4-8 November: Sacred Cow Week

It's a MULE, not a cow. It's also composite metals, not gold... but technology may be a Golden Cow.
It’s a MULE, not a cow. It’s also composite metals, not gold… but technology may be a Golden Cow.

And when the people saw that Strategy delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together unto Convention, and said unto him, Up, make for us Purpose, which shall go before us. As for this Strategy, the man that brought us up out of the land of Defeat, we know not what is become of him.Convention said unto them, “Break off the golden epaulettes, which adorn the shoulders of your commanders, your assistants, and of your peers, and bring them unto me. And all the people brake off the golden epaulettes and brought them unto Convention. He received them and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy Purpose, O People, which brought thee up out of the land of Defeat.

And it came to pass, as soon as Strategy returned from speaking to the true Purpose upon the mount, he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Strategy’s anger waxed hot, and he cast the mission objectives out of his hands, and broke them upon the rocks of the mountain. He took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the people drink of it. It tasted like crow.

4-8 November is Sacred Cow week. Come down from the mountain and lay waste to the idols of convention you have seen that have been put before true purpose in strategy, military operations, tactics, or the broad diplomatic, legal, and financial processes necessary for maintaining maritime security!

Is the surface fleet standing in the way Submarines as a primary sea weapon? Are you an Army advocate unsure why the Marine Corps exists when the Army has more ships than the Navy? Are you a Marine who thinks, actually, no, why do YOU still exist, Army? Are you in the Navy wondering why those Army ships even exist? Are you in the Royal Navy and wishing you HAD some of those ships? Are you someone who wonders why some states even bother with separate branches? Do you think the global carrier building boom is misguided? Stealth Fighters, Dress Uniforms, Counter-Piracy, NATO, Electronic Charts, ASCM, basing… we are looking for corrections to what YOU think are our mistaken premises.

3 thoughts on “4-8 November: Sacred Cow Week”

  1. All metal Patrol Boats at least up to 50m are now obsolete thanks to the new age metal called carbon fibre.
    How can you argue with a metal that can be molded to shape and is five times stronger than steel and less than half the weight of aluminum? The light weight allows the use of smaller engines that cost less, weigh less and use 75% less fuel than all similar size metal patrol boats while also lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 75%. It’s a win – win and more information is available on http://www.trawlercatmarine.com under navy patrol boats.

  2. the biggest sacred cow in the DoD…the scam that is military retirement. Half max pay for the rest of your life? For twenty years of service? Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the hardship that US military members endure over the course of a career, because I am one. But it needs to stop, and soon, or the DoD will be bankrupt in 20 years. The question we service members, current and retired, need to ask ourselves is this: Are we that selfish that we will keep the status quo and fuck over our future military brothers and sisters and the security of this great country, or are we the patriots that signed up to protect this country, no matter what the personal cost? Sacrifices need to be made, and military retirement is at the top of the sacred cow list.

    Colin Carroll, Capt USMC

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