22 October 2009

I rely on blogs for information, because they're that credible...

Yesterday, I ran across a fellow captain who was serving with the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division. We were discussing deployments and I noted, correctly, that the 1st Brigade Combat Team's recent deployment to Iraq was cancelled, with a future deployment still up in the air.

Now, how did I know this? I didn't glean this information from official sources. Rather, I got this from Gulliver's post in Ink Spots (Taches d'huile, as the site's URL states, which is an allusion to David Galula's concept of "oil spots" in counterinsurgency).

Milblogs--source of all credible military analysis. Right?

Focus: I've seen a bunch of cases of credible military information coming out in media outlets (particularly blogs) before it comes through command channels. Without breaking operational security, how many times have you noticed this?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You think that's bad, try working in one of the three-letter agencies. *Everything* is RUMINT. Leaks to the major national newspapers are the gold standard of internal news.

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