LCDE Kurt Ambrose to SCPO Franklin Mendez
SCPO, UNSCN - SPECWARCOM
We’ve been lucky with Beta so far—very lucky—to get 312 out directly after training. An opportunity like that is not liable to happen ever again. And we were extremely lucky to get 320 out at all after CARTWHEEL, and I hope her luck has held up—but—
Now that I’ve had an opportunity to look over the data on TORPEDO, it looks like it’s going to be a meat grinder on par with PROMETHEUS. No doubt, we’ll be able to absorb approx 1.08% total strength of the combat element directly into base personnel with this kind of OP, but there are a couple more I’d like get out into the field early long-term, deep reconnaissance—specifically 170 and 091.
Even though we may be starting to push credibility with Ackerson and the rest of the grinning skulls by assigning so many of the cat 2s to non-combat roles—Ackerson has stated implicitly that he wants them all in the field—I don’t believe they have any reason to complain. I do get the feeling that Ackerson would gladly assign members of his own family to a suicide mission if he could find an appropriately high-value target to send them against, however.
So Ackerson wants his heads—and we’ll give them to him—just not all of them. You know as well as I do that we wind up with some that would have been chosen—not just kids unlucky enough to survive a glassing. Orders are still being followed; those Spartans are in the field and they are armed as SPARTANS—and they are making a difference. We are bending the rules here—not breaking them. Anyway, I believe our recon teams have proven their effectiveness—the fact that they are receiving local, unsolicited support proves this out.
LCDE, UNSCN - SPECWARCOM