The Supreme Court has just heard a case, Tenet vs Doe, over promises allegedly made to spies: Two former Soviet-bloc diplomats recruited to spy for the CIA during the Cold War say the agency later reneged on promises to compensate them for the dangerous missions they performed. The husband and wife team are bringing this…Read More Penny-Wise, Pound-Foolish?
In a comment, Ian Grigg asks, “I haven’t got to the modern stuff yet, so quite what he has to say that is currently relevant eludes me for now.” Over at Defense and the National Interest, there’s an article that draws heavily on Boyd: In a new briefing [1.7 MB PPT], three retired officers—each hailing…Read More Boyd's Relevance Today
John Boyd was arguably the best fighter pilot in American history. While at the Air Force Fighter weapons school, he was not only undefeated, he won every fight so fast he was known as “Forty second Boyd.” While there, he wrote the “Arial Attack Study,” which transformed the study of fighter combat from an art…Read More Boyd
Much as I hate blogging anything from Slashdot, Why the Space Station Almost Ran Out of Food is great. (The previous crew had permission to borrow the current crews’ food, but didn’t record how much they’d eaten.) Maybe they could get jobs working for the Social Security administration. John McWhorter has a new book out,…Read More Small Bits of Chaos
Buried in this story about tracking illegal immigrants is the interesting item that as of early 2003, of 6,000 Muslims who absconded within the US after being told to leave the country, only 38 percent had been found. That left over 3,500 still at large. How many have been caught since then? Where are the…Read More 370,000 Absconders
I’ve been debating if I should respond to this idea of unlimited searches of Muslims again, and realized that there’s a perhaps interesting analogy. JihadWatch quotes an AP story BUFFALO, N.Y. — An Islamic civil rights group Wednesday accused U.S. border agents of religious profiling after dozens of American Muslims were searched, fingerprinted and photographed…Read More Jihad Watch: Muslims claim unfair treatment at Canadian border
“We used to talk about the intent of a tank,” Colonel Thomas explained in an interview. “If you saw one, you knew what it was for. But the intent of electrons – to deliver a message, deliver a virus, or pass covert information – is much harder to figure.” Ian Grigg points out an interesting…Read More The Intent of a Tank