As we know,
, China , and virtually every other country in the world is working hard at developing high end combat power. Hardly a week goes by without reading about new ships, aircraft, and armored vehicles being developed and acquired. In addition to churning out equipment at a prodigious rate, the Chinese have been training hard at carrier operations, amphibious assaults, and high end armored operations. Russia
OK, let’s take a peek at what our own United States Marines are working on.
As reported by Marine Times, a new non-lethal mortar is under development (1).
“A new 81mm mortar can deliver a terrifying barrage of flash bangs to distances beyond a mile while minimizing collateral damage.
Grundy [manufacturer’s rep] was inspired to pursue a non-lethal mortar after a visit with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, at
, in the summer of 2008, shortly after the unit returned from a deployment to Camp Pendleton, California . The unit's Marines described the harassing fires they took. Rogue mortarmen would lob rounds toward their forward operating base from civilian populated areas, the executive officer said. Iraq
‘Three-five had restrictive firing rules so they couldn't respond in kind because of the risk of non-combatant casualties,’ Grundy said.”
There’s your situation. Marines taking mortar fire can’t respond in kind and need a non-lethal option. The rest of the world is gearing up for high end combat and that’s what we’re working on. Outstanding!
Seriously, if avoidance of collateral damage is the number one priority (and clearly it was in this case if Marines can’t return mortar fire) then let’s simply not be there. Let’s stay home and then there won’t be any risk of collateral damage and we won’t have to spend money on non-lethal weapons.
Once again, ComNavOps motto: In it to win it, or don’t get in it.
Well, that wasn’t very pleasant but let’s see what else the Marines are working on.
Another Marine Times report describes challenges facing the Marines as they integrate women into combat units (2).
“Early into weapons training at the Ground Combat Integrated Task Force, Marines with the provisional rifle platoon encountered a very gender-specific problem.
The regulation hair buns of the female Marines would cause their Kevlar helmets to slide forward over their eyes and prevent them from maintaining good visibility on targets through their rifle sights in the prone position. When the trouble persisted, female noncomissioned officers with the platoon met for an hour-long brainstorming session with the unit's male leaders. They emerged with a solution: women with the platoon would wear French braids, allowing them to stay neat and professional while keeping their helmets in place.”
So, the Marines have now come up with a woman’s hair style that is neat and professional in combat. Outstanding!
The world is gearing up for high end combat and we’re working on looking neat and professional.
Yes, I cherry picked these articles but the fact they even exist is troublesome. That we would spend time on non-lethal weapons given what the rest of the world is working on is just asinine. Does anyone think
is working on non-lethal weapons? That we would devote precious time and resources to women’s combat hair styles is beyond belief. Seriously, women, if you want the equality that gets you into combat that badly then buzz your heads like the men and be equal. Again, asinine. China
The Marines: The Few. The Neat. The Non-Lethal.
I weep for the Corps.
(1) Marine Times, "Marines, soldiers could soon carry 'flash bang' mortars", James K. Sanborn,
(2) Marine Times, "Marines grapple with combat integration test challenges", Hope Hodge Seck,