Hey everyone! This week is going to be a gap week, as I am attending the annual meeting of the Society for Military History which happened to come at the same time as finals and the end stages of some other projects. Unfortunately since I’m not presenting (I am chairing a session), I don’t have an abstract or paper to share with you guys and in my poor forward planning, I don’t have a ’round up’ of links either. That said, we’ll be back next week talking about the development of the tank and how that shapes what is and is not (mostly is not) a tank.
I do want to note just one link that I think is worth reading, the Angry Staff Officer writing on “What’s in a Name: The Problem with ‘Warfighter.'” This goes back to arguments I have made in the past about how it is important to be careful in framing what we imagine the tasks and job of soldiers to be, because how soldiers understand their role influences how they carry that role out. If soldiers imagine they are all ‘warfighters’ then they are more likely to respond to their mission by war-fighting it, which can be a real problem in the many missions soldiers may have which are not war-fightable.
Also for Patrons: the monthly patreon update will also probably be a couple days late (but only a couple); I had hoped to finish it at the airport, but the airport Wifi would not tolerate my ambition.
In the meantime, here is Percy with a TIE-fighter: