Category Archives: Military science

Ideas that add up #118

The US Navy were said to have given one man the specific job of breaking Brown’s record. “To his everlasting credit he got up to 1,600 and then had a nervous breakdown,” says Brown. Fear is something test pilots have … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #53

…Wellington’s famous retort when asked how he could account for never having lost a battle against Napoleon’s armies during the Peninsular War. “Napoleon built his campaigns of iron,” he said, “and when one piece broke the whole structure collapsed. I … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #22

A commander is obeyed by his officers because he is himself obeying; the thing is not in its essence personal; and so down. If he does not obey, the chain weakens. James Dillon musing in Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander … Continue reading

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