Making Marine Security Guards

Marine  are currently protecting 175 embassies and consulates around the globe. This is a job we often forget with all the blood and guts infantry videos coming from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m a full-time, action-fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years writing every day in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things American foreign policy, national security, and all things Marine Corps.

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Military news round up from around the world, 1/27/15

Hey guys,

I’ve done a poor job of posting on here of late. I apologize about that and will try to do better.

And with that, let’s run through a quick military news round up.

The Russians are causing trouble again in Ukraine, and it seems Mr. Putin is a terrible economist. Yesterday, S&P cut Russia’s credit rating to junk for the first time in ten years.

This is great news long-term, as Putin needs to learn that when you act like a third world dictator, you get treated like a third world dictator. Unfortunately in the short term, as their economy tanks, it could encourage further invasion of Ukraine and possibly other countries.

The U.S. is increasingly taking this threat serious, and if the Cold War didn’t start several months ago, consider it full on now. We’ve got the Army looking to store tanks and equipment in eastern Europe, a Russian spy ship visiting Havana, and Russia just ended its deal to work with the U.S. to secure its loose nuclear materials.

In other news, score one for the Corps! A Marine has been tapped to lead Defense Intelligence Agency for the first time ever.

And finally, in Iraq/Syria, there was some good news. In the war torn city of Kobani, the Kurds ousted Islamic State fighters with a ton of help from U.S. airstrikes. But this city was crucial strategically, so I don’t belabor the point of who did what.

And we needed some signs of progress in this war, that’s for sure.

On that note, we’re deploying 1,000 paratroopers from 82nd Airborne to Iraq to conduct further training.

Sincer we’re talking about training Kurds, I’ll sign off with a quick video of the Brits training the Kurds.

So, what’s your thoughts on the news?

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m a full-time, action-fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years writing every day in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things American foreign policy, national security, and all things Marine Corps.

This recent anti-terrorism drill falls short, in my opinion

On the one hand, I’m glad to see the anti-terrorism drill below, which took place on a Marine base in Okinawa.

The training is needed, and this drill happened even before the attack on the French newspaper.

But at the same time, I’m beyond NOT impressed with what I see.

In my humble opinion, these guys are far too lightly armed, serious security barriers/fortifications are lacking, and it’s clear even from the interview that there aren’t many of these joint training ops happening. (The Japanese security guard says he hopes they’ll do more…)

Watch the video and give me your take.

Maybe I’m being too harsh/old school, but I want to know what their plan is for when a van load — or two van loads — of guys bust through the gate, all heavily armed. As most prior service members know, almost everyone on a military base is unarmed, so the carnage would be disastrous.

Respectfully, Marine leadership, I think you guys need to step it up before you get a lot of folks killed.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m a full-time, action-fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years writing every day in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things American foreign policy, national security, and all things Marine Corps.

Re-starting up the site

Hey guys,

I was away longer than I expected, but I’m going to be getting the site fired up again.

Appreciate your all’s patience, and as a reminder, I’ll be posting about American foreign policy, national security, and all things Marine Corps.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years writing every day in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things American foreign policy, national security, and all things Marine Corps.