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The Songs They Carried: Music at War - Americana and roots music - No Depression
As personal technology spread into the field alongside military technology, soldiers blast into earbuds what they previously would have shared with comrades on Vietnam-era 45s and radio, and Gulf War I-era cassette Walkmen hooked to PAs. While decreasing fighting in the barracks about what music to play, Ricks does worry about unit cohesiveness, because the battlefield is "the loneliest place on earth... you don't want soldiers feeling alone, you want a group feeling." The fractured music landscape created by personal technology doesn't the create the opportunity for group feelings, just as our professional, volunteer military reduces shared experiences between soldier and civilian.
war  military  music  technology  psychology  attention 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback; The Sorrows of Empire, Dead at 79 | CommonDreams.org
In one of my fondest memories of Chalmers and Sheila Johnson at their home with their then Russian blue cats, MITI and MOF, named after the two engines of Japan's political economy -- Chal railed against the journal, Foreign Affairs, which he saw as a clap trap of statist conventionalism. He decided he had had enough of the journal and of the organization that published it, the Council on Foreign Relations. So, Chalmers called the CFR and told the young lady on the phone to cancel his membership.

The lady said, "Professor Johnson, I'm sorry sir. No one cancels their membership in the Council in Foreign Relations. Membership is for life. People are canceled when they die."

Chalmers Johnson, not missing a beat, said "Consider me dead."
foreign  empire  military  economy  japan  news  politics  power  geography  books  nonfiction  obituaries 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell': Confessions Of A Gay Soldier. | The New Republic
[...] I cannot help but think that many soldiers (though clearly not all) would simply shrug it off and welcome the gay soldier with a joke. Why? Because for every unit in which I have served, there has been a “Shrek,” the large soldier who needs to drop a few pounds. I have also encountered a “Speedy Gonzalez,” a Latino soldier who was crazy fast, and a “Helmet,” a cadet with an exceptionally large noggin. Each did his job competently nonetheless. The unit embraced him, but noted the way in which he was different. This teasing may seem mean-spirited, but it’s not; it’s a means of communicating, a way for fellow soldiers to remind one another “I know everything about you, yet I have your back.” [...]
gay  military  usa  dadt  love  war  power  ethnicity 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Courtland Milloy - WWII hero Vernon Baker fought fascism over there, racism at home
"My hero's mantle has been crafted out of carnage, the senseless sacrifice of young men and my mad-dog desperation to outlast the enemy and disprove the fiction that black soldiers were afraid to fight," he wrote. "It's not a cause for national celebration or the incarnation of heroes. It is reason for us to mourn our losses and question our motivation."
war  1940s  race  military  identity  usa 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Final Salute Gallery - The Digital Journalist
The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. [...]
death  digital  journalism  iraq  military  photography  politics  war 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Army Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn on how to fix intelligence in the Afghan war - By Tom Ricks | The Best Defense
This is one of the most informative documents I've ever read on contemporary intelligence issues. I think you should stop reading this blog and read it now!

By the way, the report has the effect of an order from a two-star general -- I believe that's a first in think tank history. As I understand it, the paper was released through CNAS because Gen. Flynn wanted to reach beyond his own chain of command and his own community and talk to people such as commanders of deploying infantry units about what kind of intelligence they should be demanding.
war  afghanistan  attention  reputation  military  usa  terrorism 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
First female four star - First Read - msnbc.com
"The U.S. Army says that approximately five percent of general officers in the Army are women, which includes mobilized Army Reserve and Army National Guard general officers."
military  women  usa 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Nation & World | More lesbians discharged in 2007 | Seattle Times Newspaper
"The Army and Air Force discharged a disproportionate number of women in 2007 under the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy that prohibits openly gay people from serving in the military, according to Pentagon statistics gathered by an advocacy group."
gay  military 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Iraq: The War Card - The Center for Public Integrity
"In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003."
bush  cheney  data  government  iraq  journalism  memory  military  politics  research  rhetoric  statistics  terrorism  usa  war 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
General Warns Of China's Military Power, Commander Says Iraq War Reduces U.S. Military's Ability To Keep Pace And Meet Contingencies - CBS News
"For the first time in history, we are seeing another nation, in this case China, with newer fighters than we have. We know that they continue to invest at a level that is unprecedented. We need to be watchful of Chinese military capabilities."
china  usa  military  asia  iraq 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Letter to the Editor | New York Times Video
"Charles Ferguson, a filmmaker, presents a rebuttal to claims made by L. Paul Bremer III that top American officials approved the decision to disband the Iraqi army." I saw "No End in Sight" last night.
politics  video  nytimes  iraq  war  government  military  film  cinema  documentary 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall
"The White House announcement that they view South Korea as the model for a permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq is further evidence of how dangerously out of touch with reality this administration is." Barbara Lee still speaks for me.
congress  democrats  elections  government  war  iraq  oakland  berkeley  alameda  bush  military  southkorea 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Army Forbids Troops From Blogging - Wired News
"Some units may require that soldiers register their blog with the unit for identification purposes with occasional spot checks after an initial review. Other units may require a review before every posting."
military  blogging  weblogs  internet  www  law  war  terrorism  civilliberties 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Army recruiter vs. the gay man | Chicago Tribune
"One thing, I'm not up on current politics but since its 2007, I would imagine also that I am now able to serve in the US military as an openly gay man, right?"
usa  military  jobs  work  gay  terrorism  iraq 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Losses Color a Patriotic Town's View of the Iraq War
"At first I supported the war, but lately I don't understand what's going on. I don't understand why we're still there and getting attacked. But whatever they ask me to do, I'll do it."
usa  war  iraq  politics  election  alabama  military 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Fighting Words
"You hear two ideas in what they are saying here: An implicit critique of 'what am I doing here?' but at the same time, the idea of loyalty to your street soldiers, loyalty to your troops, loyalty to the guys you ride with."
hiphop  music  songwriting  iraq  military 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: A New Model Army Soldier Rolls Closer to the Battlefield
"They don't get hungry. They're not afraid. They don't forget their orders. They don't care if the guy next to them has just been shot. Will they do a better job than humans? Yes."
robots  isaacasimov  military  usa 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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