Yeah, I was there. I was Captain Dhatri, then. That whole situation was a mess and could easily have been avoided with good intel. The major in charge at the time made a bad call - he thought Bitter Springs was full of Great Khan raiders, so we surrounded the place. By the time any of us realized there were civilians down there - women and children - the shooting had already started. The major froze up at the news, and we couldn't get another word out of him. I took over and salvaged the situation as best I could. For my effort, I was promoted to major. Not quite the way I'd have wanted it.
The NCR-Raiders War is a continous fight between the New California Republic and the wasteland's various raider tribes. The NCR seeks to eradicate them as the original Khans nearly destroyed Shady Sands before it could become the NCR. When the NCR rose to power, they led great military strength against the remnants of the Great Khans, Vipers and Jackals, whom they pushed to the Mojave Wasteland.
While the war in New California is over, the NCR faces difficulties in fighting the raiders in the Mojave. The Vipers and the Jackals, now being disassociated and badly equipped tribes scattered across the wasteland, attack at any given opportunity. They are not very effective or organized in their methods, making them only a minor problem. A new gang of raiders, the chem addicted Fiends start to become a bigger problem. The Great Khans however, are still the most troublesome of all raiders and are high priority targets due to the chems they supply to the Fiends.