The Best Defense

Soldier poets of the Great War (V): Hodgson's nobility vs. Sassoon's realism

William Noel Hodgson prayed ambivalently in his poem "Before Action":

By all delights that I shall miss,

Help me to die, O Lord.

At about the same time, Siegfried Sassoon's thoughts were running colder as he marched past a corps commander:

‘Eyes right!' The corpse-commander was a Mute;

And Death leered round him, taking our salute.

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The Best Defense

A defense acquisition expert on the procurement lessons of 'Star Wars'

Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward wasn't at all impressed by Darth Vader's management style, which he finds overly reliant on motivating workers through "telekinetic strangulation." Also, he says, "Death Stars can't possibly be built on time or on budget, require pathological leadership styles and...keep getting blown up."

The lessons of "Star Wars," he concludes, are: Build simple, inexpensive weapons, and rely more on droids than on Death Stars.

Meanwhile, since I have nowhere else to put it, and I don't have the copyright clearance to run it myself, here's a link to a great weird photo.

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