Senator, would you agree that we have recent experience where until we understood how the country would continue to govern and that institutions of governance wouldn't fail, that actually, situations can be made worse by the introduction of military force?
— Army General Martin Dempsey, jousting Thursday with Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., over the wisdom of U.S. military involvement in Syria at an armed services committee hearing. The spat led McCain to place a hold on Dempsey’s nomination to serve a second two-year term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs, meaning it can’t proceed until McCain removes that hold. It wasn’t clear whether Dempsey was referring to Afghanistan, Iraq, or both.

So It Ain’t The Bridge On the River Kwai

The engineering students at Utah State University have come up with a backpack-portable bridge that recently captured first place in the Air Force Research Laboratory Design Challenge.

It’s designed to let military personnel …


— The value of an Army contract, here, announced Thursday, for an unspecified number of “lightweight counter-mortar radars and related parts and services.” As with various anti-IED efforts, that’s a lot of money – nearly a quarter-billion dollars – to deal with a relatively cheap weapon. Given the fact that the U.S. military is pulling out of Afghanistan, it also makes you wonder why they’re stockpiling these things.
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