Update from Michael Bane (via Matthew Bracken!) on the “weapons dealer training exercise” — it’s been scrapped. Not only was there a lot of public outcry about it, but the .mil paid attention to it. They claim that’s not the reason the exercise was called off, but I’ve got my doubts.
I still think this was probably the brainchild of a clueless mid-level REMF (who’s likely getting his ass handed to him right now). Even so, I’m glad they stopped it. With some of the comments on my earlier post, I was beginning to feel like the proverbial lobster figuring out a bit too late that the water’s starting to boil.