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EXECUTIVE OUTCOMES: AGAINST ALL ODDS - FIREFIGHT WITH UNITA, Part One

In 1992, the Cold War had ended. However, in Africa, things were starting to heat up as tensions held in check by the Cold War began to boil over. In other places, the Cold War was going out with a bang – not a whimper. Angola was one such place, where UNITA [National Union for the Total Independence of Angola], under Jonas Savimbi, refused to participate in the 1992 elections and tried to seize control.

HOW CHAVEZ LOST HONDURAS

THE START OF A CRISIS

WHY ARE WE FIGHTING?

Recently, a chain e-mail surrounding a proposal by a Vermont State Representative by the name of Fred Maslack has been making the rounds. This e-mail resurrected a story that will be ten years old later this year. The idea: Make non-gun owners in the state of Vermont register with the state and pay a $500 fee.

 

TARGET: FIVE-SEVEN

5.7x28MM

The weapon allegedly used by Nidal Malik Hasan in the Fort Hood shooting has been in the headlines before. But the story begins long before it hit the headlines. In fact, the story of the Five-seveN starts in 1990.

THE THIN BLUE LINE AT SEA: THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

LONG HISTORY

If there is a single force that is in action 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, it is the United States Coast Guard. It not only is on call 24/7, but it is also tasked with a wide variety of missions that take it from the fresh and salt waters of the United States to the front lines of America’s wars.

THE WILD BUNCH TESTS THE LATEST GEAR IN THE COLORADO HIGH COUNTRY

Once again, the “Wild Bunch” gathered in the high country of Colorado, near the small town of Maybelle. Some came to hunt, some to get the hell out of the too-many-people urban areas, but all participated in discussing how to postpone the demise of Western civilization in general, and that of our great Republic in particular for the year. As well as evaluate and discuss new gear, work out new small arms, generally hang out and maybe just maybe harvest an elk or two.

COP TALK: Go to "L"

One of the greatest pitfalls for law enforcement officers is the crossfire, or taking positions that put them in the line of fire of other officers. Officers with only a few years on the job have done it hundreds of times. We all have, but avoiding crossfire takes only a little forethought, along with some roll-call training in order to put it into practice.

 

FIGHTING WITH LIGHT

Brute force, or as trainer Tom Benge says, “cubic inches” can make a big difference in a fight. But if your assailant is more versed in martial arts than you or the fight is blade- or projectile-based, you may be making a trip to the E.R. or worse. However, if your assailant can’s see you, he or she will have a much more difficult time harming you, especially if you don’t remain in the same place.

A MERC’S LAST HURRAH

The Cold War years were the days of the mercs, of their wild and lawless adventures in Africa and across the globe in the proxy war playgrounds of the superpowers. In 2004, a legendary British merc who was heavily involved in African exploits during the Cold War attempted to recapture the excitement of those years. The clever, well-educated Simon Mann had captured the imagination of adventure seekers and had amassed fortunes through his exploits.

PRIVATE MILITARY COMPANIES

Companies such as Executive Outcomes (EO), and other private military companies (PMCs) that followed in our tracks, would never have been able to operate across the world if the international community and the UN in particular had taken decisive action in so-called trouble spots or flash points. Time and time again, the UN blue-helmeted peacekeeping forces proved themselves incapable of doing the job.

THINK FORFEITURE

Does anyone recall a minor flap a few years ago when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) was giving away utility tools with the legend “Think Forfeiture.” The story lasted for only a short while in a few magazines and was published on numerous web sites. The breadth, scope and cost of this gift program were never revealed, nor the intended purpose. The feature of the story, what got the attention of most people, was that ATF was thinking forfeiture.

COP TALK: SHOOTING AT VEHICLES

In the history of American law enforcement, and certainly law enforcement in general, with the introduction of firearms, it was universally accepted to fire projectiles at suspects fleeing from authorities. This tradition continued for centuries. In the beginning, the fleeing consisted of beating feet, either one’s own or those of a horse or other animal. Back then, in addition to different mores, there were fewer people and, of course, no automobiles.

WEAPONS OF THE FREEDOM GROUP

I’ve always been a believer in shooting OPA—other people’s ammo—whenever possible, especially in this day and age of ammo scarcity. (Thank you NoBama.)