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Black Tears of Pearl Harbor​

Dec 7, 2023


Eighty-two years ago today, a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor claimed 2,403 American lives and gave birth to the Greatest Generation. We will never forget their service, their sacrifice or their legacy.

Looking back more than 80 years, Naval Historian, Jan Herman discusses the details of the Pearl Harbor Attack. On December 7, 1941, more than 2,400 U.S. personnel were killed and 19 U.S. Navy ships were damaged or destroyed in the attack. Jan Herman describes what it was like for 3 veterans of the attack. Lee Soucy served on the USS Utah and just made it off the ship before it was sunk. Dorie Miller heroically fired at the Japanese planes with an antiaircraft gun. Sterling Cale handed out rifles to fellow sailors and later retrieved bodies from the USS Arizona.

As President Franklin Roosevelt stated in his Declaration of War delivered to Congress the very next day: “No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.” He, as commander in chief, the armed forces of the United States, and the American people, made good on that pledge.
Watched several vids from this channel. Some were pretty good.

TCAV TV: The Hard Way - Story 1​

The path from jail, to United States Navy SEAL, back to jail, kicked out of the United States Military, to joining the French Foreign Legion.


Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@tcavofficial/videos

Air Force Investigation into Leak of Classified Information​

The following is the Inspector General of the Department of the Air Force investigation into the disclosure of classified information by Airman 1st Class Jack D. Teixeira over an online game chat group earlier this year.

From the report​

Executive Summary

SecAF directed this investigation in response to the unauthorized disclosure of classified information from the 102d Intelligence Wing (102 IW), Otis Air National Guard Base (ANGB), Massachusetts. SecAF directed The Inspector General of the Department of the Air Force (SAF/IG) to “investigate compliance with policy, procedures, and standards and the unit environment at the 102 IW related to the unauthorized disclosure of classified national security information.” While the precipitating event was centered on the 102 IW, the investigation included organizations and areas outside the 102 IW regarding security-related policies and procedures. Although related, this administrative investigation is separate from the criminal investigation currently being led by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Operation Paperclip

Operation Paperclip was the codename under which the US intelligence and military services extricated scientists from Germany, during and after the final stages of World War II. The project was originally called Operation Overcast and is sometimes also known as Project Paperclip.

Of particular interest were scientists specializing in aerodynamics and rocketry (such as those involved in the V-1 and V-2 projects), chemical weapons, chemical reaction technology and medicine. These scientists and their families were secretly brought to the United States, without State Department review and approval; their service for Hitler's Third Reich, NSDAP and SS memberships as well as the classification of many as war criminals or security threats also disqualified them from officially obtaining visas. An aim of the operation was capturing equipment before the Soviets came in. The US Army destroyed some of the German equipment to prevent it from being captured by the advancing Soviet Army.

The majority of the scientists, numbering almost 500, were deployed at White Sands Proving Ground, New Mexico, Fort Bliss, Texas and Huntsville, Alabama to work on guided missile and ballistic missile technology. This in turn led to the foundation of NASA and the US ICBM program.

Much of the information surrounding Operation Paperclip is still classified.

Separate from Paperclip was an even-more-secret effort to capture German nuclear secrets, equipment and personnel (Operation Alsos). Another American project (TICOM) gathered German experts in cryptography.

The United States Bureau of Mines employed seven German synthetic fuel scientists in a Fischer-Tropsch chemical plant in Louisiana, Missouri in 1946.



Wagner in Ukraine, Prigozhin's Coup and Death - Post-Cold War DOCUMENTARY​

Dec 24, 2023


FOREIGN LEGION Jaguar Commando​

Dec 11, 2023
The Jaguar internship lasts 9 weeks. It trains non-commissioned officers and officers in planning and conducting section-level operations in the equatorial forest. The AMF (forest monitor assistant) course lasts 7 weeks. It is reserved for legionnaires only.


Top Stories 2023: International Acquisition​

DECEMBER 27, 2023 2:21 PM - UPDATED: DECEMBER 27, 2023 2:23 PM

This post is part of a series looking back at the top naval stories from 2023.

International acquisition this year saw countries across the globe looking to keep pace with the regional threats they face.

While navies in the Indo-Pacific are looking at ways to modernize and counter China’s own naval modernization and aggression in the region, some European navies have increased coastal defense capabilities as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its third year.

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Mike Sadler, last of the wartime SAS ‘Originals’ and their principal navigator – obituary​

Mike Sadler, who has died aged 103, was a former MI6 officer and an honorary member of “the Originals”, as men of L Detachment of the early SAS are known. He was believed to be the last survivor of the Long Range Desert Group or LRDG, without which the fledgling SAS might not have thrived. He also has a piece of the Antarctic named after him.

The origin of Sadler’s adventurous career was a pupil in his prep school who had been brought up in Africa and entertained his fellows with adventure stories. Intrigued, Sadler left school in 1937 to work on a farm in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).

When the Second World War broke out in 1939, he joined a Rhodesian Army artillery unit equipped with howitzers from India’s North-West Frontier. Despite not being strong at maths or geometry at school, he took a keen interest in the angles of fire needed to engage distant targets, and was disappointed when his unit converted to an anti-tank role “where you could look through a telescope straight ahead.”

They were dispatched to Somaliland and Abyssinia, before being shipped to Mersa Matruh in the Western Desert, where they dug defences. Sadler refused the offer of a commission because, as he told the historian Gavin Mortimer: “I didn’t fancy the idea of abandoning my friends… I wasn’t at all keen on the extreme aspects of militarism, marching up and down, although I did my best to be reasonably smart.”



Inside the U.S. Military’s New Drone Warfare School | WSJ​


U-977: Escape to Argentina​

German submarine U-977 was a World War II German Type VIIC U-boat which escaped to Argentina after Germany's surrender. The submarine's voyage to Argentina led to many and apocryphal stories: that it had transported Adolf Hitler or Nazi gold to South America, that it had made a 66-day passage without surfacing or that it had made a secret voyage to Antarctica.

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@HiddenHistoryYT/videos


Admiral PISSED Service Members HATE The military?!​

Jan 12, 2024


What Happened in the World in 1951 - Cold War DOCUMENTARY​

Jan 14, 2024
Our historical documentary series on the history of the Cold War continues with a review of the year 1951, as we go through the main events of this year, including: 1951 General Election in the UK, Burgess' and Maclean's Defection, Rosenberg Trial, Operation Desert Rock, Treaty of San Francisco, Continuation of the Korean War, firing of Douglas MacArthur, Convention Relating to the status of Refugees, and much more


472. Flash-Mob Warfare: Whispers in the Digital Sandstorm (Part 1)​

[Editor’s Note: Storytelling is one of Army Mad Scientist’s most effective tools in exploring the broad range of possibilities within the Operational Environment. Employing creative fictional writing and narrative building helps us to explore how concepts, technologies, and other capabilities could be employed and operationalized.

Army Mad Scientist welcomes returning blogger Dr. Rob Smith with today’s fictional intelligence (FICINT) submission, exploring how our pacing challenge — China — could achieve the reunification of Taiwan. Through the masterful and innovative harnessing of disparate, liminal disruptions — including generating a fake “natural” disaster with our Russian and North Korean adversaries and exploiting the ensuing humanitarian crisis; launching disruptive cyber-attacks; executing influence operations via mis- and disinformation, deceptive narratives, and flash mobs; and exploiting the twin distractions of an Iranian-generated international crisis in the Persian Gulf and a kinetic strike masked as an accident near INDO-PACOM Headquarters in Hawaii — China is able to achieve President Xi Jinping’s objective of reunification.



473. Live from D.C., it’s Fight Night (Part Two)​

“Only in the wargaming context… is critical thinking actively exercised.”

[Editor’s Note: Regular consumers of Army Mad Scientist content — via this blog site and The Convergence podcast — understand how wargaming can enhance Professional Military Education (PME), hone cognitive warfighting skills, and broaden our understanding of the Operational Environment. Wargaming removes hierarchies and encourages players to attempt innovative solutions, while also creating a safe environment in which to fail repeatedly and learn from mistakes. Wargaming can also help us assess concepts and capabilities with a reasonable degree of verisimilitude — before committing the Nation to costly, and in some instances, irrevocable courses of action.

In our latest episode of The Convergence podcast, we return to last fall’s “Fight Night,” hosted by USA Fight Club, CAE, Inc., and Army Mad Scientist in Washington, D.C., for Part Two of our discussion with wargame designers and players, exploring what makes a great wargame and why they are important to the U.S. Army — Enjoy!]



U.S. Air Force Officer Madison Marsh Crowned as 2024 Miss America: 'The Sky Is Not the Limit'​

The 22-year-old second lieutenant is the first active-duty Air Force officer to win the title

U.S. Air Force officer Madison Marsh is 2024's Miss America.

Marsh, 22, who is also a master’s student at the Harvard Kennedy School’s public policy program per CNN, was crowned as 2024 Miss America in Orlando on Sunday. She had previously represented Colorado.

“You can achieve anything. The sky is not the limit and the only person that’s stopping you is you,” Marsh said in an interview shared via Miss America’s Instagram story.



Con artist accused of stealing $100M from Army to buy 31 homes, luxury cars: report​

A Texas woman faces nearly 150 years in prison after she defrauded the US Army out of $100 million, allegedly using the funds to purchase over 30 homes, luxury cars and jewelry through the seven-year-long scheme.

Janet Yamanaka Mello, 57, who worked as a civilian financial program manager at Fort Sam Houston, hatched a plan in 2016 to create a business titled “Child Health and Youth Lifelong Development” so she would siphon funds she received from the Army to herself.

“Mello allegedly stole more than $100 million in Army funds by regularly submitting fraudulent paperwork that indicated an entity she controlled was entitled to receive funds from the Army,” according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

The alleged fraudster began her scamming in 2016 when she created the bogus business called “Child Health and Youth Lifelong Development (CHYLD),” according to the San Antonio Express-News.

More here:

Irregular Warfare Podcast Nothing to see, can listen in one tab, play around the forum in a different tab.


For nearly three months in the summer of 1999, India and Pakistan fought what became known as the Kargil conflict. With Pakistan recently joining India as a nuclear power, the conflict played out against a backdrop of fear that it could lead to nuclear war. Yet the fighting largely remained contained, stopping short of escalating to a broader conventional or even nuclear war.

At the same time, the way the conflict unfolded highlighted Pakistan’s reliance on proxies in the contested border region, a reliance that had grown in the decades since India first developed its nuclear weapons. As such, it provides a valuable case through which to explore the stability-instability paradox—an international relations theory that sees large-scale conflict between two states made less likely by nuclear weapons but irregular warfare consequently more likely.

On this episode, hosts Ben Jebb and Matt Moellering are joined by two guests to examine the stability-instability paradox and the India-Pakistan rivalry. Professor Sumit Ganguly is a specialist on the contemporary politics of South Asia and a distinguished professor of political science at Indiana University. Dr. Tricia Bacon is an associate professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs. They explore South Asia’s regional security dynamics and the way nuclear weapons impact the creation, evolution, and implementation of irregular warfare strategies in the region.


The US Navy and the Houthi Pirate War versus the Barbary Pirate War​

Jan 19, 2024
In this episode, Sal Mercogliano - maritime historian at Campbell University (@campbelledu) and former merchant mariner - compares the current conflict against the Houthi to the US Navy's early operations against the Barbary Pirates


00:00 Barbary Pirate War
06:07 Houthi Pirate War
14:46 Conclusion

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- UKMTO Indian Ocean Incidents https://www.ukmto.org/indian-ocean/re...
- Maritime Security Centre - Horn of Africa https://on-shore.mschoa.org/latest-ne...
- Suez Canal Diversions Pile Pressure on Egypt’s Economy https://gcaptain.com/suez-canal-diver...
- IMF Portwatch https://portwatch.imf.org/pages/57301...
- Drewry World Container Index - 18 Jan https://www.drewry.co.uk/supply-chain...
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This video will show a typical day in Antartica as a member of the Air National Guard.


Russell Hamler, Last Surviving Member of a World War II ‘Marauders’ Unit, Dies at 99​

Russell “Huck” Hamler, an adventurous young man who grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, volunteered for the Army on his 18th birthday in June 1942. He was assigned as a private to a unit in Puerto Rico, far from the front lines of World War II.

When he learned that the Army was seeking volunteers in “a high state of physical ruggedness” for a dangerous mission in an unspecified location, he put up his hand. It was simple, he said later: “You joined the Army to fight the war.”

Soon Hamler found himself among nearly 3,000 volunteers in an Army unit that became known as Merrill’s Marauders, named after their leader, Brig. Gen. Frank Merrill. They fought behind Japanese lines in Burma, now known as Myanmar, in some of the most hellish conditions faced by troops during World War II.



The Challenge of Joint Space Operations​

Space operations will be key in the 2026 scenario, but U.S. forces must be prepared.

For the United States and its allies and partners, using space to obtain an information advantage is a key aspect of joint operations. The joint force uses space operations to understand the battlespace, exercise command and control (C2), and conduct joint integrated fires. For decades, the United States has enjoyed a significant operational advantage in space, but China is challenging that.

China has studied U.S. doctrine and tactics and has organized to counter U.S. space-based technology through a set of distributed capabilities. The United States still has the greatest global space operational capability. However, as illustrated in the 2026 scenario, China’s use of space at a regional level to gain battlespace awareness, disrupt U.S. C2, and target U.S. forces is rapidly improving—as is its ability to disrupt and degrade space operations through terrestrial and space-based means. The United States possesses some ability to counter China’s capabilities in space, but it will be a tough fight.

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This WWII propaganda film "Fighting Sea Fleas" is narrated by Lorne Greene. It tells the story of the Canadian Motor Torpedo Boats crews and their actions. Shows life aboard Motor Torpedo Boats during the Battle of the Atlantic, fending off attacks by German U-Boats and commerce raiders. Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) was the name given to fast torpedo boats by the Royal Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy. The 'Motor' in the formal designation, referring to the use of petrol or gasoline engines, was to distinguish them from the majority of other naval craft that used steam turbines or reciprocating engines. Produced & directed by Sydney Newman and released in 1944.


The Yellow "2" | Part 7 | A Bf 109 Pilot recounts the Battle of Britain from the German perspective.​

In this Video series, I bring you the memoir "SPITFIRE ON MY TAIL" written by First Lieutenant Ulrich Steinhilper, who served in the German Luftwaffe from 1936 to 1940, when he was shot down and became a POW.


Having completed over 150 missions during the Battle of Britain and becoming an "Ace", Oberleutnant Ulrich Steinhilper's fighter was shot down, crashing into the Kent countryside near Canterbury. For Ulrich that was the end of everything for which he'd been prepared in the Luftwaffe since his acceptance in 1936. But there is more than a Pilot's story to tell. He shares with the reader what it was like to grow up in Germany as the crippling conditions of the Treaty of Versailles bled away the country's economy; how it was inevitable that the people would succumb to the fatal attraction of Hitler and The Party. And, more personally, how the intrigues and politics of a small town were to shape his destiny.

Adolfo Kaminsky, The Forger | 60 Minutes Archive​

By creating fake documents, an 18-year-old Adolfo Kaminsky helped the French resistance save as many as 14,000 Jews during WWII. Anderson Cooper met 92-year-old Kaminsky in 2017, and reported on how he used his stain-removing skills to forge official documents. Kaminsky died in January 2023.



A secret unit of the Foreign Office monitored leftist journalists, intellectuals and trade unions deemed “subversive” and sought to discredit them during the Cold War, recently declassified files reveal.

  • UK propaganda officials planned a “hatchet job” on investigative TV programme World in Action to discredit this “highly suspect organisation”
  • The Home Desk worked with MI5 to undermine communist trade unionists, and interfered in trade unions’ election processes
  • The Foreign Office used a private network of journalists and academics to delegitimise Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm
  • Home Desk was kept hidden from the public and its funding was not subject to parliamentary oversight
The UK Foreign Office conducted covert propaganda operations inside the UK during the Cold War, recently declassified files show.




As current and former marines, we embrace the changes of Force Design 2030. We’ve come to this conclusion after critically examining the implications of these changes as well as considering the risk of failing to reform the Marine Corps for the modern era. We’ve observed that over the last four years, the collective weight of study, experimentation, and real-world actions has reinforced the validity of the reforms being undertaken by the Marine Corps. We’ve all contributed to this effort in various ways. We come from a place of healthy skepticism and debate, often directly with the leaders charged with these reforms or with the authors of the concepts discussed in this article.

Before Gen. David Berger retired as the 38th commandant of the Marine Corps in July 2023, it seemed as though the debate over the reforms known as Force Design 2030 had been decisively settled. The Marine Corps transformation was the subject of an unprecedented revolt against the service by a faction of largely anonymous and unconfirmed numbers of retired Marine general officers. Despite the backlash, the plan was endorsed by civilian and uniformed leaders in the Department of Defense, bipartisan groups of U.S. senators and representatives, and policy analysts across the spectrum. The issue was even debated in the pages of War on the Rocks where the facts of Force Design 2030 were succinctly explained and reinforced with real-world examples of experiments that were producing tangible effects against our nation’s adversaries. Regardless of the intrigues of some former generals, the Marine Corps’ reforms continue. Even critical allies and partners briefed on the transformations endorsed the change as part of collective defense contributions.



472. Flash-Mob Warfare: Whispers in the Digital Sandstorm (Part 1)​

[Editor’s Note: Storytelling is one of Army Mad Scientist’s most effective tools in exploring the broad range of possibilities within the Operational Environment. Employing creative fictional writing and narrative building helps us to explore how concepts, technologies, and other capabilities could be employed and operationalized.

Army Mad Scientist welcomes returning blogger Dr. Rob Smith with today’s fictional intelligence (FICINT) submission, exploring how our pacing challenge — China — could achieve the reunification of Taiwan. Through the masterful and innovative harnessing of disparate, liminal disruptions — including generating a fake “natural” disaster with our Russian and North Korean adversaries and exploiting the ensuing humanitarian crisis; launching disruptive cyber-attacks; executing influence operations via mis- and disinformation, deceptive narratives, and flash mobs; and exploiting the twin distractions of an Iranian-generated international crisis in the Persian Gulf and a kinetic strike masked as an accident near INDO-PACOM Headquarters in Hawaii — China is able to achieve President Xi Jinping’s objective of reunification.


Here's part 2

474. Flash-Mob Warfare: Whispers in the Digital Sandstorm (Part 2)​

[Editor’s Note: In reportedly “blunt and candid” discussions during their summit in San Francisco, California, on 15 November 2023, President Xi Jinping informed President Joe Biden that China intends to reunify Taiwan with the mainland.

Our colleagues at Military Review recently published Three Dates, Three Windows, and All of DOTMLPF-P, by Ian Sullivan, Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence (DCSINT), U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) G-2, describing the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) ongoing efforts to transform the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) into a force capable of “challeng[ing] the U.S. Army and joint force across the three areas that have underpinned U.S. military dominance in the post-Desert Storm period: dominance in materiel, dominance in soldiers and leaders, and dominance in approach to warfare.” Its reunification of Taiwan with the Chinese mainland is one objective driving this transformation.



Warplanes, shipwrecks, and bunkers: the haunting WWII relics left in Arctic Norway.​

In this documentary report, The Barents Observer joins divers in Tromsø to see what remains of what once was the pride of the German Nazi navy - the “Tirpitz” warship.
We also track down warplanes that flew the skies above northern Norway 80 years ago.
We discover abandoned ammunition stores, bunkers and trenches that once formed part of the German fortifications in Kirkenes, close to the former border with Soviet Russia, and see how they are still impacting the local environment today.
The documentary is produced with the aim of historical research and education.
The video is in English with Russian subtitles.

Will Russia revive infamous SMERSH counter-intelligence in Kola Peninsula?​

It triggered a shiver of cold among many when photos of Russian officers in uniforms marked with SMERSH emerged on social media in early January this year. The operatives had apprehended a man from the south Russian Belgorod region and forced him to publicly apologise for his filming of a Russian air defence system battling Ukrainian drones.

The photos came only few weeks after Andrei Gurulyev, a Member of the State Duma and Lieutenant General in the Russian Armed Forces, announced that the SMERSH was being reestablished.



Russia commissions new ultra-silent submarine​

The flag was raised on the submarine in a ceremony at the Admiralty Yard in St.Petersburg on the 31st of January. On site was Navy Head Commander Nikolai Yevmenov, Northern Fleet Commander Aleksandr Moiseev, Deputy Minister of Industry Viktor Yevtukhov and other distinguished representatives, the Russian Navy informs.

It has taken the yard almost 20 years to complete the vessel. Construction started in 2005, but was halted in 2009 and then resumed in 2013.

The result is a vessel that is ultra-silent and considered the most modern none-nuclear submarine in the Russian Navy.



Spycraft and Statecraft​

For as long as countries have kept secrets from one another, they have tried to steal them from one another. Espionage has been and will remain an integral part of statecraft, even as its techniques continually evolve. America’s first spies spent the Revolutionary War using ciphers, clandestine courier networks, and invisible ink to correspond with each other and their foreign allies. In World War II, the emerging field of signals intelligence helped uncover Japanese war plans. During the early Cold War, the United States’ intelligence capabilities literally went into the stratosphere, with the advent of the U-2 and other high-altitude spy planes that could photograph Soviet military installations with impressive clarity.



American mercenaries hired by UAE to kill in Yemen | BBC News​

Jan 23, 2024

American mercenaries, hired by the UAE to kill in Yemen, have spoken candidly on camera for the first time in an investigation by BBC Arabic.
At a time when Houthi attacks on Red Sea shipping have highlighted the international dimensions of the Yemeni conflict, the investigation also reveals how US mercenaries trained Emirati officers to kill the UAE’s political enemies in Yemen.
These extra-judicial killings, conducted in the name of counter-terrorism, started in 2015 and continue to this day.

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