Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Wargaming Season

I think it's been a little while since I've last posted. I was previously unaware that while the spring is the fighting season in various parts of the world, it's also wargaming and conference season in D.C. and elsewhere. It seems everyone is somewhere other than their offices figuring out how to win wars. I've been doing just that for the better part of the past three weeks or so.

The first event I went to was the Tribal Engagement Workshop (TEW) that the Small Wars Foundation (parent organization of the Small Wars Journal) put on March. This is the workshop's official webpage which has the background reading, the official summary report, and will link to posts and articles that come out of the workshop. I highly recommend reading Josh Foust's posts at Registan on this topic (links provided on the TEW page). Another great summary of the workshop is over at AM. There was a lot covered over those two days and I'm hoping to write about some of them this week.

The second event I went to was move one of Joint Irregular Warfare 2010, cosponsored by the Marine Corps, JFCOM, and SOCOM. It was only move one, so I'll won't go into much detail about it now. It was a pretty good crowd of military and interagency folks. Move 2 goes down in a little over a month, so I'll probably write more about it then. So stay tuned for that.

It seems that I'll be keeping this pace up for a couple/few months, which is great for meeting people and having interesting conversations. On the other hand, it plays merry hell with my schedule and makes blogging time hard to come by. But I'll do my best. I'm sure some of you will enjoy the respite from my screeds...


  1. "I'm sure some of you will enjoy the respite from my screeds..."

    Now don't go fishing for compliments...


    Of course the blog's readership misses all of you when you don't post! Unless some of us are too busy to check in, and then who thinks about this place anyway? Really, we have our own lives, you know.

    *On a more serious note, thanks for the heads up on the Tribal Engagement conference.

    **Life is sort of crazy for me now, too (it always is, isn't it? Being an adult is hard!), but I have the advantage of being tied to my work institution. Or is that a disadvantage? Trying to get time off is impossible - there are only two of us in my specialty heading into the summer. Some one has to cover the place.

    I was supposed to be in DC for a Spring meeting, and as always, that fell through. Oh well.

    ***Because you are all so busy, maybe one way to handle the situation is to simply post a link to an interesting article from time to time with a brief excerpt? It wouldn't take long and would keep the place updated. Other than that, don't worry about it because people will keep checking in periodically. You are on our feeds and readers and stuff, yeah?

  2. Yeah--it's also wargame time for the French military: