Tag: Military

What do Spec Ops (Rangers SEALs SF) think of Night Stalkers?

To these special operations members, Night Stalkers are about as close to God as you can get. In addition to other missions, not only will the Night Stalkers get them where they need to be, but they will also pick them up and take them back to the nearest FOB (Forward Operating Base).

These pilots are some of the most skilled in the military. They will fly anywhere and under any conditions to do their job, and do it safely.

Yes, Navy pilots launching and landing from a carrier requires a lot of skill and practice. Night Stalkers rank right up there in what is known as the pucker factor, often delivering and extracting special ops teams from rugged terain and/or under enemy fire, or participating in direct action engagements as well.220px-Two_UH-60M,_160th_SOAR_on_USS_Bataan_on_10_Feb._2006

Think about this…a special ops team has just completed a mission behind enemy lines. Every enemy troop on the ground and in the air is scrambling around in a frenzy trying to figure out what just went down and looking and hunting for any soldier that speaks english as their first language.

Now picture yourself as one of those special ops members just trying to get out of there as fast as you can, and hopefully without having to engage the enemy in any numbers.

The enemy is not stupid either. You are on their turf. They are going to begin looking for possible exfil methods and points to prevent you from escaping. Time is critical on both sides.

Now imagine one of the other members of your team took a hit to the leg. You are all moving towards the rendevous point (RP) and you are spotted by an enemy patrol.220px-MH6_at_NASCAR

An engagement ensues as both sides open fire while continuing to move to the RP. Then you radio your friendly neighborhood Night Stalker and wait for them to fly in. While waiting, you are still keeping at a distance an enemy that will soon be reinforced, if it hasn’t already.

When those Night Stalkers make it over the exfil zone to pick you and your team up, greatful to see them and appreciative of the job they do is probably a huge understatement. These pilots are about as close to God as you can get when it is time to go back home, and I know they are treated with the utmost respect by those that hitch a ride in their helecopters.


Pictures used are from Wikipedia.



What are some defining characteristics of the Japanese Samurai culture?

Theirs was a culture rising from war. From the very beginings they served their employer or daimyo in protecting cities. This was before they rose up to power as a class, or in politics. They were servants bred in warfare and combat.

They were experts in warfare and trained for the battlefield. They were experts with weapons such as the bow, spear and sword, and experts in unarmed combat.

They trained constantly in the use of these weapons, for the purpose of combat.

Theirs was a culture of service in war and peace. They were fierce, and for the majority of them, loyal warriors.

Those that survived the many major battles throughout Japan’s barbaric history, walked, limped or crawled away from battlefields. where tens of thousands on both sides lay dead, and another tens of thousands on both sides lay screaming or in shock waiting to die from their wounds.

It was not until around the 10th century that samurai grew into a ruling class in Japan.

  • William Stynetski


Why do countries publicize their military inventory nowadays? Shouldn’t it be a secret?

I was asked to answer this on Quora by Quora member Paolo Anderson today.

Paolo, thanks for asking me to answer your question.

Much of it does stay classified, even if the platform is known. For instance with aircraft carriers, no big secret, but its top speed and range remain classified aspects of that platform.

Even then, some of those secrets don’t stay secret for long. Satellite and other forms of intel gathering and espionage have their place and can be effective, even if the information gathered about a platform is limited in scope.

The older systems tend to have more information out there than newer systems and capabilities. New weapons platforms in the research and development stage are highly classified. However once those systems become operational, efforts to collect intel and data on those new systems begins.

Remember the stealth bombers? Those were a big secret once upon a time. They are not such a big secret any longer, but much of their capabilities still are classified.

B-2 Stealth williamstynetski.com

What does stay classified are the TT&P, or the Techniques, Tactics and Procedures in which those weapons are deployed and employed in theatre. The where, when and how. So even if the capabilities of a weapon system are known, the element of surprise can still, hopefully to some degree, be exercised.

Even then, there will be a combination of different weapon platforms used in conjunction to achieve mission success on the battlefield. Then you have the added benifit of a show of force and capability to hopefully deter future hostilities. In this case, it isn’t so much about the platform itself, and how much of it is known (numbers, capabilities, results) but the how and when it is used. Once that gets out, any enemy force, or future enemy force has to begin to consider and train other alternatives and scenarios. Then, once that happens, we continue our intel gathering on those changes in their training methods, and the cycle continues.

So things stay secret, until they are not secret any longer.

  • William Stynetski



How Do You Fight Defensive Battles?

It is all relative. There can be no defense without offense, and no offense without defense. They are inseperable.

Battles are very fluid. There are constant changes taking place from moment to moment. Makes no difference if these changes are realized at a troop or command level or not. They are taking place.

Some of these changes could be so minor as to be insignificant, and others could be major changes on the battlefield in terms of troop numbers, armament, equipment, and position.

The key is being able to recognize and discern which changes illicit a response or reaction. Not always easy to do, cosidering that some of the most experienced generals on a battlefield have lost battles either by not recognizing these changes, or by issuing orders that resulted in an incorrect response to those changes.

Next it comes down to how well trained and fluid your own forces are. Remember the saying the key to a good offense is a good defense? Well the same holds true for defense. The key to a good defense is a good offense, and preferably, in this case, one that is swift, powerful, and completely unexpected.

The question then is: At what point does this change take place? When does the defensive battle become more of an offensive battle, and to what degree(s)? It is all very much yin and yang.

How defensive do you want to be? Are your troops so defensive that they will not deal with any threat until the first shot is fired? Or is there enough autonomy to handle actual and percieved threats as those threats are forming and taking shape before the repercussions of those threats are introduced into the battle?

As stated earlier, position is a key element. Does this current defensive position also offer the opportunity to fluidly go into offensive maneuvers when the time arises?

That pretty much is the key. Being able to fluidly switch from one to the other, and knowing when to do so.

Of course this goes full circle to offense and defense are inseperable. They are really one and the same. It is how and when the strategies and tactics of each (for the purposes of this discussion) are used in a battle, and to what degree.

William Stynetski


What Are The Living Conditions Like Aboard Ship In The U.S. Navy?

Not bad at all, if you can imagine 30 people living in a 20′ x 20′ berthing area (or smaller) at sea. On land if you are E-4 and below you are assigned to barracks. At E-5 you share a room with another E-5 or above (at least for TAD assignments to specialty schools this was the case for me, and more often than not had the room to myself). Basically if you are at sea you have less space than a federaly incarcerated inmate is garunteed.

At sea E-7s and up have their seperate berthing area. And officers are two to a cabin, unless you are the CO or XO, or consideation is given for higher ranking CDR or LCDR to have their own cabin. This was on a guided missle cruiser and could be different on a carrier or other ship.

CPO Berthing.

The matresses are about 4 inches thick, and just wide enough to have a a couple 2–4 inches on either side of you if you are in the center, which means you turn over in place in your rack to go from back to stomach or stomach to back.

Officers and E-7s and up had thicker mattresses, but the width was about the same. CO and XO had wider mattresses to sleep on, the equivelant of a twin sized mattress.

What a COs at sea cabin might look like.

Food was excellent. Generally the order for food and accomodations and conditions goes like this. Air Force at the top, then Navy, then Army, then Marines at the bottom.

We had steak and lobster about once a month, unless we were doing special operations or at war. The mess cooks onboard were extrordinary and could put anything together from a ham and cheese sandwhich to a seven course meal for an officers ball, and more to include elaborate ice carvings and food arrangement and presentation on level with some of the best Japanese restaurants, if the formal occasion warranted it.

At sea laundry was handled by supply division, in port you are responsible for your own laundry.

On a sub, submariners hot rack. This means you take turns sleeping in shifts a rack assigned to two submariners. You put your own sheets blanket and pillow on the rack when you turn in, and remove them for the next guy when you go on watch. Since a warm body recently slept in that rack, you are never climbing into a cold rack, hence the name hot racking.

I understand food on submarines is excellent as well.

That’s all I can think of for now. If I think of anything else, I will add it later.

To add. The DOD has a deal with the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) so while out at sea or depoyed, box office movies are shown a few months before they are released in theatres everywhere.