and kill intruders. My personal favorite: kill the intruders remotely. Just put a remote button […]

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