Category Archives: The Military Art

Russian “mobilization” will fail.

“This campaign assessment special edition focuses on Russian military mobilization efforts. Significant inflections ISW would normally cover in its regular sections will be summarized briefly today and addressed in more detail tomorrow. Russian President Vladimir Putin is unlikely to overcome … Continue reading

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“Horse, Foot, and Guns.” This is about the “guns” part.

The above title is an old shorthand for the essence of Ground Power. Artillery is all the (guns above 105 mm as well as missiles, and rockets) that support with fire maneuver units (armor and infantry) in combat. In American … Continue reading

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The Kharkiv offensive is continuing, it may become the Donbas offensive – TTG

The Russian plan apparently was to hold at the Oskil River and anchor that defensive line at Lyman. Seemed like a reasonable plan… for a while. Ukrainian forces crossed that river at Kupyansk and appear to be heading towards Svatove … Continue reading

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“…  there will be no lull. There is preparation for the next series …”

Zelenskyy Vows No Let Up as Ukraine Says Troops Cross Key River in Northeast | Newsmax.com Comment My compliments to Russian IO, recruited agents of influence and “running dogs.” You all ae doing a great job of “keeping your pecker … Continue reading

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Russian incompetence and Ukrainian capabilities.

Russian forces continue to prioritize strategically meaningless offensive operations around Donetsk City and Bakhmut over defending against continued Ukrainian counter-offensive operations in Kharkiv Oblast. Ukrainian forces liberated a settlement southwest of Lyman and are likely continuing to expand their positions … Continue reading

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“Report: Russian Army Facing ‘Increasingly Severe’ Manpower Shortages”

“Wagner Group, a Kremlin-linked Russian private military company, has been conducting a campaign to recruit Russian convicts for service in Ukraine. Prisoners have been offered commutation of their sentences, “as well as cash incentives.” There’s a BBC-verified video of Wagner owner … Continue reading

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EEI needed for judgments about the Ukraine campaign

Essential Elements of Information (EEI) or whatever they call it now are some of the bases for sound analyses. Others are a lifetime of learning background information. To judge the current situation, I would need to know: Just how big … Continue reading

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“Tribal spies in Syria help U.S. win drone war against Islamic State” – TTG

While Islamic State is a shadow of the group that ruled over a third of Syria and Iraq in a Caliphate declared in 2014, hundreds of fighters are still camped in desolate areas where neither the US-led coalition nor the … Continue reading

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Ap Bu Nho – A Remembrance.

  Garryowen in Glory, the 7th Cavalry Regiment at Ap Bu Nho  By a quirk of fate, “D” 2/7 Cavalry, was given the chance to demonstrate the plausibility of Spinoza’s despair several weeks later.  A Montagnard agent reported that the 141st … Continue reading

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“Intelligence pukes”

I am writing this without consulting TTG, an esteemed colleague and friend. This piece is going to seem a bit self-pitying, and he is not the type for that. I transferred to MI branch (insignia above) after serving in the … Continue reading

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