November 14, 2013  

Krusinski acquitted | Fat Leonard’s rap sheet | Failure in Abbottabad?

Air Force Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, who was accused of drunkenly groping a woman’s buttocks outside a bar, was found not guilty of assault and battery by an Arlington County, Va., jury yesterday, Kristin Davis and Brian Everstine report. Krusinski’s arrest — and the initial charge of misdemeanor sexual battery, which was later reduced — was particularly embarrassing for the Air Force because he was in charge of the service’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office. (Air Force Times)

And the Navy’s prostitutes-and-Lady Gaga-tickets bribery scandal continues to develop into more of a headache for the service. Matthew Burke writes that the man at the center of the scandal — “Fat Leonard” Francis — has a history of weapons convictions and robbery charges, causing some to ask why he was given access to high-ranking Navy officials. But if you can’t trust a man named Fat Leonard, who can you trust? (Stars and Stripes)

In 1944, General Dwight Eisenhower wrote a (thankfully) never-used letter that would have been released had the Normandy invasion failed, in which he accepts the blame for failing to gain a toehold on Fortress Europe. And in the latest entry into the alternate-history canon, Barbara Starr has a report on the White House’s plans in case the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound ended in failure. (CNN)

Finally, Dan Lamothe has the story on the Pentagon’s breakup with a shady Russian arms dealer. (Foreign Policy)

Warlord’s Quote

“Generals should receive advice, in the first place from the experts who are both specially skilled in military matters and have learned from experience; secondly, from those who are on the scene of action…..Thus, if there is anyone who is confident that he can advise me as to the best advantage of the state in this campaign which I am about to conduct, let him not refuse his services to the state, but come with me into Macedonia.” — Consul Lucius Aemilius Paulus, Rome, 168 B.C.

Contributed by Carson Morris, director of the Association for Intelligence Officers, adviser to U.S. government intelligence agencies, and Chief Operations Officer, Intelsec Corp. From a list compiled by the Warlord Loop, a private email forum for national security experts.

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