Author Topic: 30 (!) Years Ago: Desert Storm starts  (Read 624 times)

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Reply #15 on: January 17, 2021, 08:40:53 PM
... Which reminds me, I retire next year!  :o  :biggrin:

June 30th, 2021 fer me. It's official!   :D


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Reply #16 on: January 18, 2021, 10:52:16 AM
The thing that still comes to mind is Genl Schwarzkopf's news conference.
In earlier interviews, during and before, the attack kicked off, he had mentioned that he knew things could go wrong.
That some of his people would die and that the whole operation could be a failure.  Some nights he couldn't sleep because of his worries.
During the presentation, he characterised the wide flanking maneuver through the desert as a "Hail Mary" play in football.
This term was introduced by Roger "The Dodger" Staubach.  A last second pass into the end zone, that either won the game or lost it.  A desperation play.
Well looking at the map, with V Corps moving five armored/mechanised divisions in a tight fist, that was not a Hail Mary.
That was Vince Lombardi's Packers Sweep, with Jerry Kramer and Fuzzy Thurston leading Paul Horning around the flank.

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Reply #17 on: January 26, 2021, 02:09:18 PM
I was vaguely following the build up (I was working at IBM in Austin and trying to get into grad school at the time), but I missed the actual start---my first clue was that I had to badge into the parking lot rather than just drive up to the building's parking.

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Reply #18 on: January 26, 2021, 02:26:20 PM
I remember the relief at seeing how successful the Patriots were at destroying SCUDS.

The Patriot's software is (or at least was) the topic of a certain amount of discussion in computer science circles. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIM-104_Patriot#Failure_at_Dhahran.

Weirdly, the project I was working on at the time (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taligent) is also sometimes noted as a major software disaster.

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