The U.S. Air Force has been secretly organizing a plan to replace its F-15 C/D fleet with brand spanking new F-15X Eagle air superiority fighters, the Drive reported on Wednesday. This move could take the heat off of the service’s handful of F-22 Raptors or make up for F-35 shortcomings — and cushion the expenses involved in operating and maintaining two 5th-generation fighters.
Take the objective or fall back to spare your men? These aren’t consequence-free choices, and they’re not added for dramatic effect. In Burden of Command, a new “World War II tactical leadership RPG,” you assume command of a fictional company within the Army’s 7th Infantry Regiment — the “Cottonbalers” — to make life-and-death calls based on actual historical scenarios.
I was about 16, helping out with a beach demonstration of operator gadgets at the Navy UDT/SEAL Museum in South Florida, when a SEAL vet gave me and my friends a chance to shoot a full-automatic weapon for the first time: blank rounds from a belt-fed M-60. Each of us stepped up, grunted under the bulk of the machine gun, felt the upward jerk of the muzzle as it burped hot anger toward the surf, and said to ourselves: My God, this rocks.
In tactical hand gunning, it’s the little things. And as Robert Keller can tell you, there are lots of little things. Keller — a career Ranger and Special Forces NCO — spends his time training civilian and law enforcement to shoot and think like an operator. In this quick primer video, he coaches you to think about pistol misfires and misfeeds. Fixing them is easy, but in stressful shooting situations, everything gets harder until it’s drilled into you. Let this seasoned grunt be your guide.