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Arete 6.30.22


New Israeli military technology allows operators to ‘see through walls’, Business Insider
What Being an Army Green Beret Taught Me About Leadership, Men’s Journal
F3 – French Army’s New Helmet, Soldier Systems
Sig M18 Review: Over 1,000 Rounds Through the New Service Pistol, Tactical Gun Life
Hand, ear and neck tattoos now OK for soldiers amid recruiting crunch, Army Times
Army vet killed fighting in Ukraine: report, Army Times
Army private admits bizarre plot to attack his unit on deployment, Army Times
Will the Kaliningrad Crisis Lead to War?, Foreign Policy
ILA 2022: Germany continues impressive sales run for F-35, Janes
Marine Corps artillery ― it isn’t too late to salvage it, Marine Corps Times
Outgunned. Outmanned. Outnumbered. Outplanned?, Morning Defense
Russian Armed Forces block Lisichansk from the south, take hundreds captive, Pravda Report
USA won’t save its mercenaries in Ukraine as supremacy comes first, Pravda Report
Express predicts London’s possible reaction to execution of British militants, Pravda Report
Russian Military Forecasting and Analysis, RAND
This Army officer’s epic rant about company command is a work of art, Task & Purpose
Congress is bringing back the idea of a ‘limited’ nuclear war, Task & Purpose
No, aircraft carriers will not be useless in a war with China, Task & Purpose
Feedback Loops and Fundamental Flaws in Autonomous Warships, War on the Rocks
Let the Commandant Lead the Marine Corps, War on the Rocks
Double Asymmetry: The Inevitability of an Arms Race on the Korean Peninsula, War on the Rocks
What to make of China’s New Aircraft Carrier, Economist
The Ukraine War is Bleeding Russian Dry, 1945
Best Memoir of the Iraq War, Real Clear Defense

National Security / Foreign Policy

UK Farm Recruiters Shun Russians Even as Labor Shortages Bite, Bloomberg
Should Ukraine Settle with Russia?, RAND
What if Russia’s Army Fails in Ukraine?, RAND
Sri Lanka to send ministers to Russia seeking discounted oil, Al Jazerra
France in Focus, Al Jazeera
Ex-Army pilot turned defense contractor sold aviation secrets to China, Army Times
US Army looks to address capability gaps as it rebuilds Arctic operations, Army Times
It’s Time to Base Fifth-Gen Fighter Jets on Guam, INDOPACOM Chief Says, Defense One
The Real Stakes of Taiwan, Foreign Policy
Analysis: HUMINT insights from the Muller/Cherkasov case,
Russia and EU enter into gas war of attrition and survival, PravdaReport
Falling out of Favor: How China Lost the Nordic Countries, The Diplomat

First Responder / Homeland Security / Wildland Fire

Urban Voters Are Tired of Crime and Disorder. Will Progressive DAs Listen?, Manhattan Institute
North East firefighter struck, killed on Coastal Highway in Ocean City, FFCC
Chesterfield (VA) Firefighter, 41, Dies Leading Water Rescue Training, Firefighter Nation
Hero Broward (FL) Firefighter Now Under Arrest for Misuse of Parking Passes, FirefighterNation
Kan. firefighter dies from injuries sustained in structure fire, FR1
Families of Chicago cops, firefighters who die by suicide will get benefits,FR1
Suspect in killing of S.C. deputy took officer’s gun, TASER, sheriff says, Police1
Watch: Cops use less-lethal chemical launcher Byrna SD to arrest suspect, Police1
San Jose PD releases 93-page list of military equipment per new law, Police1
Police: Suspect smuggled gun into jail before killing Ark. detention officer, Police1
Firefighters attack Ridge Fire near Mt. Shasta community in Northern California, Wildfire Today
Dempsey Fire west of Mineral Wells, continues to challenge Texas firefighters, Wildfire Today
Firefighters stop the Elmore Fire in Anchorage, Alaska, Wildfire Today
Will Closing the “Boyfriend Loophole” in Gun Legislation Save lives? Here’s What the Research Says, Homeland Security Newswire

Mountain / Outside

Here’s Why You Need These Reusable Glow Lights!, Outdoor Hub
Low Tech Safety with the Snow Visa, BC Ski Touring Blog
I Reported on Avalanches for 15 Years. Then I Triggered a Huge One., Outside
New Series Asks: Are These Pursuits Worth the Risk of Death?, Adventure Journal
Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad – 6/23/22, AAI
Happy Place: Grace Staberg finds her flow on the Skimo World Cup, Backcountry MagazineMondelēz International buys CLIF Bar & Company for $2.9 billion, Outside Business
Sea to Summit sold to Australian Private Equity Firm, Outside Business
Next Season’s Hottest Outdoor Gear, Outside Business
Is Ultralight Backpacking Gear Worth the Cost to My Budget—and My Comfort?, Outside
Light Player – A Biker’s Daydream, TGR
Boater Dies on Gros Ventre River Outside Jackson Hole, TGR
From Stone to Wood, Patagonia
Hiker Torches Supported FKT of White Mountains’ 48 4,000-Foot Peaks, GearJunkie
BleuAir is a Lightweight & Compact Air Compressor with Plenty of Power, Werd

Health / Fitness / Nutrition

A billionaire wants to shake up America’s drugs market, Bloomberg
EMOM Training Explained: Watch the Clock for More Gains, Breaking Muscle
Vitamins, supplements are a ‘waste of money’ for most Americans, Science Daily
As US obesity epidemic grows, new study shows who is gaining weight over the last decade, Science Daily
Embracing the (Training) Heat, Endurance Nation
How to Flip the Script to Take Control of Stressful Situations, Outside
Can You Stand on One Leg for 10 Seconds? What that Tells You About Your Overall Health, Healthline
The Best Chest and Back Workout for Men, Men’s Journal
Abortion Pills Take the Spotlight as States Impose Abortion Bans, NY Times
Why Purpose is a Requirement for Happiness, Psychology Today
9 Easy Ways to Start a Conversation with a Stranger, Psychology Today
Human cells take in less protein from a plant-based ‘meat’ than from chicken, Science Daily
Flu vaccination linked to 40% reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, Science Daily
The Hidden Story About Calories and Weight Loss, T-Nation
Sports Psychology Frameworks for Anxiety and Injury with Dr. Justin Ross, TrainingPeaks
Is “Micro-Quitting” Keeping You From Reaching Your Full Potential?, Triathlete
Nearly 3 in 10 Americans Have Insomnia: Survey, WebMD
Who Managed COVID-19 Best, and Why?, Foreign Policy


Recommended Reading: A blockchain primer, Engadget
Can the Fed pull off a controlled slowdown of the housing market?, Economist
Ford Vows to Clean Up Quality as Recalls Hit Hard, Jalopnik
One Day, AI Will Seem as Human as Anyone. What Then?, Wired
The Boys’ Star Karl Urban Says They Ran Out of Fake Sperm While Filming the ‘Herogasm’, Men’s Health
I Cheated on My Wife. Why Won’t She Get Over It?, NY Times
How ‘Green’ Is an Electric Truck Compared to Gas Cars?, Adventure Journal
14 New Environmental Books to Kickstart Your Summer Reading List, Adventure Journal

Sophisticated Design is Immature

By Rob Shaul

Fifteen years ago when I founded Mountain Athlete, I learned a hard lesson about training athletes who use their fitness for real stuff outside the gym – If the fitness they’ve gained doesn’t transfer to outside performance, I wouldn’t be in business long. 

At that time there was little literature, research or books written on programming for mountain athletes, so when I started coaching, my programming was heavily influenced by classic strength training methodology, sports-performance or “functional fitness” teams sport programming (Boyle, Verstegen), with a little Glassman (CrossFit) thrown in.

I started the gym in the winter, and the mountain guides, rafting guides, high level rock and alpine climbers, freeski pros, mountain bikers and others I started working with during those initial cold months with all had great gains in the gym. 

Their 1RMs went up, bodyweight max reps improved, work capacity event finish times dropped, etc. 

Then they all disappeared in early April for Spring Break down to Moab to climb and mountain bike, and arrived back two weeks later pissed at me. 

It turns out that heavy dead lifts, short multi-modal work capacity events, and impressive push up numbers don’t transfer that well to mountain biking, rock climbing, canyoneering, or anthing else outside the gym. 

Fitness wasn’t a “sport” for the athletes I wanted to train. It was a tool to improve their outside the gym performance. 

All that matters is outside performance” – and I went quickly to work building mountain sport and event-specific programming for mountain athletes from scratch. 

Key to this process was a lot of reading outside of the usual fitness literature, and the development of our “lab rat” system, where I tested programming of sacrificial “volunteers” to see if it transferred to outside performance before applying it on my paying mountain athletes. I was my own, best “lab rat”  and suffered through the bad programming alongside the others.

My initial attempts at sport/event programming were dense with multiple exotic exercises and complicated progression techniques even I had difficulty understanding. Often while in the middle of one of these training sessions I’d stop everyone, say “this is just stupid” and change the programming on the fly. 

But my programming changed, evolved, and  worked better – outside performance improved – but it was overly sophisticated and complicated. It was “immature.” 

I needed to make much more direct and focused. I needed to identify the specific fitness demands of the sport or event, identify the exercises which trained to these fitness demands, and deploying them with simple, easy to understand and follow progression. 

I needed to significantly simply my programming. It needed to go from “sophisticated” to “simple.” 

Sophisticated design is immature. Simple program design is seasoned, focused, and most important, effective. 

Most of this is common sense. It turns out that if you want to improve an athlete’s fitness for hiking uphill under load, the best way to do this is to have him hike uphill under load. 

Wow! What a revelation! 

The next trick was to develop an exercise and progression to do this in the gym. The answer – loaded step ups – perhaps the most direct, simple, exercise there is and one we use to this day to train uphill movement under load. Loaded step ups are pure drudgery, but they work.

My work with tactical athletes started in 2008-9 when I began receiving emails from soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan who were following my programming for mountain athletes and wanted specific programming for military athletes. 

Initially I resisted, but when President Obama announced the surge in Afghanistan around 2009-10 I began receiving many messages from soldiers downrange who arrived in Afghanistan wholly unprepared for fitness demands of mountainous patrols. At their urging I build our Afghanistan Pre-Deployment Training Plan and gave it away to any NATO service member with deployment orders. This was literally thousands of soldiers and Marines including over a dozen Battalion Commanders who implemented the program with their entire battalions prior to deployment. 

The Afghanistan was super simple, focused and effective: loaded step ups for uphill movement under load, leg blasters for the eccentric leg strength needed for the downhills, rucking, sandbag getups and founders for core, and a few push ups and pull ups. 

No complicated olympic lifts or fancy equipment needed. Just simple, hard, work, which transferred to the mountains of Afghanistan. 

“Sophisticated Design is Immature” – doesn’t mean the program’s author is immature. The design itself is. 

Great program design is everything you need that transfers to outside performance, and nothing you don’t.

One of the realities of working with athletes who can, and sometimes do, get severely injured or even die doing their sport or job is the responsibility that comes with the fitness program design. If my programming doesn’t work, it can have real world, life threatening, consequences far beyond losing a game or coming in second in a sports competition.

This responsibility, and the focus on outside performance, has been liberating for me.

First, MTI programming is based not on the athlete, but the event, job, mission or sport.

There’s no special, easier, summit of the Grand Teton for out of shape, 55-year old men vacating in Jackson for a week. The summit is the same for everyone and so are the fitness demands. So my programming is the same for this athlete, as it would be for a super fit, 19-year old college freshman just coming off soccer season.

Likewise, the fitness demands, and danger, of a deployment to an urban area in Syria is the same for everyone …. and our Urban Combat Pre-Deployment Training Plan doesn’t accommodate for overweight soldiers, lingering injuries, or senior officers. Everyone has to do the same work to be prepared.

Second, I don’t need to be concerned with keeping the athlete interested or entertained. Sometimes I’ll receive complaints from athletes completing one of our event or mission-specific plans that they are sick of doing the same thing, every Monday, but just more of it. They want variety, and change, etc. My response is that it is their decision to go to selection, or complete a specific mountain event, and neither the selection cadre, nor the mountain, care about keeping them entertained – so neither do I. The work and the exercises and the progression in the plan are specifically designed for the fitness demands of the mission.

This has put off some athletes, more accustomed to “working out” than “training.” The semantics is important and there’s a reason I label our daily programming a “Training Session” and not a “Workout.” The difference? “Training” is working towards a specific fitness goal. “Working Out” is just doing some type of daily exercise for general health and fitness. At MTI we “train.”

Third, this focus on mission-direct programming has resulted in a significant reduction in the number and type of exercises I deploy in MTI programming. It’s easy in this fitness world, or any other, to get distracted by cool-looking exercises, fancy new equipment, or the latest theory,  and sometimes this still happens to me. But I’ve gotten better at “working inside the box” of the exercises and progressions that have proven to work at MTI. The result is that my programming from 2012 had a lot more exercises in it than my programming in 2022.

Finally, I’ve come to learn that convention isn’t physiology. In other words, just because it’s always been done that way, doesn’t mean the programming is the best for fitness improvement and performance.

This has proven itself most directly in our endurance programming. “Conventional” endurance programming for sporting events always begins with a long “base” building period, followed by shortening distances and increasing intensity. As well, there’s this overall concern in conventional endurance programming about recovery – and thus an avoidance of programming at moderate intensity – even though this has the best bang for the buck in fitness improvement.

Finally, even though most endurance events are distance-driven, conventional endurance programming is time related, i.e. run for 90 minutes at a specific heart-rate-determined pace – and there seems to be this assumption that magically this time-based programming will translate into completing a race distance. I’ve never been comfortable with this – a marathon isn’t a “run for 4 hour” event, it’s a run26.2 mile, event – even if it takes you 6 hours. So, MTI endurance programming is distance, not, time, based.

Perhaps no strength and conditioning coach in the US has written the breadth of fitness programs that I have – everything from SOF selections, to triathlons, to big wall rock climbing, backcountry skiing, rescue swimmer schools, fitness assessments, pure strength, bodyweight only, sandbag programming, limited equipment, ultra running, football pre-season, etc.

But even for me, the initial draft of a new program I’m working on is often overly sophisticated, and “immature.” I have to go back, and cut exercises, simplify progressions, fix schedules, and otherwise make it more simple and direct.

More often than I like to admit, I’ll review some of my programming and still say to myself, “this is just stupid” and get to work fixing it.

I’m still learning.



Arete 6.23.22


Ukrainian troops are deserting battle and Russian troops have ‘troubled’ morale as the war is expected to last years, NATO chief says, Business Insider
The modern cannons that may make the difference in Ukraine, Economist
Lawmakers push Army to create separate fitness standard for combat specialties, Army Times
As the Army pushes holistic health, an officer examines the history of soldier fitness, Army Times
Russian TV shows videos of 2 US vets captured in Ukraine, Army Times
Surface warfare officers cautiously optimistic about changes since Fitz and McCain disasters, Defense News
Is there such a thing as female HUMINT? New research highlights understudied topic,
Armed drones could be a game changer for Ukraine. But there’s a catch., Morning Defense
Moscow blasted for sending Ukrainians to firing squad, Morning Defense
Meet the legendary ‘father of Special Forces’ who helped establish the Green Berets, Task & Purpose
Russia keeps having close calls with American forces in Syria, Task & Purpose
Credit agencies are screwing US troops and putting their security clearances at risk, Task & Purpose
The Navy is firing a lot of officers and saying almost nothing about it, Task & Purpose
Why Ukraine’s wins against Russian aircraft should worry the US Air Force, Task & Purpose
‘I have fucking had it’ — Airman goes public with allegations of assault and criminal justice failure, Task & Purpose
Strange Debacle: Misadventures in Assessing Russian Military Power, War on the Rocks
Revealing the Impact of Non-Lethal Weapons, RAND
On the Irrelevance of Ranking Militaries, Small Wars Journal

National Security / Foreign Policy

UK Braces for Travel Chaos From Biggest Rail Strike in Decades, Bloomberg
Germany turns to coal as Russia cuts gas supplies, Al Jazerra
Congress wants to double rare earth mineral fund to free defense supply chain from China, Defense News
What it looks like when competing with China comes last, Defense News
New bill would establish AUKUS submarine training program, Defense News
Ukraine Will Survive and the US is Preparing to Arm it for Years, Says Pentagon’s Hicks, Defense One
‘Obsolete’ NATO Force Presence in Baltics Needs Upgrade, Estonian Defense Leader Says, Defense One
Washington Worries China Is Winning Over Thailand, Foreign Policy
Germany’s New Resolve on Russia Is Already Flagging, Hudson Institute
Zelensky considers delivering Ukraine’s sovereignty to Poland, Pravda Report
Biden’s USA gets accustomed to violence before falling into chaos of civil war, Pravda Report
Who Can We Trust To Act for the Good of America Anymore?, Real Clear Policy
The Complex Nationalism of China’s Gen-Z, The Diplomat
It’s no time to show weakness to the Kremlin, VoxEurope
China makes private warnings to the United States, instructs to avoid Taiwan Strait, War is Boring
Who Is Deterring Whom? The Place of Nuclear Weapons in Modern War, War on the Rocks
The Army Risks Reasoning Backwards in Analyzing Ukraine, War on the Rocks
America Ignores Africa at Its Own Peril, War on the Rocks

First Responder / Homeland Security / Wildland Fire

Police Militarization Gave Us Uvalde, Atlantic
We Have Met the Enemy and They are Us, War on the Rocks
The Gamification of Violent Extremism | Is LaMDA Sentient? | How Did Guns Get So Powerful?, and more, Homeland Security Newswire
What Can the ATF Do About Converted Machine Guns?, Homeland Security Newswire
FDNY Fire Boat Crash Kills Visiting Belgian Firefighter, Firefighter Nation
Fire Destroys 10 Buildings in Downtown Las Vegas, Firefighter Nation
CAL FIRE Chief Tells it Straight: ‘Can’t Advise Anyone to Stay’, Firefighter Nation
Philadelphia building collapse kills veteran firefighter, injures 5, FireRescue1
Buffalo Police Commissioner slams parolees with guns following ‘point-blank’ shots at two cops, Police1
Colleagues mourn NYPD cop who was fatally stabbed by her husband, Police1
Confidence in New Orleans PD plummets as crime fears swell, survey shows, Police1
Left Fork Fire in Utah takes off again after being dormant for a month, WildfireToday
Contract videographer captures a slice of hotshot crew life on a fire, WildfireToday
CBS probes recruiting and retention problems in the US Forest Service, WildfireToday
Survey of more than 700 wildland firefighters identifies 10 strategies for improving working conditions, WildfireToday
LA Times writes about trauma, low pay, and morale among Forest Service firefighters, Wildfire Today

Mountain / Outside

Light and Fast or Fun and Functional? The Eternal Decision, BC Ski Touring Blog
Researchers Dig into GPS Data and User Surveys to Learn more about Backcountry Decision Making, BC Ski Touring Blog
The BLM Made the Largest Public Lands Purchase in Wyoming History, Unlocking Previously Inaccessible Acres, Outside
Inside the Rafting Industry’s Minimum-Wage Battle, Outside
Fast times on Slovak Direct: Two teams blitz one of Denali’s hardest routes in a day, Outside
Episode 6 of Giulia Tanno’s ‘The Journey’ takes us through the battle tested life of one of freestyle skiings best, FreeSkier
The 20 Most Influential People in the Outdoor Industry, Outside
This Is the Right Amount to Spend on a Mountain-Bike Helmet, Outside
Why the Humble Hardtail Is My Preferred Mountain Bike, Outside
Watch Georgian first ascents on Saraghrar and Languta-e-Barfi in Hindu Kush, Planet Mountain
Mark Thomas, Mike Turner are Thunderstruck on Kichatna Spire in Alaska, Planet Mountain
Cow Skull Hill, Patagonia
These Competitive Cyclists Tried to Do an Elite Road Race on Budget Bikes, Men’s Health
Watch This Guy Smash the World Record for Doing the Most Pushups in One Hour, Men’s Health
A Physique Coach Explains the ‘Absolute Best’ Cardio for Fat Loss, Men’s Health
2022 Celtman Extreme Triathlon Images,
Matt Hanson, Skye Moench Take IM North American Championships,
2022 Rifle of the Year: Savage Impulse, NRA

Health / Fitness / Nutrition

Work, the wasted years, Economist
Do not bring your whole self to work, Economist
Swap that tanning oil for sunscreen — tanning isn’t cool anymore, according to beauty influencers, Business Insider
Is trading on America’s stockmarket fair?, Economist
Doctors stunned as new cancer drug, dostarlimab delivers 100% success rate on its clinical trial, Popular Mechanics
In Praise of Old-Fashioned Dads, Real Clear Politics
This is going to hurt: how to have awkward conversations, The Guardian
The Rifle That Ruined America, The Atlantic
Long COVID Could Be a ‘Mass Deterioration Event’, The Atlantic
The best rucking backpacks worth carrying, according to an Army SERE instructor, Task & Purpose
The 11 Mental Skills That Make an Athlete Elite, Outside
Why You Should Jog the Recovery in Interval Workouts, Outside
Nike’s AlphaFly Next% Just Got Redesigned, Outside
Supersets Explained: A Technique for Better Results and Less Fatigue, Breaking Muscle
Strongman Rauno Heinla Deadlifts 420 Kilograms (926 Pounds) for 4 Reps in Preparation for 2022 World Deadlift Championships, Breaking Muscle
30-year study links childhood obesity and fitness to midlife cognition, Science Daily
Up to 80% of athletes who die suddenly had no symptoms or family history of heart disease, Science Daily
Are highly processed foods bad for children?, Science Daily
People in Their 40s Tend to Sleep the Least: These Tips Can Help, Healthline
Relationship Between Strength and Conditioning Assessments and Rowing Performance in Female Collegiate Athletes, JSCR
Sex Differences May Exist for Performance Fatigue but Not Recovery After Single-Joint Upper-Body and Lower-Body Resistance Exercise, JSCR
Accentuated Eccentric Loading and Cluster Set Configurations in the Bench Press, JSCR
Cut Back on Caffeine With This 4-Step Challenge, Men’s Health
13 Best Creatine Supplements for Men in 2022, Men’s Journal
Best Foot Exercises to Ease Pain and Boost Performance, Men’s Journal
Think All Viruses Get Milder With Time? Not This Rabbit-Killer., NY Times
Are Mental Disorders Diseases?, Psychology Today
Olive Oil and Fat Loss: The Science, T-Nation
Lose 4 Pounds of Belly Fat With No Diet Change, T-Nation
The 5 Best Exercises in History, T-Nation
Can Athletes Drink Alcohol and Maintain an Effective Training Plan?, Training Peaks
Understanding How Athlete Burnout Happens and How to Prevent It, Training Peaks
The Science of High Performance at High Altitude, Triathlete
Does Low-Carb Equal Low Testosterone in Men?, Triathlete
Sitting Again Linked to Disease, Death, But Exercise May Help, WebMD
Gone in an Instant: The Tragedy of Child Drownings, WebMD


Granholm Sees ‘Tough Summer’ for US Drivers as Fuel Demand Rises, Bloomberg
Antony Starr’s Homelander Needs An Emmy For ‘The Boys’, Forbes
How To Name Your Kids, Huckberry
Market Extra: ‘The economy is going to collapse,’ says Wall Street veteran Novogratz. ‘We are going to go into a really fast recession.’, Marketwatch
The source of the Black Death in fourteenth-century central Eurasia, Nature
Leaked Amazon memo warns the company is running out of people to hire, Vox
Jon Snow Is Back With His Own Game of Thrones Sequel Series, Men’s Health
Abortions Increase in the U.S., Reversing a 30-Year Decline, Report Finds, NY Times
What Parents Don’t Need To Hear After a School Shooting, Psychology Today

Arete 6.16.22


General disorder: Another four-star tries to cash in, Morning Defense
Putin’s Jedi mind trick in Ukraine, Strategy Bridge
Aviation Mistakes Piling up for the US Military, Defense One
Behind Enemy Lines, Scouts Help Ukrainians Execute Deadly Strikes, NY Times
Swedish, US troops drill on remilitarized Baltic Sea island, Army Times
US service member is possible suspect in Syria base blast, Army Times
Military couple profited from stolen weapons parts, optics and other gear, indictment says, Army Times
Norway ends contract for NH90 helicopters, wants full refund, Defense News
Spear unveils submarine-launched Ninox 103 drone, Defense News
The Russian invasion has clear implications for the US Army, Defense News
Defense Business Brief: Major weapon projects face delays; Trump Air Force One paint job ditched; Hints about next-gen fighter builder; and more., Defense One
Will Top Gun Sequel Attract Recruits?, Hudson Inst.
Brookings places retired Marine general on leave amid FBI probe, Marine Corps Times
Marines closing down Kuwait gear stockpile to focus on Pacific, Marine Corps Times
US intelligence: Ukrainian Armed Forces in catastrophic situation, Pravda Report
Three foreign mercenaries may plead pardon to avoid execution in DPR, Pravda Report
Kurdish Nationalism, Statehood, and its Gender Integrated Military, Small Wars Journal
How the Robot Sophia Raises Ethical Questions for AI-Enabled Warfare, Small Wars Journal
Why ‘Mad Max’-style technicals have become a staple of Ukraine’s fight against Russia, Task & Purpose
Three Navy commanders relieved of duty in the past week, Task & Purpose
Hollywood has spent $16 million training Chris Pratt for war, Task & Purpose
Navy helicopter crash marks the 5th military aviation mishap in less than 2 weeks, Task & Purpose
Army officer accused of multiple affairs and faking deployments recommended for separation, Task & Purpose
Source Outdoor Group Named Agency of Record for Edward Byers Master Chief Ret.,
The US Army’s New Paratrooper Unit Will Challenge Russia in Polar Warfare, Popular Mechanics

National Security / Foreign Policy

Japan Resets on Defense, Real Clear Defense
India police crack down on protests against Prophet remarks, Al Jazerra
Should New Zealand Join in a Five Eyes Defense Industrial Base?, AEI
US is building ‘exclusive’ club to confront, contain China, Defense News
Cambodia hits back at Chinese base claims, Defense News
Inside the Universities Incubating the Foreign-Policy Elite, Foreign Policy
What Is Biden’s Policy in the Persian Gulf?, Foreign Policy
Sweden and Finland Will Help NATO Counter Russia in the Arctic, Hudson
The Paradoxes of Jihadism in Nigeria, Hudson Inst.
Renewing America’s Supply Chain Independence, Hudson, Inst.
‘Gray time’: Finland’s FM worries about slow NATO process, Morning Defense
Dmitry Medvedev goes on emotional rampage about the West, Pravda Report
Cambodia Has Little to Gain From Hosting a Chinese Military Presence, The Diplomat
All quiet on the Bessarabian front, VoxEurope
Russia claims ‘97% control’ of eastern Ukrainian province amid fierce battles, War is Boring
Western Leaders Ought to Take Escalation Over Ukraine Seriously, War on the Rocks
80 years after an unprecedented attack, Australia is having run-ins with another rival close to home, Business Insider
Sanctions On Russian Oil And Gas Didn’t Work, And Now We Know Why., Forbes
China Intercepts Aussie Jet in the ‘Most Dangerous and Aggressive’ Stunt in Over a Decade, Popular Mechanics

First Responder / Homeland Security / Wildland Fire

Senators reach gun safety deal, Axios
Most members of white supremacist group arrested in Idaho live out of state, Axios
The Erosion of Border Control and Its Threat to National Sovereignty, Hudson Inst..
Extremist Planning Bioweapons Attacks to Start a Racial War in South Africa Convicted, Homeland Security Newswire
Policy Reversal: Denver (CO) Firefighters Being Cleared to Start IVs, FireFighter Nation
Hauppauge (NY) Firefighter, Former Chief, Dies in Water Rescue Drill, FireFighter Nation
Firefighters Rescue Worker in Leawood (KS) Trench Collapse , FireFighter Nation
Police, Firefighters Die by Suicide More Often Than in Line of Duty. Why Rates Remain High. FireFighter Nation
Ala. police kill ‘potential intruder’ who tried to grab SRO’s gun outside elementary school, Police1
New Ariz. law prevents HOAs from banning thin blue line flagsPolice1
Two Jersey Shore towns go to court to block pop-up parties, Police1
Deputy killed responding to domestic call; suspect arrested after manhunt, Police1
Fla. wildlife officer killed by wrong-way driver, police say, Police1
Cleveland cops must walk their beat each shift for an hour, mayor says, Police1
Why are we still using the Haines Index?, Wildfire Today
Senators ask Forest Service Chief about firefighter pay, fuels treatment, and firefighting aircraft, Wildfire Today
Report that Forest Service firefighting positions in California are just 65% to 70% filled, Wildfire Today
Chesa Boudin’s Recall Is Great for San Francisco— And All Crime-Plagued Cities, Like NYC, Manhattan Institute
To Fight Crime, Get Tough on Booze, Manhattan Institute
How San Francisco Became a Failed City, The Atlantic
Is This the End of the George Floyd Moment?, The Atlantic

Mountain / Outside

Room to Grow in the Sawtooths, Backcountry Ski Touring Blog
Outdoor Retailer Promises Some Great Gear for 2023. This is What We’re Most Excited About., Outside
The Best Sleeping Bags and Pads of 2022, Outside
U.S. Sales Likely as Next-Gen VW Amarok Pickup Debuts Next Month, Gearjunkie
Annual ‘Utah’s Treasure Hunt’ Reveals First Clue to $20K Purse, GearJunkie
‘True Aloneness,’ Tour Divide Updates Rules, Forbids Personal Media, GearJunkie
A Reluctant Free Soloist Is Rescued on Her Lucky Day, Outside
E-Bikes on Shaky Ground in National Parks Pending Environmental Review, GearJunkie
The nCamp Wood Burning Camping Stove is a Backpacker’s Best Friend, WERD
Interior Department to Phase Out Single-Use Plastic on Federal Lands by 2032, Outside
Mount Everest Is More Accessible than Ever. Is That a Good Thing?, Outside
The Eerie Beauty of Nordic Skating, Adventure Journal
Melt Outs, Alpinist
Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad – 6/9/22, AAI
An afternoon spin in the summer sun through the Unbound hills of Mammoth – Alex Hall and Owen Dahlberg, Freeskier
Natalia Grossman wins Brixen Boulder World Cup 2022, Planetmountain
Adrian Ballinger Makes First Ski Descent of Makalu, Adventure Blog
Kami Rita Sherpa Nabs Record 26th Summit of Everest, Adventure Blog
Return from That Other Place, Return from that Other Place
Documentary Film Finds Awe in “The Sanctity of Space”, The Manual
Adventure and Business with David Sacher, REI
 Flies Every Angler Should Learn, Meateater
Giant Cubera Snapper Could Break Spearfishing World Record, Meateater
Authorities Dispatch Moose After it Injures Pregnant Hiker, Meateater
The Fascinating Origins of Catch and Release Fishing, Wide Open Spaces
Google places an engineer on leave after claiming its AI is sentient, Engadget
Air starts to seep out of the bubbly Canadian property market, Economist

Health / Fitness / Nutrition

Apple Watch Adds Native Running Power & Triathlon Support: All New watchOS 9 Features Detailed, DC Rainmaker
Apple Now Makes the Best Running Watch, Gear Latest
Rhianon Lovelace Exceeds Axle Deadlift World Record With 240-Kilogram (528-Pound) Pull, Breaking Muscle
How to Do the Dumbbell Bench Press for a Bigger, Stronger Chest, Breaking Muscle
Your Watch Doesn’t Know How Much Recovery You Need, Outside
I’m nearly 60. Here’s what I’ve learned about growing old | Tim Dowling, Guardian
The Optimal Time of Day for Exercise Might be Different for Men and Women, Healthline
Does Varying Resistance Exercises Promote Superior Muscle Hypertrophy and Strength Gains? A Systematic Review, JSCR
20 Ways to Burn 1,000 Calories and Not Even Realize It, Men’s Journal
Report Reveals Sharp Rise in Transgender Young People in the U.S., NYT
Who Spends the Most Time Alone?, Psychology Today
Deadlift Form: The Dirty Secret No One Tells You, T-Nation
10 Best Exercises for Real Functional Fitness, T-Nation
I Quit Drinking and It Was a Gift to My Mind, Body, and Soul, Tiny Buddha
The Surprising Lesson I Learned About Why People Leave Us, Tiny Buddha
How to Crew Ultra Runners: A Complete Guide for Crew Members, Training Peaks
Learn to Make These Top 3 Easy Survival Breads, OutdoorHub
Learning to drum can help children with behavioural problems, Economist
Real age versus biological age: the startups revealing how old we really are, Guardian


Why Do the Kids of Immigrants Move up the Economic Ladder?, AEI
Get Ready for $150 a Barrel Oil Soon, Foreign Policy
Mike Pence Is an American Hero, The Atlantic
Gun Barons: The Weapons That Transformed America and the Men Who Invented Them, Werd
Intense Footage Shows Two Bears Falling Off A Cliff In Wild Fight (Video), Unofficial Network
Everything We Know About the Peaky Blinders Movie, Men’s Health
House Cat Uses Up Multiple Lives Escaping Urban Coyote on Texas Porch, Wide Open Spaces
How supply-chain turmoil is remaking the car industry, Economist
Meta, Google, and Twitter are set to face huge fines if they don’t tackle deepfakes and fake accounts on their platforms, Business Insider
Adobe Photoshop On the Web Will be Free to Everyone, Gizmodo
Senator Presses Amazon to Disclose Just How Creepy Ring Cameras Can Be, Gizmodo
Conventional Wisdom Proven 100 Percent Wrong: Yellow Cars Depreciate the Least, Jalopnik
Here’s Your First Look at the Supercharged V8-Powered Ford F-150 Raptor R, Jalopnik
Can Rising Mortgage Rates Bring Housing Correction?, InvestorPlace
John Oliver exposes how Google and Amazon stifle competition, The Verge

Mini Study: Bodyweight Strength Training Maintains, or Improves, 1RM Max Effort Strength

Study subjects in this mini study saw a 15% improvement in 1RM weighted pull up strength after doing 3 weeks of bodyweight-only pulling movements.

By Rob Shaul



Bodyweight-only strength training maintained lower body max effort strength, upper body max effort pressing strength, and increased upper body max effort pulling strength.


This 3.5-week Mini-Study investigated the transfer of bodyweight only strength training, to 1RM Max Effort Strength.

Five remote, veteran MTI lab rats completed the 3.5 Week study which began with a four event, 1RM max effort strength assessment:

  • 1RM Front Squat
  • 1RM Bench Press
  • 1RM Hinge Lift
  • 1RM Weighted Pull Up

After the assessment, over the next three weeks, the lab rats completed a bodyweight-only strength training plan. No loading was used but no loading. Below are the bodyweight exercises used in the training plan:

Upper Body

  • Push Ups
  • Pull Ups
  • Clapping Push Ups
  • Chin Ups
  • Hand Release Push Ups
  • Mixed-Grip Pull Ups
  • Parallel Bar Dips or Bench Dips
  • Horizontal Pull Ups


  • Sit Ups
  • EOs
  • Toes to Sky
  • Ankles to Bar

Lower Body

  • Bodyweigth Squats
  • Jumping Lunges
  • Box Jumps
  • In-Place Lunges

The training plan deployed a simple, time-based programming and progression three days/week. For each bodyweight exercise, the plan began with:

6 Rounds

  • 30 second max effort reps
  • 60 second rest

…. and over the course of the 3 weeks progressed to ….

6 Rounds

  • 45 second max effort reps
  • 60 second rest

Below was the weekly schedule:

  • Mon: Time-based bodyweight strength
  • Tue: Run, hike or bike, 45 minutes, moderate pace
  • Wed: Time-based bodyweight strength
  • Thur: Run, hike or bike, 45 minutes, moderate pace
  • Fri: Time-based bodyweight strength
  • Sat: Rest or outdoor recreation
  • Sun: Rest or outdoor recreation


Below are the mini-study results:

While the lab rats did show some minor strength improvement for the Front Squat and Hinge Lift, the improvement was minimal. What was surprising was the improvement in 1RM weighted pull ups strength – and overall average of 15% improvement.

Overall however, 1RM Strength across 4 assessed exercises did not decrease – which at a minimum gives some indication that time-based, bodyweight strength training can maintain 1RM max effort strength for a 3-4 week period, minimum.

Many athletes have circumstances come up which forces them to travel, go on a field exercise, school or some other event which will prevent them from free weight strength training, and often express concerns about the loss of strength during this period. This mini-study seems to indicate that time-based bodyweight strength training will allow them to at least maintain that 1RM max effort strength.

As with all studies, there are some concerns with this study design. The small subject pool of 5 athletes, all of which are fit, experienced athletes, could have skewed the results which may not be repeatable with less experienced subjects.



In designing this mini study I struggled somewhat on how to program the bodyweight strength training. My inclination was to do an assessment and deploy our proven assessment-based bodyweight strength progression, but because of the short duration of this mini study, I didn’t want to waste a training day on another assessment – and so developed and deployed this time-based progression.

My sense is this time-based progression needs study and refinement to determine the optimum work intervals, rest intervals, and best progression.


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Arete 6.9.22


Soldiers in Hawaii accused of blow-darting cats, Army Times
Time is now to reconsider autonomous weapons rules, Horowitz says, Army Times
The first 100 days of war in Ukraine could be just the beginning, Axios
Putin warns of hitting ‘new targets’ if Kyiv gets new missiles, Al Jazeerra
Weapons to Ukraine: Which countries sent what?, Al Jazeera
Ukraine slams Macron’s remarks not to ‘humiliate’ Russia, Al Jazeera
Russia vs Ukraine: The fog of propaganda and disinformation, Al Jazeera
Troops leave scathing Yelp reviews for military dining facilities, Army Times
Special operations forces need AI that can explain its decisions, says military data chief,Defense News
Palantir’s Karp is first western CEO to visit Zelenskyy amid invasion, Defense News
Three More Nations Join Ukraine Planning Cell Run By Army Special Forces, Defense One
What the West Has Given Is Not Enough to Win, Ukraine Says, Defense One
U.S. reinserts troops in Somalia after long-awaited elections are completed, Long War Journal
Biggest military pay raise in 20 years may be boosted even more because of inflation worries, Military Times
Navy relieves Naval Justice School leadership, Navy Times
President Putin sacks five generals and one police colonel, Pravda Report
Medvedev: Moscow will destroy Kyiv should Ukraine use US MLRS against Russia, Pravda Report
Russian Nartional Guard officer killed in battle with British mercenary, Pravda Report
Navy F-18 pilot, special operator killed in separate incidents in California [Updated],Task & Purpose
How Russia’s war with Ukraine has changed the face of military reconnaissance, Task & Purpose
The World Has Not Learnt the Lessons of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, The Diplomat
Taiwan reports largest air incursion by China’s air force, scrambles jets to warn off 30 aircraft, War is Boring
Not Built for Purpose: The Russian Military’s Ill-Fated Force Design, War on the Rocks
Who Is to Blame for the Collapse of Afghanistan’s Security Forces?, War on the Rocks
Your Tactical Update on Ukraine, Sandboxx News
Ukraine claims to have destroyed nearly an entire Russian army in Izyum, Business Insider

National Security / Foreign Policy

‘Evil and wicked’: Dozens killed in Nigeria church attack, Al Jazerra
Japan’s converted aircraft carrier to undertake Indo-Pacific deployment, Defense News
Australia says a Chinese fighter jet intercepted its plane in May, Al Jazerra
Boeing wins bid for Germany’s multibillion-dollar helo program, Defense News
Major Baltic Sea exercise kicks off as Swedish, Finnish NATO bids wait on Turkey, Defense News
China’s Rising Ambitions in the South Pacific, Foreign Policy
Finnish President: Putin Took NATO Application News ‘Very, Very Calmly’, Foreign Policy
Pakistan Reaps What It Sowed, Hudson Inst.
Chinese Su-35s fly into Taiwan’s ADIZ for first time on record, Janes
Poland requests more air-defence and artillery systems from US, Janes
Putin’s ‘Russification’ of Ukraine, Morning Defense
The U.S. is bombing al-Shabaab in Somalia, again Task & Purpose
The Secrets of China’s Economic Statecraft in Africa, The Diplomat
The Return of ‘Don’t Poke the Bear’, RAND
Ukraine’s Best Chance for Peace, RAND
France Is Talking to UAE About Replacing Russian Oil, Diesel, Bloomberg
The Putin Show, Economist

First Responder / Homeland Security / Wildland Fire

At least 54 injured, 11 killed in 7 separate mass shootings this weekend, Axios
The Case for a Federal Red Flag Law, The Spectator
N.C. FIREFIGHTER, 32, LODD-In Quarters, 3 FDNY LODD, Firefighter Close Calls
Kirkwood (MO) Firefighters Rescue Seven Stuck on Carnival Ride, Firefighter Nation
New videos show man throwing Molotov cocktails at cops outside station, Police 1
Wash. state LE say more drivers are fleeing cops amid new laws, Police 1
SHOTBud Timer App Review: A Solid Backup to a Shot Timer, Tactical Gun Life
These States Have the Highest Rates of Gun Violence and Deaths, Healthline
After Marijuana Legalization Did Opioid Overdoses Go Up, Stay the Same, or Go Down?,
Fixing Drinking Problems: Evidence and Strategies for Alcohol Control as Crime Control, Manhattan Inst.
The Uvalde Police Chose Dishonor, The Atlantic
A study gave cash and therapy to men at risk of criminal behavior. 10 years later, the results are in.,Vox

Mountain / Outside

The Best Campers and Trailers of 2022, Outside
When Do I Need New Trail-Running Shoes? Outside
‘Valley of Giants’ Anthologizes Legendary Female Climbers of Yosemite, Gear Junkie
Jonathan Siegrist Climbs ‘Event Horizon’ 5.15b, Seemingly Getting Stronger With Age, Gear Junkie
Guides Play a ‘Poker Game’ Against British Columbia Gov’t Over Grizzly Hunting Ban, GearJunkie
Lightweight Boot Review: Ariat’s Iconic Performance Footwear Evolution, GearJunkie
A Shoulder Season Ski Traverse: Three People, Three Sleep Systems, BC Ski Touring Blog
Knowing When to Turn Back, Adventure Journal
The BLM Wants to Unlock Access to Public Lands Surrounded by Private Land, Adventure Journal
VW Bought Rights to ‘Scout’ Name, Is Reviving Brand With Electric Off-Roader, Adventure Journal
A Look at the Past, Present, and Future of Outdoor Industry Tradeshows, Outside Business
Sea to Summit Acquired by Australian Private Equity Firm, Outside Business
Tips and Tricks for Visiting a National Park Without a Reservation, Outside
Watch Climbing With a Legend / Jerry Moffatt on Training and Climbing Performance, Planet Mountain
Did Chinese Climbers Find Mallory and Irvine’s Camera on Everest?, Adventure Blog
The Half Lake, Patagonia
Destination De Hoop: Whale Watching on the Southern Tip of South Africa, Outdoor Journal
This 73-Year-Old Biker Gives Us All Hope, Unofficial Networks
Should You Really Train For Rock Climbing, Or Just Go Climb? – Climbing, Climbing Mag
Fire, Gray’s Sporting Journal
Traditional Triumph or Trad Triumph, Western Hunter

Health / Fitness / Nutrition

Road Cycling Is Ripe for Reinvention, Outside
Check out Derek Lunsford’s ‘Full Day of Eating’ Ahead of the 2022 Mr. Olympia, Breaking Muscle
Antibiotics wreak havoc on athletic performance, Science Daily
How to make big decisions more easily, The Guardian
Drinking Coffee (Even with Sugar) May Increase Your Lifespan, Heathline
Why Teams Sports May Be Better for Your Child’s Mental Health Than an Individual Sport, Heathline
Greater Fitness Is Associated With Improved Functional Movement Characteristics in Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians, JSCR
Predicting Changes in Maximal Oxygen Uptake in Response to Polarized Training (Sprint Interval Training, High-Intensity Interval Training, and Endurance Training) in Mountain Bike Cyclists, JSCR
Muscle Cramping in the Marathon: Dehydration and Electrolyte Depletion vs. Muscle Damage, JSCR
This Low-Impact Back Flow Will Help You Loosen Up, Men’s Health
Small Study on Rectal Cancer Results in Remission in Every Patient, NY Times
21 Americans Infected With Monkeypox, C.D.C. Reports, NY Times
Coffee consumption link to reduced risk of acute kidney injury, study finds, Science Daily
The 3 Worst Conditioning Workouts, T-Nation
The 10,000 Swing Kettlebell Workout, T-Nation
Carnivore Diet: Benefits and Possible Drawbacks, T-Nation
Does Coffee Help You Live Longer? It’s Complicated, Gizmodo
Fatherless sons have more testosterone, Economist


Reality clobbers Elon Musk, Axios
Drugs, danger, and discrimination: Portland’s strippers describe precarious workplaces despite organizing for better conditions, Business Insider
Jobs boom loses heat, Axios
Amazon Watches Its Workers and Waits for Them to Fail, Gear Latest
What the data says about abortion in the U.S., Pew Research Center
Why the oil price is spiking again, Economist
What America’s next recession will look like, Economist
Even China’s official economic figures look bleak, The Economist
How EVs Are Better For The Environment, By the Numbers, Jalopnik
Ford CEO Wants to Abolish the Dealership Experience as We Know It, Jalopnik
China Is 3D Printing a Massive 180-Metre-Tall Dam … And Constructing It With Without Humans, Popular Mechanics
Mathematicians Transcend a Geometric Theory of Motion, Wired
Your Tim Hortons Coffee App Knew Where You Were at All Times, Wired
Smaller Reactors May Still Have a Big Nuclear Waste Problem, Wired

MTI’s 4-Week Meal Plan


Sweet Potato Hash and low fat cottage cheese …. Breakfast!

By Rob Shaul

After several request I’ve decided to share a sample 4-week meal plan largely based on MTI’s Nutritional Guidelines.

A couple caveats here …

First – I’m a dumb strength coach, which means I’m no foodie and I’m no cook. If you follow this meal plan lower your expectations significantly in terms of exotic flavors and a whole lot of variety!

Second – I’ve been hesitant to publish any meal plan because I don’t think eating clean is complicated. It’s just hard. However … I’ve been harassed by enough athletes about publishing a meal plan I’ve finally given in.

This plan was used last winter by the lab rats who completed our Intermittent Fasting Mini-Study. We had two groups of lab rats – both of which followed the same fitness program and this meal plan – but one group Intermittent Fasted. The study results found no difference in fat loss between the two groups – so I don’t endorse intermittent fasting. But it’s up to you – just expect to be really hungry around 10 am every morning!

Plan is below. Email any questions to  If you complete all 4 weeks – send in feedback and let me know how it went!



Arete 6.2.22


How — and why — the 11th Airborne Division is being resurrected in Alaska, Army Times
Space race for an identity: Why the Space Force needs beards, Army Times
The quiet artistry of bringing the dead home from war, Army Times
With food crisis looming, Milley says using military to end Russian blockade would be ‘high risk’, Defense News
Another Killer Dressed Up Like a Special Operator, Defense News
Has Ukraine Broken the Russian Military?, Defense news
Japanese anti-submarine frigate collides with minesweeper off Yokosuka, Janes
Ukraine conflict: Czech Republic donates attack helicopters to Kyiv, Janes
IRGC Colonel Assassinated in Tehran, Mossad Suspected of Being Behind Hit, Long War Journal
Several Westerners kidnapped across the Sahel in recent months, Long War Journal
Panel unveils nine Army base name recommendations, Military Times
Another War Won’t Save Us, The Nation
The Untold Story of the Battle for Kyiv, Small Wars Journal
The Navy might have a garage sale for the Littoral Combat Ships they just built but don’t want, Task & Purpose
How Ukraine is using artillery to stop Russian forces in their tracks, Task & Purpose
An Army vet bodybuilder scammed the VA out of $245,000 while claiming he couldn’t even lift, bro, Task & Purpose
Air Force Academy grads may have to repay up to $200,000 in tuition after refusing Covid-19 vaccine, Task & Purpose
The Army chose Sig Sauer for its next-generation rifle and not everyone is happy about it, Task & Purpose
Russia finds 152 Ukrainian bodies in the underground bunkers at Azovstal steelworks, War is Boring
Putin orders higher military pay for Russian soldiers in Ukraine and raises age to join to 50-years-old, War is Boring
Would We Do Better? Hubris and Validation in Ukraine, War on the Rocks
Are the Marines Inventing the Edsel or the Mustang?, War on the Rocks
What the Experts Got Wrong (and Right) About Russian Military Power, War on the Rocks
Bullets Flyin’, Soldiers Lyin’, Real Clear Defense
The Constitutional Case Against Defending Taiwan, Real Clear Defense
12 Badass Women Who Could Get US Military Bases Named After Them, Sandboxx News

National Security / Foreign Policy

Israel signs first Arab free trade agreement with UAE, Al Jazerra
‘Catastrophic hunger’: Charity urges truce extension in Yemen, Al Jazerra
The US is heading for a civil war, Al Jazerra
Commerce and Treasury Make China Legislation Harder, AEI
Poland eyes 500 American rocket launchers to boost its artillery forces, Defense News
The Navy Made America a Superpower Once. Can It Again?, Foreign Policy
How Putin’s War Caused a Global Food Crisis, Foreign Policy
The Strategic Dilemma of the United States and Nuclear Risk in an Era of Great Power Competition, Hudson Institute
Biden Beetlejuiced the end of Taiwan strategic ambiguity, Morning Defense
Patrushev: Poland proceeds to operation to seize Western Ukraine, Pravda Report
How deeply has Western propaganda affected you?, Pravda Report
Russia may strike ‘not Kyiv’ should anyone attack Russian cities – Medvedev, Pravda Report
Two Russian mercenaries killed in Central African Republic, Pravda Report
Not So Quiet on the Southern Front, RAND
U.S. Policy Toward the Taliban: Engage, Isolate, or Oppose?, RAND
New Zealand Under Pressure as Pacific Contest Heats Up, The Diplomat
Will Finland and Sweden Joining NATO Deepen the Alliance’s Problems?, War on the Rocks
You Go to War with the Turkey You Have, Not the Turkey You Want, War on the Rocks
3 Reasons E-3’s Actually Run the US Military, Sandboxx News

First Responder / Homeland Security / Wildland Fire

Islamic State operative planned to assassinate George W. Bush with assassins smuggled across the Mexican border, War is Boring
Norway and Finland Have Levels of Gun Ownership Similar to the U.S., but Far Less Gun Crime, Homeland Security Newswire
The Gun Laws That Work, and the Gun Laws That Don’t, RAND
Race Track Fire in East Boston (MA) Goes to Six Alarms; Historic Track Damaged, Firefighter Nation
5 kayakers rescued from river by firefighters after crashing into submerged tree, FireRescue1
Cultural competency: Why outside trainers fail to capture firefighters’ attention, FireRescue1
L.A. program to avoid jail, criminal charges sees little interest, Police1
2 killed, 20 injured after car barrels into Memorial Day weekend crowd, Police1
School police chief scrutinized for delayed response to Uvalde shooting, Police1
LAPD officer dies from injuries suffered in training accident, Police1
Black Fire grows to a quarter of a million acres, Wildfire Today
DEVCOM Soldier Center Designs Protective Jumpsuit for Elite Firefighters, Soldier Systesms

Mountain / Outside

Quick Heads Up: Garmin Instinct 2 Series Beginners Guide Posted, DC Rainmaker
The 2022 Summer Gear Guide, Outside
The Best Backpacking Tents of 2022, Outside
Watch: Kyleigh Stewart Crushes in Kamloops, British Columbia, GearJunkie
Why Are So Many Climbers in Trouble on Mount Hood This Year?, Outside
Sponsors Cut Ties with Colin Strickland Following Death of Moriah Wilson, Outside
A Norwegian Climber Aims to Break Nims Purja’s 8,000er Record, Outside
A Thriller from the Death Zone, Outside
I Survived a Polar Bear Attack, Outside
Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, Adventure Journal
Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad – 5/26/22, AAI
Manageability Thoughts: Are you biting off more than you can chew in avalanche terrain?, BC Mag
Vortex’s NEW Rangefinders Review, Eastmans
​VIDEO: Teton Brown Shreds Central Couloir on May 25, TGR
In Defense of Visiting an Instagram-Famous Destination, Outside
10 of the All-Time Best Running Hacks , REI
Tom Cruise Legit BASE Jumped A Motorcycle For The New Mission Impossible, UA

Health / Fitness / Nutrition

You’re Going to Get COVID Again … & Again … & Again, The Atlantic
Tom Stoltman Wins 2022 World’s Strongest Man, Breaking Muscle
Managing In Season Fatigue, Endurance Nation
The Hidden Factor That Explains Easy Run Pace, Outside
How to Be Healthy in a Dopamine-Seeking Culture, Outside


Plastic Recycling Doesn’t Work & Never Will, The Atlantic
Did Elites Really Take Over Identity Politics?, Real Clear Policy
Why Not Polygamy?, Real Clear Policy
DeLorean Returns with its 300-mile Range Alpha5 EV, Were

Arete 5.26.22


The toughest US Army Special Forces course takes place underwater. Here’s why it has to be brutal., Business Insider
The Marines Want to Arm Their Infantry With Suicide Drones, Popular Mechanics
Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 88, Al Jazerra
SERE school commander debunks myths, wants more volunteers, Army Times
Man indicted in fentanyl overdoses of West Point cadets on spring break, Army Times
The Army is building a ‘dashboard’ to measure human performance, Army Times
Israel launches Edge of Tomorrow program to improve lethality, bring in new tech, Defense News
Biden Orders US Troops Back to Somalia, Reverses Trump Withdrawal, Defense One
The Pentagon Is Closing in on ‘Ethical’ AI Implementation, Defense One
Chinese helicopters with high-altitude capability achieve milestones, Janes
The Corps should drop manslaughter charges against MARSOC Marines, corpsman, MC Times
Commander of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 ousted due to ‘loss of confidence’, Navy Rimes
SOCOM finally found its next-generation personal defense weapon, Task & Purpose
Sailors are deserting the Navy at a ‘staggering’ rate, Task & Purpose
‘My war just kept going’ — How this Marine veteran became the voice of a generation fighting a forever war, Task & Purpose
Amateur Hour Part I: The Chinese Invasion of Taiwan, War on the Rocks
The Escalation Fixation, RAND
SOFIC 22 – Crye Precision, Soldier Systems
Are Military E-Bikes the Next Big Thing in Land Warfare?, Men’s Health

National Security / Foreign Policy

Polish PM Calls on Norway to Share Oil and Gas Profits Windfall, Bloomberg
Foreign investors are fleeing China, Economist
Erdogan Issues His Demands to NATO, AEI
A Swedish Compromise Won’t Solve NATO’s Turkey Problem, Defense One
The Window To Expel Russia From Ukraine Is Now, Foreign Policy
The Echoes of America’s Hypocrisy Abroad, Foreign Policy
What We Must Do to Help Ukraine Win, Hudson Inst.
Department of Defense continues to downplay Taliban and Al Qaeda threat in Afghanistan, Long War Journal
‘America First’ before ‘Ukraine First,’ say some in GOP, Morning Defense
Expert reveals when will begin the third phase of Russian operation in Ukraine, Pravda Report
Russian FM Lavrov says all fears about West’s plans are now confirmed, Pravda Report
Russia to build 12 military units along western borders, Pravda Report
Ukraine intercepts call from Russian soldier saying his commander shot himself to get out of the war, War is Boring

First Responder / Homeland Security / Wildland Fire

Breaking Down the 2020 Homicide Spike, Manhattan Institute
Accused Buffalo Mass Shooter Had Threatened a Shooting While in High School. Could More Have Been Done to Avert the Tragedy? Homeland Security Newswire
Turf War Brewing Between Orange County Fire Authority, County Over Medical Calls, Firefighter Nation
Off-duty Ind. volunteer FF shot, killed attempting to help motorist, FireRescue1
Video shows LAFD members punching, kicking man accused of trespassing, FireRescue1
Co-management during crisis: insights from jurisdictionally complex wildfires, International Journal of Wildland Fire
An analysis of factors influencing structure loss resulting from the 2018 Camp Fire, International Journal of Wildland Fire
Loved ones of slain police officers describe meaning of ‘thin blue line’, Police1
Mesquite Heat Fire burns more than 2 dozen homes southwest of Abilene, Texas, Wildfire Today
US Forest Service pauses all prescribed fire operations, Wildfire Today
The four active large fires in New Mexico have burned nearly half a million acres, Wildfire today

Mountain / Outside

Did the Surf Industry Kill the Future of Wetsuits? Outside
I’m an Expert Skier. I Took Lessons from an App., Outside
The Best Backpacking Packs of 2022, Outside
Outside Inc. Lays Off Scores of Workers in Major Restructure, Gearjunkie
GSI Outdoors Acquired by Pelican International Paddle Sports Co., Gearjunkie
The Island of Senja Is a Mountain Biker’s Dream, Outside
More than 100 Climbers Reach Everest Summit, Outside
Thoughts on Outside’s Layoffs, Outdoor Media, and Adventure Journal, Adventure Journal
Expedition Review: Group Dynamics, Movie-Making and Managing Risk in the Swedish Arctic, Backcountry Magazine
Army Paratrooper Killed By Bear, Tasman’s
How the Water Filter Became an Affordable, Ultralight Backcountry Tool, Outside
Aleksandra Miroslaw, Kiromal Katibin win Salt Lake City Speed opener, Planetmountain
Running Out of North, The Cleanest Line
Up To 30 Inches Of Snow Forecasted For Colorado This Weekend, Unofficial Networks
Got Yours? Gray’s Sporting Journal
This Country Just Made Catch and Release Fishing Illegal, Meateater
5 Toughest Big Game Animals to Bring Down, Wide Open Spaces

Health / Fitness / Nutrition

57% of Americans say masks should be required on airplanes and public transportation Pew Research
As telework continues for many U.S. workers, no sign of widespread ‘Zoom fatigue’, Pew Research
Sweden’s Covid Strategy Once Again Proven Correct, Real Clear Markets
5 Myths and Misconceptions About Coffee, Wired
How Often You Should Wash Your Sheets (And How to Get Them Really Clean), Wirecutter
Powerlifter Joe Sullivan Squats 230 Kilograms (507 Pounds) for 19 Reps, Continues Quest for 525 AMRAP, Breaking Muscle
Check Out Bodybuilder Chris Bumstead’s 5,000-Calorie Day of Eating Ahead of the 2022 Mr. Olympia, Breaking Muscle
Powerlifter Nicolaas Du Preez (125KG) Logs 1037.5-Kilogram (2,287.3-Pound) Total for New PR, Breaking Muscle
Everyone eats three extra cheeseburgers a day than they admit, study shows, Science Daily
Do compression garments facilitate muscle recovery after exercise?, Science Daily
Navigating Aches and Aging on the Best Trail-Running Route in the World, Outside
How Super Shoes Are Upending Running’s Sponsorship Model, Outside
Is Creatine Safe? | Healthline, Healthline
Michael Phelps: ‘My Depression and Anxiety Is Never Going to Just Disappear’, Healthline
Take Note, Men: New Male Contraceptives Are on the Way, Men’s Health
Supersets Might Not Be Superior for Gaining Mass After All, Men’s Journal
When Moral Reasoning Isn’t Just Rationalization, Psychology Today
Can Logging Off Social Media Improve Mental Health?, Psychology Today
A CDC expert answers questions on monkeypox, STAT
The Skinny Fat Solution, T-Nation
Testosterone: A Depression Treatment for Men?, T-Nation
6 Ways to Cause Knee Damage and Ruin Your Knees, WebMD


Elon Musk, Twitter and an epic case of buyer’s remorse, Economist
Why America’s clean-energy industry is stuck, Economist
More people are dying on U.S. roads, even as cars get safer. Here’s why it’s a tough problem to solve, CNBC
Better Birth Control Hasn’t Made Abortion Obsolete, 538
: Netflix lays off 150 workers as executives look to cut costs, Marketwatch
The wonder material graphene may have found its killer app, Economist
Meta freezes hiring for shopping team, Messenger Kids, and other products, The Verge
Concealed Carry Laws by State, Tactical Gun Life

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