SOLDIER STORIES: Perspective is everything.
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This hurt my heart
;A; the last image especially.damn. It makes you not complain.
Really think about this…. kinda changes your perspective.
Last April, unknown attackers shot up 17 transformers at a California substation in what the then-chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Jon Wellinghoff called "the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred" in this country.
Though news reports about the incident at the Metcalf transmission facility came out in April, The Wall Street Journal just pieced together the larger story of the attack together from regulatory filings and outside reporting.
Various power-grid facilities are vandalized or damaged regularly, but the details of this particular attack are startling.
Before the attackers opened fire on the transformers, fiber optic lines running nearby were cut.
Whoever executed the maneuver knew where to shoot the transformers. They aimed at the oil-cooling systems, causing them to leak oil and eventually overheat. By the time that happened, the attackers were long gone.
Wellinghoff toured the site with Navy Seals, according to the Journal, and they were convinced that it was a professional job. Several people in the Journal story join Wellinghoff in talking up the physical (not cyber) threats to the grid’s stability.
Despite the great reporting in the WSJ story, thecentral question remains unresolved: Why did this attack occur? What did they want?
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Evening Quickie #soldierporn: And gentle souls sleep safe tonight.
An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, flies over the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) during a replenishment-at-sea with the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman, flagship for the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Blagoj B. Petkovski, 10 JAN 2014.)
The Retaking of Fallujah.
With the infamous city of Fallujah being captured by Al-Qaeda linked insurgents, the Iraqi Special Operation Forces are now set to attempt what will undoubtedly be a bloody battle to recapture it.
ISOF are the most well equipped and trained counter-terrorism unit in the Middle East. They are also one of the most feared military forces in the region.
According to retired Lt. Col. Roger Carstens;
US Special Forces are “building the most powerful force in the region.” In 2008 Carstens, then a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, was an adviser to the Iraqi National Counter-Terror Force, where he helped set up the Iraqi counterterrorism laws that govern the ISOF.
"All these guys want to do is go out and kill bad guys all day," he says, laughing. "These guys are shit hot. They are just as good as we are. We trained ‘em. They are just like us. They use the same weapons. They walk like Americans."
[Will be watching, along with the greater part of the rest of the civilized world, to see what ensues here. Big talk is one thing, making good on it both efficiently and effectively with little to no collateral damage is something else entirely. -R]