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The world of JAGs continues to go to hell in a hand basket: BG Sinclair edition

The lead prosecutor in the Army's case against Brig. Gen. Sinclair was removed after he became persuaded that the government's chief witness was lying about certain evidence. He felt strongly about it, saying to a superior, "She lied to me. She lied to me. She [expletive] lied to me. Why would she lie to me?"

Said superior officer visited him in a Washington-area hotel and decided that the prosecutor was going nuts. "I've never seen a human being so stripped of logic and rationality," related Brig. Gen. Paul Wilson, the prosecutor's commander.

(My side question: Why were two Army lawyers meeting at the Ritz Carlton? If they are on the taxpayers' tab, I think Days Inn might be better.)

Meanwhile, the Bozo Prize for flat-out stupidity goes to BG Sinclair for having 9,100 pornographic images on his computer. To further confuse things, he is pleading guilty to some of the charges, but not to the most serious ones. I do not understand what that really means.

In other senior officer criminal news, an Air Guard colonel based in Pittsburgh has been charged with 100 counts of theft, conspiracy, and wire fraud.


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Sharp on defense budget: We're taking risks with ground forces, so it would be prudent to plan for ways to rebuild them

One of the best people I know on analyzing the defense budget is Travis Sharp, and he delivers as usual in his new brief. He concludes that the United States is taking some risks by cutting its ground forces, and so should study different ways to regenerate ground forces quickly. Given this situation, Sharp, who lives up to his surname, writes:

DOD could add more substance to the debate by studying transformative models for generating ground forces, including a progressive- or tiered-readiness system. Tiered readiness has a bad reputation because it is often blamed for past U.S. military failures. However, critics often overlook the fact that these failures had many causes, including significant strategic errors by civilian political leaders.

Center of Military History/U.S. Army