U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ian Kinkead
Yes, the Tom Ricks defense column, once hosted by Foreign Policy and known as “The Best Defense,” has moved here to Task & Purpose. It is now called “The Long March with Tom Ricks,” as you can plainly see.
It will continue largely as you have known it. I’ll write items as observations about national security as they strike me. I’ll also have guest columns, with an eye particularly to running contributions by people with personal experience of the subject they are writing about. And, thankfully, the Council of the Former Enlisted has packed its trash and moved with me.
But I am open to new ideas. Is there anything you’d like to see more of? Or less of? (Okay, Okay, I promise no more rude columns about Ben Rhodes.)
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after a military jury found him guilty of murder in connection with the death of a fellow airman in Guam, Air Force officials announced on Tuesday.
A Russian man got drunk as all hell and tried to hijack an airplane on Tuesday, according to Russian news agencies.
So, pretty much your typical day in Siberia. No seriously: As Reuters notes, "drunken incidents involving passengers on commercial flights in Russia are fairly common, though it is unusual for them to result in flights being diverted."