Hey folks. Apologies to those who were eagerly awaiting Part II of the Fremen Mirage series. While I have a draft of the next installment done, I don’t feel like it is quite where I want it be, so I’m going to hold on to it for another week. Normally, I’d just push a bit to get it ready, but I have a number of other deadlines (both self-imposed and external) I’m working on.
In the meantime, I thought I wouldn’t leave you without something to munch on, so let me offer two links y’all might find interesting.
First, here is the Angry Staff Officer (@pptsapper), talking Ewok Warfighting. A sample:
In this single engagement, the Ewoks manage to overwhelm and completely defeat a technologically superior force simply by using conventional military tactics and the principles of multi-domain operations. Through the synchronization of direct and indirect fire, close air support, combat engineer principles, deception, psychological operations, and massing their forces at the key point in time and space, the Ewoks demonstrate their proficiency in land warfare. Other Star Wars universe forces—the Gungans and the Galactic Army of the Republic in particular—show their own flashes of tactical brilliance, but none of them come close to matching the Ewoks in their ability to coordinate the effects of combat power.
Check it out, and if you haven’t, also note Angry Staff Officer’s excellent blog.
For those looking for something a little more narrowly historical, let me recommend Wayne Lee’s fantastic talk from two years back, “Reaping the Rewards: How the Governor, the Priest, the Taxman and the Garrison Secure Victory in World History.” Securing gains is a crucial part of strategy and military operations, which is often neglected in not only popular culture, but also doctrine – this lecture is particularly on-point because it contrasts different forms of securing gains, for both state and non-state actors, in cases where ‘gains’ may mean very different things in terms of the objective end-state of military action. Check it out.
As I’m looking towards the future of the blog and also ramping up my own teaching/research/publication schedule, I may make these short “neat things I’ve seen” posts a regular occurrence (maybe on the first or last Friday of each month), to give me more time to brew up the big feature series that folks seem to like so much.
And, since I didn’t give you guys a post with pictures, here is an ancient cat sculpture: