HGOTW for November 2017

John Kuehn Blog Post

WHO REMEMBERS PROVIDE COMFORT?

John T. Kuehn

 

Well, me for one.   But let us review.   As the war known by the military characterization of DESERT STORM (January – March 1991) wound down the regrouped and reconstituted elements of Saddam’s defeated army and air forces began to wage an intense counterinsurgency against rebelling Shia rebels in the southern part of Iraq and Kurdish separatists in the north.  The Kurdish operations were part of an ongoing program of pacification, intimidation, and genocide that existed prior to the so-called First Gulf War and was more in the category of

No Fly Zones and Air Power

John Kuehn Blog Post

December 2016 Handgrenade of the Month

A Short, Personal History of the Inefficacy of No-Fly Zones

Picking up where I veered off last month (into an esoteric discussion about what history is? when it comes to student sources and topics), I return to my original idea.  That is, an anecdotal reach into the recent past to discuss the issue of “no fly zones” (NFZs for you acronym crazy-folk out there) and by extension air power.

  1. Dateline late January, 1991.Aboard the USS John F. Kennedy, stateroom of the Electronic Warfare Officer, Battle Force Yankee (CTF-155, commanded by Rear Admiral Riley Mixson)

Hand Grenade for September 2016

John Kuehn Blog Post

Handgrenade of the Month September 2016

Guest Posting -- Defining Victory

John T. Kuehn

All:   First some context.  What follows might be categorized as anecdotal and episodic, but it reflects an interesting take on how victory is perceived by those who aim for it as practitioners of war at the field grade level.  This survey took place recently and consisted of approximately 60 senior US Army captains and majors as well as naval, air force, and international officers of similar grade, service and experience who are attending the Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) this year at the

Soldier Girls

Therese Strohmer Blog Post

Here is an xxcerpt from Mishiko Kakutani's review of the book, Soldier Girls in the New York Times.

In “Soldier Girls,” Ms. Thorpe — a veteran reporter and the author of the 2009 book “Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America” — recounts what happened to Ms. Brooks, Ms. Helton and Ms. Fischer when their National Guard units were deployed. In doing so, she gives us a dynamic understanding of what it’s been like for Guard members who unexpectedly found themselves shipped off to the front lines of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, their lives and plans disrupted

Soldier Girls

Therese Strohmer Blog Post

Here is an xxcerpt from Mishiko Kakutani's review of the book, Soldier Girls in the New York Times.

In “Soldier Girls,” Ms. Thorpe — a veteran reporter and the author of the 2009 book “Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America” — recounts what happened to Ms. Brooks, Ms. Helton and Ms. Fischer when their National Guard units were deployed. In doing so, she gives us a dynamic understanding of what it’s been like for Guard members who unexpectedly found themselves shipped off to the front lines of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, their lives and plans disrupted