Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld, Vice-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, speaking to the Association of the US Army Thursday night.

ARLINGTON: A candid Vice-Chairman of the Joint Staff delivered some tough messages to the Army yesterday and got in a few swipes at Congress and “the political leadership” in general.

Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld’s raised the most hackles among the serving and retired officers gathered at the headquarters of the powerful Association of the US Army Thursday night when Winnefeld said the nation would probably not need an Army sized to do any large-scale, long-duration ground operations. The admiral did not only downplay the possibility of prolonged counterinsurgencies like Afghanistan, Iraq, or Vietnam, although he certainly emphasized the decline of COIN: He raised doubt about long wars of any kind.

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"I HATE SUMMER ASSOCIATES!"

There’s just something about riding on crowded Amtrak trains that causes Biglaw attorneys to lose all of their inhibitions. From fondling one another to making $300,000 partnership offers to casually discussing future layoffs, their indiscretion knows no bounds. Perhaps they choose to throw caution to the wind because they think no one cares about the business of law, or that no one is really listening to what they’re saying or watching what they’re doing, but that’s simply not the case. We’ve got eyes and ears everywhere, and no one is safe.

Today’s Biglaw blind item occurred on yet another Amtrak train, and deals with some longstanding archetypes: an attorney who “sounded like a real jerk” and a law student who “sounded desperate.” It seems like this attorney has hate in his heart for his firm’s summer associates…

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The plane uses a biofuel blend of JP-5 aviation fuel and camelina oil.

An examination of liquid biofuels published in Strategic Studies Quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal for security professionals, has concluded that they fail to provide meaningful benefits when pitted against petroleum products.

“The United States cannot achieve energy security through biofuels, and even the attempt is ironically achieving effects contrary to ‘clean’ and ‘green’ environmental goals and actively threatening global security,” writes US Navy Captain T. A. “Ike” Kiefer.

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COMDEF: After decades without a significant new rotocraft technology, the head of Pentagon buying says he’s going to try and fund a new initiative to move helicopters and their brethren like the V-22 ahead.

It won’t be easy. “Anything is going to be very hard to squeeze into the budget,” Kendall told reporters during a Q and A session here. The US has not had any “cutting edge design for some time,” he said after a morning speech at the ComDef international defense conference.

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All summer long, we here at Fashionista have debated (argued over?) the song of the summer. I’ve been on team “Blurred Lines” despite its rape-y overtones and despite the fact that Robin Thicke filed a preemptive lawsuit to defend his song from claims of copyright infringement. (But seriously, how did he not copy Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”?) Others have lobbied hard for Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” (to be fair, this was pre-VMA performance) and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” was undeniably everywhere.

Well, I’d like to declare “Blurred Lines” the controversial winner.

See, apparently Carine Roitfeld and the whole CR Fashion Book crew listened to it (and watched the video) all summer long, too. And loved it. Roitfeld loved it so much she plucked the video’s star model, Emily Ratajkowski, to cover Issue 3 of CR Fashion Book (the cover that doesn’t feature a very pregnant Kim Kardashian).

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Whether you’re on Amtrack, Metro-North, NJ Transit, Chicago’s Metra, or the lawless LIRR, the rules of the quiet car stand: thou shalt not blast music so loud that people can hear it through your headphones, carry on an indoor conversation in an outdoor voice, and, most importantly, never, ever call someone on your cell phone and proceed to give them and, by extension, the rest of the car, the rundown of your entire day, including a detailed account of how you “marched into the boss’s office and told him, ‘I’ll get you the damned TPS report when I’m good and ready!'”

And yet, day in and day out people violate these rules we hold so dear in flagrante. For example, this guy.

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Back in June, we got a chance to see an absolutely great response to a cease and desist letter. The author of that response letter, Stephen B. Kaplitt, is an Above the Law folk hero for kicking off his response to an unnecessarily threatening C&D with “obviously [this] was sent in jest, and the world can certainly use more legal satire,” before systematically ripping the opposing attorneys a new one.

Now comes another great response to a C&D letter, and this one may even be better because of the firm on the receiving end.

Teaser: Biglaw smackdown! Snarky footnotes! Spice Girls references! Lollipops!

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Silver Spring Networks topped Inc. Magazine’s rankings.

The editors at Inc. magazine have released their rankings of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in America. The list offers an interesting snapshot of where growth is taking place in the energy sector.

The boom in America’s unconventional oil and gas development is clearly evident on the list. Out of the 110 energy companies mentioned, there were dozens of firms providing drilling services, pipeline construction services, and consulting on fossil energy development. With the U.S. now producing more liquid fuels than Saudi Arabia, the growth of those companies isn’t surprising.

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USS WASP: The Marines and Navy have spent most of the last three weeks putting the new F-35B through its paces here, executing more than 90 short takeoffs and vertical landings, including 19 at night.\

More than 1,200 Marine test pilots, engineers, experts from the Joint Program Office running the program and Navy and industry civilians are collecting enormous amounts of data from the two aircraft, BF-1 and BF-5, and the ship itself to ensure the planes are performing as they should. The Marine version of the Joint Strike Fighter is designed to take off from smaller aircraft carriers, some other Navy ships, roads and land bases. It can land vertically and usually does a short take off.

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Are you getting paid enough? We posed that question less than a month ago with the release of Fashionista’s first-ever salary survey. A whopping 5,000 of you answered. And we thank you for that!

Now you can browse through the slides to get an idea of salaries in more than 40 different fashion-related jobs. We covered retail and sales, marketing, publicity, design, social media, and creative (aka, the art department). Remember, the salaries listed reflect an average: so if you are making way more or way less than you’re seeing next to your title, it doesn’t mean you’re as out of the ordinary as you think. But also remember that industry insiders from hundreds of fantastic companies—Conde Nast, J.Crew, Macy’s, and Hearst, to name of few—completed this survey. So if you are looking for a pay upgrade, it could be a good negotiating tool.

Let the voyeurism begin!

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