The intelligence discipline – and the U.S. Intelligence Community – requires a very broad range of activity, from tasking, to collection, to processing. Within the collection slice of that intel pie, there are many and varied sub-disciplines – The “INTs.” But what are they? Let’s find out about Signals Intelligence, or SIGINT. The Department of […]
We’ve all heard of General George S. Patton. Maybe you’ve seen the movie. Maybe you did a report on him in school. Maybe you even have a grandfather who served under him in World War II. Maybe you’re a Cav or Armor troop. (Scouts out!) All of these and more are good reasons to know […]
With all this talk lately about attempted American covert action in the Caribbean and Latin America — and the Secretary of State having to remind everyone that the United States Government wasn’t invovled in the botched attempt — I thought it prudent to remind everyone of what actual American military action in the region looks like. Operation Urgent Fury, the U.S.-led Invasion of Grenada, began on October 25th of 1983 and lasted until December 15th. Though the “invasion” portion itself only took three days. Nice and short.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, or DPAA, is exactly what its title says: a U.S. Department of Defense agency charged with accounting for and recovering (different than rescue) U.S. military personnel listed as Prisoners Of War (POW), or Missing In Action (MIA). This mission is global in reach. In the agency’s own words, the DPAA […]
The military is a community just like any other. It has its own social norms and stigmas. Its own culture and subcultures. The intelligence community — and all its disparate and freaky sub-subcultures — is no different: a microcosmic analog of its macrocosmic parent. That microcosm has all the trappings of a community, complete with its own lingo, legends, and lore. What follows is an example of one such nugget of lore.
The world has a lot of international organizations. The United Nations, the World Health Organization, and NATO being the most well-known. But when it comes to the number of these global organizations — and the number of nations on their rosters — few are as narrow of purpose while being wide in membership as the […]
As mentioned in the previous COCOM primer, unified combatant commands, or COCOMs, are the highest possible echelon of military command. They are overseen by the Unified Command Plan, or UCP, which guarantees that each COCOM is aligned with overarching national policy objectives. And each of the 11 COCOMs is led by a four-star flag officer, […]
It seems a rather odd term for a command in the military — an organization based around combat — to be specifically labeled as a “combatant” command. But that’s exactly what one of the highest levels of command in the military is called. What is a combatant command? How many are there? Where are they […]
The United States Navy has just wrapped another security partnership exercise in the Indian Ocean this month. Exercise Malabar is a trilateral naval exercise. This exercise is shared between India, Japan, and the United States, as permanent partners. Australia and Singapore — the additional non-permanent partners — have participated in the past; Australia, twice. Malabar […]
Recently, the United States Navy celebrated the 98th anniversary of the commissioning of its very first aircraft carrier, the USS Langley (CV-1). CV-1 was named after American aeronautics engineer, Astronomer, aviation pioneer, bolometer, and physicist, Samuel Piermont Langley (the same guy whose name is on a NASA research center, an Air Force base, a mountain, […]