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Stuff I didn't know: Earth's rotation affects the accuracy of long-range shells

I didn't know that the Earth's rotation tends to deflect long-range artillery shells. More here. It is called "the Coriolis drift," which sounds to me like a good movie title.

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Don't blame my Army for the lack of black officers in combat commands

By Petronius Arbiter

Best Defense guest columnist

It is a well-known fact that the Army has struggled for decades trying to get more black officers to reach the highest ranks of the Army and especially the combat arms. This should be a surprise to no one.

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Why won't we honor 74 dead sailors?

By Louise Esola

Best Defense guest columnist

A few months ago this blog asked: why not add the names of the 74 young men killed on the USS Frank E. Evans on June 3, 1969 to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial? The reasons for the omission of those names are fast disappearing as new information shows this oversight is long overdue for change, a reversal that will finally provide closure to the families and survivors of the only ship that sank in the Vietnam War, literally and figuratively. And change may be in store as early as this fall.

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Ugly writing from the Army War College

This wordy, jargony, clichéd, heavily Latinate writing just gets on my nerves:

Following the financial crisis, it was the declinist narrative, and now it appears to be verging on a competency, or weariness, narrative. We recognize our fundamental strengths and lean away from global responsibilities. Pundits from both sides of the aisle wonder about the direction of our nation and the unease this has caused in the rest of the world. Signs of retrenchment and floundering abound, and the concern over the future leadership role of the United States is not just a partisan endeavor. The National Intelligence Council's Global Trends 2030 listed as one of its potential game-changers the uncertain "role of the United States." 

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