Arete 1.20.22

Join MTI’s  “Arete Discussion Group”, Fridays  @ Noon, Mountain Time 

Arete is one of the more interesting things we do here at MTI, and it has a dedicated weekly readership.

The articles that make each week’s Arete are those within the MTI areas of interest that I find (1) Important and interesting, or (2) just interesting. Often, I purposely look for articles and essays that challenge conventional wisdom and thinking. I work hard on it every week.

I’ve received many notes over the years from Arete readers and MTI subscribers who appreciate Arete and it’s way of introducing them to thoughts, news and information that wouldn’t have come across their radar otherwise.

Taking it one step further, we’ve begun a weekly, live (Zoom), “Arete Discussion Group” at noon, mountain time, every Friday.

I’ll start the discussion with what I felt was the single most important and/or interesting articles for each category in the week’s Arete, and then open up the lines for reader’s thoughts, feedback, etc. The articles I’ve chosen are underlined and at the top of each category, below.

Interested in listening in and/or joining the discussion this week? Click below for the Zoom Meeting Invite Link and hope to see you Friday!

Thanks, – Rob Shaul



Raytheon Demonstrates Swarm Technology, Air Force Technology
U.S. Coast Guard Is Taking On Missions the US Navy Can’t Do, Real Clear Defense
CNO Blames Culture of Poor Self-Assessment for Major Navy Problems, Real Clear Defense
The U.S. Must Prepare for War Against Russia Over Ukraine, Defense One
Is the U.S. Military Actually Ready for a War?, National Review
Air Force’s botched integration of women in special ops ignites firestorm of controversy, Task & Purpose
In the Trenches of Ukraines Forever War, NY Times Magazine
Arc’teryx LEAF – SHOT Show 2022, Shot Show
Before horses, ass hybrids were bred for warfare, Science Daily
Army wife uses AirTag hack to track her movers while PCSing, Air Force Times
Woman who quit Air Force commando course questioned ‘highly suspicious’ lower standards, Air Force Times
Army readies to deliver first set of Strykers with 50-kilowatt laser weapons, Defense News
The US Must Prepare for War Against Russia Over Ukraine, Defense One
Tanzanian commandos display double-barrel rifles, Janes
He won $346m in contracts meant for vets and minorities. He was neither, Military Times
Master chief headed to trial over alleged ‘maltreatment’ of subordinates, Navy Times
U.S. Needs to Avoid a Linear Approach in a War With China, Real Clear Defense
Were Drone Strikes Effective? Evaluating the Drone Campaign in Pakistan Through Captured al-Qaeda Documents, Texas National Security Review
First Look at the Springfield Armory Hellion, Recoil
3 killed after suspected drone attack near Abu Dhabi airport that blew up fuel trucks, Business Insider

National Security / Foreign Policy

Russian submarine with 160 nukes on board surfaces off US coast, PravdaReport
Bulgaria’s Black Sea Dilemma: NATO Ally or Russian Gateway?
, Eurasia
Swedes Step Up Military Contingency Over Russian Activity, Real Clear Defense
Ukraine hit by ‘massive’ cyber-attack on government websites, The Guardian
NATO Won’t Let Ukraine Join Soon. Here’s Why., NY Times
Russia is completely disappointed in the West, Pravda Report
The U.S. Military Is a Helicopter Parent, Foreign Policy
Two Israeli soldiers killed by friendly fire after being misidentified as possible terrorists, War is Boring
‘War Is Coming’: Mysterious TikTok Videos Are Scaring Sweden’s Children, Defense One
Taliban says all Afghan girls will be back in school by March, Al Jazerra
Israeli Women Charged with Spying for Iranian Intelligence, Edge
Moscow refuses to rule out Latin America military deployments, Al Jazerra
US eyes bigger role for allied contractors, Janes
Inside Biden’s secretive weapons shipment to Ukraine, Morning Defense
America and China Are One Military Accident Away From Disaster, The Economist
U.S. Considers Backing an Insurgency if Russia Invades Ukraine, NY Times
Venezuela: Understanding Political, External, and Criminal Actors in an Authoritarian State, Small Wars Journal
Envisioning the Overthrow of China’s Xi Jinping, Homeland Security Newswire

First Responder / Homeland Security / Wildland Fire

USFS reports detail circumstances surrounding hotshot leader’s 2020 death, FireRescue1
NORTHCOM’s Investigation Into Mission Along U.S.-Mexico Border, Stars & Stripes
Leader of Oath Keepers militia group faces sedition charge over Capitol attack, The Guardian
Two Oklahoma death row inmates choose firing squad to delay execution, The Guardian
N.J. captain found dead, retired firefighter found unresponsive at firehouse, FireRescue1
Firefighters keep massive fire from reaching chlorine at NJ chemical plant, The Daily Climate
Radicalization Pipelines: How Targeted Advertising on Social Media Drives People to Extremes, Homeland Security Newswire
Setting Fires for Clicks? Baton Rouge (LA) Investigates Facebook Livestreaming of Fire, FirefighterNation
Manchester (NH) Probes Claim Firefighters Wrongly Receive “Multiple-Alarm” Pay, FirefighterNation
This Fire Apparatus has Two Engines, 56,000-Gallon Tank Capacity and a Caboose, FirefighterNation
Ex-assistant chief sentenced to prison for raping fellow firefighter, FireRescue1
Should I stay or should I go?, FireRescue1
Probe finds ‘unintentional mistakes’ in Gabby Petito police stop, Police1
PepperBall unveils new PepperBall patrol carbine, Police1
Ky. cops wouldn’t pay state income taxes under new bill Police1
Proposal for combining Type 1 and Type 2 incident management qualifications into a single level, Wildfire Today
Five common denominators on tragedy fires, Wildfire Today
Wind-driven fire ran until the gusts died, Wildfire Today
More Folks Drive High When Pot Made Legal, WebMD

Mountain / Outside

Will Washington State Hunters Reclaim Their Spring Bear Season?, Meateater
Colorado Proposes Hunting Ban on Mountain Lion, Lynx, Bobcat, GearJunkie
Norway blows up hydro dam to restore river health and fish stocks, The Guardian
Park City Ski Patrollers Ratify New Contract, Avoid Strike, Unofficial Networks
Finland, Sweden and Norway to cull wolf population, The Guardian
Strong evidence shows Sixth Mass Extinction of global biodiversity in progress, Science Daily
The Gear Our Editors Loved in December, Outside
Fight for Your Right to Climb: US Olympian Stars in ‘Home Crag’ Documentary, GearJunkie
‘Children of Patrol’: The Next Generation of Jackson Hole Ski Patrollers, GearJunkie
Decoy Board Jockeys Into Moon Board, Kilter Board Climbing Market, GearJunkie
Light and Fast: but Make it Fun, BC Ski Touring Blog
Who Killed the Ski Bum?, Outside
Mountain Lion Charges Hiker, Hiker Charges Lion, Hiker Wins, Adventure Journal
The Patagonia UltraAlpine Down Crew Asks: Why Zippers?, Adventure Journal
Polish duo endures severe cold on big wall for 11 days to complete Frozen Fight Club, Alpinist
Seven Outdoor Books to Add to Your Library, BC Magazine
Secret Stashes: Sweet Backcountry & Cross-Country Ski Spots in the Southeast, Osprey Packs
Technique for Climbing Ice Pillars, Outdoor Research
The North Face appoints first female global brand president, Outside
Merrell withdraws from Outdoor Retailer, donates funds to wildfire victims in Colorado, Outside
The Wildest POV Videos From 2021, RedBull
72 Hours: Mammoth Mountain Builds Olympic Qualifier Park In Record Time, Snowboard Mag’s Top Selling Firearms of 2021, NRA
Gear of the Year, Dialed In Hunter
Gray’s Best Angling & Hunting Gear 2022, Gray’s Hunting Journal
onX Hunt Examines New Wave of Hunters,How Hunting Has Changed During Pandemic, HL News
50 Thinks To Do Before You Die, Part 1, Huckberry

Health / Fitness / Nutrition

How Aleksandr Sorokin Ran 100 Miles at a 6:31-Mile Pace, Outside
‘Menace to public health’: 270 doctors criticize Spotify over Joe Rogan’s podcast, The Guardian
Hydrofoil surfing could be banned at some of Sydney’s most popular beaches, The Guardian
How to Burn More Calories All Day Long, T-Nation
Peloton Tread In-Depth Review, DC Rainmaker
12 Signs You Have a Fake N95, KN95, or KF94 Mask, Wirecutter
Make 2022 The Year Of Maximum Enthusiasm,
The Pros and Cons of Plant-Based Eating for Endurance Athletes, Triathlete
David Goggins Just Shared a 30-Rep Pushup Challenge That Will Test Your Limits, Men’s Health
Chewing to stay slim: How to savor your food better and dodge weight gain, Science Daily
ATC 336: In-Depth Sweet Spot Bike Training Guide for Ironman and Beyond, Going From Too High Heart Rates to MAF Focus for Master’s Athletes, and More, Endurance Planet
Scientists dive deep into the different effects of morning and evening exercise, Science Daily
Strength Training for Jiu Jitsu Competition, Juggernaught
The Bridge Sex Position Is Great for Deep Penetration. Here’s How to Do It., Men’s Health
When Dementia Strikes at an Early Age, NY Times
Easy Ways to Test and Train Your Aerobic Fitness and VO2 Max, Training Peaks
This dietitian quit drinking coffee 4 years ago. Here’s what she eats and drinks now ‘for energy and focus’, CNBC


Bitcoin’s Dominance of Crypto Payments Is Starting to Erode, Bloomberg
America’s labor shortage is bigger than the pandemic, Axios
The debate over ‘low-skill’ versus ‘low-wage’ workers, American Enterprise Institute
Why are all these people showering in their Arcteryx Jackets?, Wall Street Journal
The race to dominate the DeFi ecosystem is on, The Economist
Apple faces class action lawsuit over Powerbeats Pro charging issues, Engadget
Tesla reportedly delays Cybertruck production to 2023, Endgadget
The Point, a new Utah community, will be a 15-minute city, The Daily Climate
When Teddy Roosevelt Had Churchill to Dinner, Real Clear Policy
Sinema’s Courage & the Democrats’ Politics of Rage, Real Clear Politics
Boeing’s new $442.2 million flagship plane is drawing interest from across the aviation industry. But delays are preventing it from realizing its potential. Economist
A $150 Reminder That LED Headlight Bulbs Don’t Work, Outside
Do tips make for better service?, Economist
Astronomers discover exoplanet shaped like a rugby ball, Popular Mechanics
Predicting earthquakes is not possible. Yet, The Economist
The Antitrust Case Against Facebook Draws Blood, Wired


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