W hen the Marine Corps selected a digital pattern for its combat uniform in 2002, the U.S. military as a whole seemed to fracture, with each branch wandering aimlessly in a bizarre search for sartorial identity. It´s been a long, strange trip since. So let´s take a brief look at the camouflage patterns of the U.S. military, and the sorry stories of their adoptions.Universal Camouflage Pattern (U.S. Army The only other country that uses the Universal Camouflage Pattern (see the photos here) for its military is Kazakhstan. That´s pretty much everything you need to know about its effectiveness.
Combat uniforms will have built-in bras...AFTER ALL! We are an all inclusive society! NO differences.
Just one last question to Mr. Panchetta. When a pregnant female soldier is killed; will it count for one or two bodies, Two funerals? You know that is going to be problematic for the civilian bureaucracy.
The individual that sold the US Navy on camouflage uniform other than one of Navy gray should get some kind of an award! Maybe shooting at sunrise will suffice. The US Navy had the most sensible utility uniform in the world, chambray shirt and dungarees both in shades of blue. Now our sailors look like want-to-be Marines and soldiers.
This old CPO agrees with #12. What idiot decided that camouflage is a good idea for sailors? So you blend in with the surrounding ocean if you fall overboard? So it´s easier to find you and get you medical aid after you are buried in grey structure after an explosion?
Back in the early 1970´s I taught a tactical computer class to a bunch of Iranian CPOs (yep, they bought a couple of computerized missile destroyers from us that were never delivered). Their uniforms were grey slacks and shirts. Even they thought wearing a grey uniform on a ship painted all grey, sailing on an ocean that is oftentimes more grey than blue was a dumb idea.
I want to be the next head coach of the University of Texas football team. I´m not saying I will be. I just want to be. Seriously. Start the hype-wagon. Type my name on that little breaking-news ticker at the bottom of the screen. I want to be a rumor. I need to be considered. I believe I am prepared. OK, let me rephrase that: I am not prepared. Not even close. But I am enthusiastic. I really am. What is not to like? You get to live in Austin, one of America´s greatest cities, home to some of the
HAPPINESS has traditionally been considered an elusive and evanescent thing. To some, even trying to achieve it is an exercise in futility. It has been said that “happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” Social scientists have caught the butterfly. After 40 years of research, they attribute happiness to three major sources: genes, events and values. Armed with this knowledge and a few simple rules, we can improve our lives and the lives of those around us. We can even construct a
Welcome Home Blog did a wonderful job with this video of military homecomings. Perfect music, emotional families reuniting with their loved ones – just what we need to see to remind us of the sacrifices our troops make on Americans’ behalf.
"What Shutdown?” That was going to be my opening line, but without the quotation marks. But now that the Wall Street Journal has asked the question in a headline, credit must be shared, but only up to a point. The Journal was reacting to October job numbers, which showed unexpected growth in private sector employment—despite ominous warnings that an October shutdown would slow the economy. It didn’t happen. What’s more, and this is my larger point, what has universally been called a “shutdown” was at best a partial shutdown, affecting no more than 17 percent of government employees—“nonessential” employees, as
Like yesterday’s fashions, old policies never die, they simply return with new accessories. So it is with Rand Paul’s proposal to create Economic Freedom Zones for Detroit and other depressed cities—a recycled version of the Enterprise Zones of 1980s. But if past is prelude, this idea won’t work not because it doesn’t make sense—but because Washington won’t allow a sensible version to pass its august chambers. Freedom Zones is Paul’s answer to Obama’s bailout—oops, aid—package for Detroit and a way to show minorities that the GOP cares. Unlike Obama’s plan, Paul won’t offer federal handouts for housing, brownfield cleanup, highways and
Of the seven deadly sins, envy may not be the wickedest, but it is the most embarrassing. To be possessed by envy is to admit a humiliating personal inadequacy: We do not envy others those attainments that we think we too might achieve, but those we despair of ever possessing. Wrath, greed, pride, lust — all assume a certain self-possession. Sloth and gluttony are practically standard issue in times of plenty such as these. Wrath and pride are the sins of great (but not good) men. Envy is the affliction of the insignificant. It is the small man’s sin. Which brings
Stealing elections is an old game politicians play. Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president, got to the U.S. Senate in 1948 by “winning” the closest race in Texas history by a margin of 87 votes out of more than a million cast. An election judge in tiny Alice, Texas, said he counted more than 200 names on the voting roll for Box 13 that were written in alphabetic succession in the same hand, same color of ink. When a federal court subpoenaed Box 13, it was discovered to be “lost.” LBJ took his seat in the Senate. Voting machines were
Steve Stockman’s surprise Senate campaign almost seems like a “Colbert Report” send-up of the Tea Party. The unconventionally two-term Republican congressman from Texas—he was elected once in 1994 and again in 2012—is challenging Sen. John Cornyn in the GOP primary. “If liberal John Cornyn loves being a senator he can move to Massachusetts,” Stockman said in a statement using the phrase “liberal John Cornyn”—lifetime American Conservative Union rating 93—27 times. “I’m sick and tired of being bayoneted in the back by someone in my own foxhole,” Stockman wrote in his declaration of candidacy. “When freedom is threatened Texans have always mounted up
Scientology members allegedly set up high-tech surveillance cameras to spy on the family of a disillusioned former leader, a bombshell harassment lawsuit against the church claims. Monique Rathbun, wife of former church bigwig turned critic Marty Rathbun, filed a suit in Comal County, Texas, saying she has been “harassed, insulted, surveilled, photographed, videotaped, defamed and humiliated” by church members, including a group called the “squirrel busters” who allegedly rented a home near the couple to spy on them. Marty was inspector general of Scientology’s Religious Technology Center but left the church in 2004, while Monique was never a member. Marty says his
The actor who became a star overnight with ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ was unforgettable, even if you only met him once—ten years before his death Sunday at 81. I met Peter O’Toole just once. We spent the better part of a day together in London about 10 years ago, when he had just learned Hollywood was going to give him an honorary Oscar. He’d been nominated seven times without winning, so it seemed like the least they could do. Hearing Sunday that he had died made me more bereft than I might have imagined—after all, I only met him the one time. But
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In the old postwar, pre-Obama world, the United States accepted a 65-year burden of defeating Soviet communism. It led the fight against radical Islamic terrorism. The American fleet and overseas bases ensured that global commerce, communications, and travel were largely free and uninterrupted. Globalization was a sort of synonym for Americanization. It was neither a particularly pleasant nor popular task. To keep the Soviets out of the Persian Gulf, we made unpopular deals of convenience with odious dictators and monarchs to keep the oil freely flowing to global consumers. In return, the billionaire and authoritarian sheikdoms often used cartels and monopolies
Caroline Kennedy is a long way from Syracuse.The soft-spoken presidential scion, who four years ago this month toured upstate New York in a short and ill-fated bid for the U.S. Senate, has swept with force into her newest public role as President Barack Obama’s ambassador in Japan. And if the iconic daughter of American political royalty showed herself to be deeply uncomfortable as a glad-handing pol, she’s on her way to becoming something of a rock star in the more dignified world of diplomacy.
As thousands of state residents enroll in Washington’s expanded Medicaid program, many will be surprised at fine print: After you’re dead, your estate can be billed for ordinary health-care expenses. The way Prins saw it, that meant health insurance via Medicaid is hardly “free” for Washington residents 55 or older. It’s a loan . . .
Valerie Jarrett, Obama´s Rasputin, unwittingly provided us an answer to the question of why the Obama Presidency is such a man-caused disaster. There are few people who are close to the notoriously insular Barack Obama (a former aide, Neera Tanden, said that "Obama doesn´t call anyone, and he´s not close to almost anyone. It´s stunning that he´s in politics, because he really doesn´t like people") but Valerie Jarrett is among the select few. They have been friends for decades; she introduced Barack to Michelle; she is a constant presence in the White House, and highly unusual for a White House
The Republican establishment is fed up with the “outside groups” — the conservative lobbying shops and super PACs that have pulled the party Rightward in recent years — and this time, it’s the establishment that is uninterested in compromise. House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are playing to win. But here´s the problem: Directly fighting the insurgent groups only makes them stronger. In a span of 48 hours, the party leadership took two direct shots at the conservative insurgents. Boehner attacked the outside groups on camera, singling out Heritage Action. Also, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., fired Republican Study
Former Arkansas Governor and Fox News Channel host Mike Huckabee weighed in on the escalating feud between establishment Republican politicians and conservative activist groups on Saturday. Asked for his thoughts on House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) admonition of the idealized purism advocated by some outside groups, Huckabee sympathized with Boehner saying that governing is more difficult than activism and “politics is not theology.” Huckabee began by saying that Boehner was not scolding the tea party movement but conservative groups that capitalize on that movement. He added that some of those groups appear to have an “all or nothing mindset” and that
Business trade associations applauded the rant by Speaker John Boehner against outside conserative groups like Heritage Action and FreedomWorks, saying it was long overdue. The Hill: Business groups, whose frustration with the Tea Party boiled over during the government shutdown, said Boehner´s broadside was long overdue. "I think we have all said it. The business community has been uniformly frustrated at how strident the ideological groups have been in defiance of reason," said David French, senior vice president of government relations of the National Retail Federation. Lobbyists said they are encouraged by the fact that the budget accord easily passed the lower chamber despite
Sure, he likely didn’t mean anything overtly sexual by it. But Vice President Joe Biden is a folksy kind of guy who has officially entered dirty old man territory and done something sure to elicit laughs within the White House Press Corps. Look how he’s manhandling The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Aime Parnes for this photograph taken at a recent holiday party that she posted on her Facebook page. For most people’s tastes he’s grazing way too close to the vicinity of her abdomen. And watch her reaction. Is it shock, awe, utter disbelief? Whatever the expression, she appeared to
MINNEAPOLIS--Black students at the University of Minnesota say racial descriptions in crime alerts does not help catch suspects. Instead, it´s hurting black male students. There have been more than two dozen crimes on or near the U this year. Crime alert after crime alert describes many of the suspects as young black males. "There are a plethora of young black men on campus who fit that description," Abdel-Kader Toovi, a college senior and vice president of the Black Men´s Forum on campus, said. Ian Taylor, a junior and president of the Black Men´s Forum, said many of their members have expressed concern over how
The film industry is in mourning after legendary film actor Peter O´Toole died at the age of 81. The critically acclaimed performer, who was born in County Galway, Ireland, died after being taken to hospital with a long-suffering illness on Friday. He is survived by two daughters - Kate and Patricia - and a son, Lorcan Patrick O´Toole. In a statement released earlier, Kate O’Toole said: ´His family are very appreciative and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of real love and affection being expressed towards him, and to us, during this unhappy time. Thank you all, from the bottom of
After more than 50 years leading the fight to legitimize attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Keith Conners could be celebrating. Severely hyperactive and impulsive children, once shunned as bad seeds, are now recognized as having a real neurological problem. Doctors and parents have largely accepted drugs like Adderall and Concerta to temper the traits of classic A.D.H.D., helping youngsters succeed in school and beyond. But Dr. Conners did not feel triumphant this fall as he addressed a group of fellow A.D.H.D. specialists in Washington. He noted that recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the diagnosis had been
WASHINGTON — CIA officers revealed a clash over how quickly they should go help the besieged U.S. ambassador during the 2012 attack on an outpost in Libya, and a standing order for them to avoid violent encounters, according to a congressman and others who heard their private congressional testimony or were briefed on it. The Obama administration has been dogged by complaints that the White House, Pentagon and State Department may not have done enough before and during the attack to save U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, and by accusations that it later engaged in a cover-up. One allegation was
The universe is a hologram and everything you can see - including this article and the device you are reading it on - is a mere projection. This is according to a controversial model proposed in 1997 by theoretical physicist Juan Maldacena. Until now the bizarre theory had never been tested, but recent mathematical models suggest that the mind-boggling principle could be true. According to the theory, gravity in the universe comes from thin, vibrating strings. These strings are holograms of events that take place in a simpler, flatter cosmos. Professor Maldacena´s model suggests that the universe exists in nine