Olive Drab Journal ArticlesThe promotion of MILSIM across the spectrum of simulation platforms – paintball, airsoft, and blank-fire systems.Copyright 2005 - 2009 Taccomp.com. All rights reserved.Vocal Commandsby Christopher E. LarsenNoise and light discipline are essential to remaining elusive. Yet some of the most successful teams employ a great deal of noise and yelling to seemingly fantastic results. So which is it? Should noise and light discipline be enforced, or should these considerations be scrapped for running amuck while yelling back and forth? /articles/regular_articles/2007/October/1/oct1.aspx10/1/2007 12:00:00 AMHand and Arm Signalsby Christopher E. LarsenHand and arm signals are one of the primary means of communication on the battlefield and effective tacticians must know and use this language when stealth is a critical factor. Coordination and synchronization are combat multipliers. That is, they increase the effect of our actions upon our opponents. Hand and arm signals go a long way in the coordination and synchronization of tactical efforts—particularly as troops close the distance between them and the enemy./articles/interactive_articles/2007/October/9/handandarm.html10/9/2007 12:00:00 AMWorst Case Scenario:Weapons Jamby Christopher E. LarsenIt happens. Weapons jam no matter how sophisticated or primitive. Even a club can break. Frankly, the more moving parts in a weapon system, the greater the chance that something will fail—particularly in the rugged demands of the battlefield./articles/regular_articles/2007/October/10/oct10.aspx10/10/2007 12:00:00 AMDecision-Makingby Christopher E. LarsenParticipating in MILSIM events over the past couple decades as an observer/controller, I get asked a fair amount of questions on the field. As often as not, those questions could be boiled down to, “Okay, what do I do next?” The answer is always the same. You can attack, defend, or withdraw. In tactical engagements, it pretty much boils down to that./articles/regular_articles/2007/November/1/nov1.aspx11/1/2007 12:00:00 AMContemporary Issuesby Christopher E. LarsenMILSIM is simply an abbreviation, meaning military simulation. However on a broader scale MILSIM falls under the category of action pursuit gaming—paintball, airsoft, and even “real steel” which are actual firearms that use blanks./articles/regular_articles/2007/November/10/nov10.aspx11/10/2007 12:00:00 AMHasty Attackby Christopher E. LarsenThis is the description for the Hasty Attack interactive article./articles/interactive_articles/2007/November/20/hastyA.html11/20/2007 12:00:00 AMWarrior-Shepherdby Christopher E. LarsenWe’re very happy to announce a new tradition here at Olive Drab Journal. Each year we will honor members from the MILSIM community whose actions exemplify the quintessential traits of the warrior, the leader, and the shepherd. This recognition does not come lightly. We look for strong characteristics—something akin to the leadership audacity of Erwin Rommel, the compassion of Mother Teresa, and the teaching of Dale Carnegie. But mostly we look inward amongst our MILSIM community to identify those brilliant men and women whose leadership has been inspirational./articles/regular_articles/2007/December/1/dec1.aspx12/1/2007 12:00:00 AMViolence of Actionby Christopher E. LarsenWhat is the objective of armed conflict? The answer, in its purist form is to impose will. This means to impose our will upon our opponent, both for brief moments of time and for a lasting duration. Imposing will for a lasting duration is decidedly not a military objective – at least not solely a military objective. That would require the influence of diplomatic, economic, and informational coercion. However, to impose will for brief moments of time is very much a military objective of armed conflict./articles/regular_articles/2007/December/10/dec10.aspx12/10/2007 12:00:00 AMMovement To Contactby Christopher E. LarsenThis is the description for the Movement to Contact interactive article./articles/interactive_articles/2007/December/20/mtc.html12/20/2007 12:00:00 AMAdvantage of the Offenseby Christopher E. LarsenThe effort of the offense is to maintain a tempo of operations that the defense cannot match. Too abstract? Yeah, I agree./articles/regular_articles/2008/January/1/jan1.aspx1/1/2008 12:00:00 AMWorst Case Scenario: Outnumbered Assaultby Christopher E. LarsenWe’re bound to be outnumbered sometimes. That is unless the MILSIM scenario planners intentionally set the opposing forces at exactly an equal number of troops – and that almost never happens!/articles/regular_articles/2008/February/10/feb10.aspx2/10/2008 12:00:00 AMDeliberate Attackby Christopher E. LarsenThis is the description for the Deliberate Attack interactive article./articles/interactive_articles/2008/March/1/delib_attack.html3/1/2008 12:00:00 AMManagement of the Defenseby Christopher E. LarsenFew tacticians give the defense its due. But for the record, history does. The slaughter of Union troops at Fredericksburg, Virginia; the massive carnage of Confederate forces at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; the unimaginable horror at Ypres, France; and the wasting of a million Chinese lives along the 38th Parallel between the Koreas. All of these examples illustrate the effect of a well-managed defense./articles/regular_articles/2008/March/10/mar10.aspx3/10/2008 12:00:00 AMFailure in Trainingby Christopher E. LarsenI’m riding across Missouri with four members of One Shepherd’s staff, headed to a 3-day immersive field exercise. Invariably the war stories start flying – as that is the birth right of all troops. And this is good because war stories often turn into lofty discussions of what went wrong and how to fix it./articles/regular_articles/2008/December/1/dec1.aspx12/1/2008 12:00:00 AMWarrior Shepherdby Christopher E. LarsenAl’s favorite saying is, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Al appeared as a teacher early on. He found his calling as a learning disabilities instructor at Webb High School in Webb City, Missouri. He went on to serve 21 years as a teacher and director at the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, Missouri. Al is now a professor at William Woods University in Fulton./articles/regular_articles/2008/December/20/dec20.aspx12/20/2008 12:00:00 AM