Missing the Mark
Preparing For An Embed, Part 1


--The book about the raid on Osama bin Laden by Matt Bisssonnette, a former SEAL is under heavy fire from DoD:

The Pentagon late Thursday released a letter from its top lawyer, Jeh Johnson, to publishing giant Penguin and “Mark Owen,” the pseudonym of an ex-SEAL special operator who has been identified as Matt Bissonnette. In the letter, Johnson said Bissonnette had breached non-disclosure agreements he signed while on active duty in 2007.


“In the judgment of the Department of Defense, you are in material breach and violation of the non-disclosure agreements you signed,” Johnson wrote to “Owen,” in keeping with DOD’s policy not to identify some special operators. “Further public dissemination of your book will aggravate your breach and violation of your agreements.”

Will anything happen?  Well, POLITICO's Morning Defense lays out the possibilities:

This is a political gamble: Johnson is a very careful man and may have a strong case, but this could become a public relations loser for the White House. The administration is going after a war hero -- a former SEAL chief with five Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart, along with many other decorations -- who challenged its official storyline and mocked its president. It's catnip for Republicans who already have tried to attack Obama for claiming too much credit for the bin Laden mission. Even though the Pentagon may be legally in the right, this thing could be a PR stink bomb.

Could be.  We'll see.  But bottom line, it's hard to bitch about the administration when you have former SEALs doing the same thing.

-- If you want to know what a real stud looks like, you need to read this story about a young  Marine who just happens to be a triple amputee and completed a 10.5 mile endurance race known as "The Beast".  Meet Corporal Todd Love:

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--If you're interested in what the F-35 brings to the "game", read this.  A Marine Corps pilot who has been there since the beginning, tells it like it is.

--Speaking of lethal aircraft and the Marine Corps, the USMC just made the Osprey a bit more lethal:

The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit has a new, unique weapon to add to its MV-22 Ospreys – capable of firing 3,000 rounds per minute.

The 24th MEU’s Aviation Combat Element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 (Reinforced), received and mounted several Defense Weapon Systems at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 29, 2012, and ran an initial live-fire test at Kuwait’s Udairi Range. 

The DWS is a belly-mounted variation of the GAU-17, a 7.62 mm mini-gun that ranges out to 1,500 meters. The weapon is mounted in the aft cargo hole of the Osprey and is operated via remote control from inside the aircraft using an interface similar to a video-game. 

--The Aussies are special allies as far as I'm concerned.  They fought beside us in every modern war we've been involved in, to include Vietnam.  Heartfelt condolences to them on the losses they suffered this week in Afghanistan:

Australia on Thursday mourned the deaths of five of its soldiers in Afghanistan, three killed by an Afghan army colleague, in the nation's deadliest hours of combat since the Vietnam War.

The Australians were killed in two separate incidents just hours apart late Wednesday and early Thursday.

--Green on blue killings are approaching epidemic.  How bad is it?
U.S. military units have resorted to building hardened safe rooms, or what they call "Alamos," to protect themselves from potential attacks from the soldiers and police officers they are training, according to a report from Stars & Stripes.


--And finally, I love these sorts of stories.  A veteran finally getting recognized for an act of heroism which took place decades ago.  In this case as Distinguished Flying Cross for a WWII act of courage and prowess.

Smith was awarded for his piloting prowess while landing a crippled B-17 upon returning from a bombing mission to Hopston, Germany, March 1, 1945. The B-17's undercarriage and landing gear was damaged by flack from anti-aircraft gunfire.

Somehow Smith was able to make a hard right turn upon landing in order to clear the runway for approaching aircraft, saving the lives of his crew members and fellow bombers in the process.

"If you could imagine the airfield, it's just a concrete runway; aircraft maybe 30 seconds in trail, all of them low on fuel because there was no extra weight on those aircraft to travel," said Zadalis. "So any problem on the runway probably meant aircraft ditching or trying to divert or significant problems for the aircraft behind."

Read the whole thing.

And have a great Labor Day weekend!