vara bungas: Šodien zemessargi Andžāns un Staķis Dienā sprieda par Džeimstaunas domnīcas pētījuma nepilnībām, ko skaidroja ar autora – Ričarda Hūkera – profesionālo deformāciju, tankists viņš esot:
No kurienes ziņas par “tankistu”, nav skaidrs, jo visur rakstīts, ka pulkvedis Hūkers 36 gadus garā dienesta laikā bija pamatā izpletņlēcējs-desantnieks un attiecīgā spēku veida brigādes komandieris, bet OK, Staķim iespējams ir pieejams Hūkera slepenais dosjē. Desantnieks vai tankists tā, protams, jebkurā gadījumā ir diagnoze.
Tomēr taisnības labad jāpiebilst vēl šo to par šo “tankistu-izpletņlēcēju”:
Dr. Richard D. Hooker, Jr. became the NDU Director for Research and Strategic Support and Director, Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) in September 2013. As a member of the Senior Executive Service, he served as Deputy Commandant and Dean of the NATO Defense College in Rome from September 2010-August 2013. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and the Foreign Policy Research Institute and is a Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society. A former White House Fellow, Dr. Hooker previously taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point and held the Chief of Staff of the Army Chair at the National War College in Washington, D.C. He also served with the Office of National Service, The White House under President George H.W. Bush, with the Arms Control and Defense Directorate, National Security Council during the Clinton Administration, and with the NSC Office for Iraq and Afghanistan in the administration of George W. Bush. While at the NSC he was a contributing author to The National Security Strategy of the United States. His areas of expertise include Defense Policy and Strategy, the Middle East, NATO/Europe and Civil-Military Relations.
Dr. Hooker graduated with a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy in 1981 and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in International Relations from the University of Virginia. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. National War College, where he earned an M.S. in National Security Studies and also served as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. His publications have been used widely in staff and defense college curricula in the US, UK, Canada and Australia and include more than fifty articles and three books on security and defense-related topics. Dr. Hooker has lectured extensively at leading academic and military institutions in the United States and abroad. Prior to his retirement from active duty, Dr. Hooker served for 30 years in the United States Army as a parachute infantry officer in the United States and Europe. While on active duty he participated in military operations in Grenada, Somalia, Rwanda, the Sinai, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, including command of a parachute brigade in Baghdad from January 2005 to January 2006. His military service also included tours in the offices of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army.
The son of an infantry colonel, Hooker was born at Fort Benning, Georgia and raised at Army posts in the United States and overseas. In 1975 he enlisted as a rifleman in the 82d Airborne Division and served for two years as an enlisted infantryman. He later received a presidential appointment to West Point, where he earned two varsity letters in 150lb football and competed on the Academy Parachute team. Graduating in 1981 with a commission in the infantry, he subsequently served in rifle and antitank units with the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division. As a Captain he commanded the Army’s only airborne pathfinder company, Company C (Pathfinder/ Airborne), 509th Parachute Infantry. After a teaching tour at West Point, LTC Hooker was selected as a White House Fellow, serving with the National Security Council staff as Associate Director of Defense Policy. While at the NSC he deployed to Somalia in December 1992 as Military Assistant to the U.S. Special Envoy, Ambassador Robert Oakley.
LTC Hooker returned to troop duty in 1994 as Deputy Commander of the 3d Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment (Airborne Battalion Combat Team) in Vicenza, Italy. After 19 months with 3/325 ABCT he was assigned as Brigade S3 (Operations Officer) with the Lion Brigade (Airborne), the European Command’s designated Rapid Reaction Force. His combat service includes deployments to Grenada for Operation URGENT FURY, to Somalia for Operation RESTORE HOPE and to Bosnia prior to the signing of the Dayton Accords for temporary duty with the French/British Rapid Reaction Force in Kiseljak.
In 1994 LTC Hooker deployed to Central Africa as Chief, Humanitarian Operations Center, Joint Task Force Alpha, in Goma, Zaire for Operation SUPPORT HOPE (the Rwandan Refugee Crisis). In December 1995 he accompanied 3/325 ABCT into Bosnia as second-in-command of the first US combat unit to enter Bosnia during Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR. In this capacity he conducted the first on-scene negotiations with local faction leaders in the Zone of Separation.
A resident graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, LTC Hooker holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in International Relations from the University of Virginia and a certificate in Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He has lectured by invitation at the Army, Naval and National War Colleges, at the U.S Naval Institute, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and at the Army Command and General Staff College. LTC Hooker has published 18 articles in professional military journals and is editor and co-author of Maneuver Warfare: An Anthology, published by Presidio Press in 1994. His book, By Their Deeds Alone, is forthcoming.
LTC Hooker’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, two awards of the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two awards of the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army and Air Force Achievement Medals. A Master Parachutist, he has completed the Ranger, Pathfinder, Air Assault and Jumpmaster Courses and has earned Canadian and Israeli Parachutist Badges.
UPD1 Vēl citāts no raksta par OMD iespējamību
“[..] Parlamentārais sekretārs gan atbild retoriski: “Cik daudzi no mums savus bērnus būtu gatavi sūtīt divus gadus armijā, izņemt viņus no ārā no ekonomikas pie tā darba roku trūkuma, kāds tas ir? Cik daudz cilvēku aizbrauktu no Latvijas[..]”
VB: Vāji argumenti, jo:
-Divi gadi ir vēlamais, bet apspriežamais termiņš
-Liekulīgi apelē pie mātišķām/tēvišķām jūtām, it kā kāds liek “sūtīt savus bērnus” pretī kaut kam sliktam. 18 gv jaunietim piemīt pilna rīcībspēja.
-PD ne mazākā mērā izņem “darba rokas” no ekonomikas.
-Mūzīgā aizbraukšanas tēma. Iespējams pie TOTĀLA iesaukuma tas notiktu, bet OMD 2.0 gadījumā runa ir par kādiem 1K-3K jauniešiem gadā, kas ir ap 3% no visiem vīriešu kārtas jauniešiem (ap 60K). 2019. gada sākumā Latvijā dzīvoja 122 tūkstoši jauniešu vecumā no 18 līdz 24 gadiem.