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    Though on further review (I came across this...

    Though on further review (I came across this thread while curious about the book cited at the top), neither Sherman, Clausewitz, or an argument for total war appear in the JFQ piece. Instead his...
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    For those uninclined to buy the book, he makes a...

    For those uninclined to buy the book, he makes a brief(er) version of his argument in the latest issue of JFQ

    http://www.ndu.edu/press/war-and-its-aftermath.html
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    I have never understood the USAF's relative...

    I have never understood the USAF's relative neglect of SEAD in comparison with their focus on air-to-air combat, especially as the threat to aircraft has been increasingly from the ground.


    Seems...
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    CNN reporting Gen. Jim Jones is a leading choice...

    CNN reporting Gen. Jim Jones is a leading choice for NSA:

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/11/21/sources-jones-leading-choice-for-national-security-advisor/
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    Well, it's useful for any number of political...

    Well, it's useful for any number of political reasons, though from the standpoint of the murky American relationship with limited war there are certainly more parallels to be drawn than about the...
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    I think the article makes a lot more sense when...

    I think the article makes a lot more sense when paralleled with the cover article of the same issue:
    http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200810/mccain
    which attempts to continue the Vietnam/Iraq analogy...
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    Unfortunately, looks like there's a downside to...

    Unfortunately, looks like there's a downside to the rescue:
    Colombian military used Red Cross emblem in rescue
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    I don't know if you've been following this from...

    I don't know if you've been following this from overseas, but that's just like the PBS miniseries "Carrier" last month.
  9. Thread: Platoon Weapons

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    I am reminded of a point that B.P. McCoy makes in...

    I am reminded of a point that B.P. McCoy makes in his primer "The Passion of Command"



    He later recounted that of the casualties 3/4 inflicted in the march to Baghdad, the vast majority were...
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    I disagree in general principle. Contracting...

    I disagree in general principle. Contracting increases the flexibility of the military in giving it a fairly responsive ability to supply additional manpower and skillsets in response to demand,...
  11. King's College War in the Modern World e-Learning

    I came across this on SOCNET:

    http://www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/sspp/ws/ps/tpg/wimw

    Guardian article from 2003:
    http://education.guardian.co.uk/elearning/story/0,10577,922325,00.html

    Any...
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    Ah, Gen. Petraeus is on there.

    Ah, Gen. Petraeus is on there.
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    The idea was readapted as "the defense of hill...

    The idea was readapted as "the defense of hill 781" in 1988 for mechanized warfare, a COIN version would be an ideal soldier's primer.

    Edit: Ah, nvm, I see Maximus has posted a relevant primer....
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    Aha! April 2007, "For what are we ready?", by...

    Aha! April 2007, "For what are we ready?", by Capt William Birdzell.

    In the conclusion, he notes the five great improvements of the 20th century as amphibious assault, close air support, vertical...
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    I am unable to login to the archives right now (I...

    I am unable to login to the archives right now (I can search but not view the articles), but I believe it's in the Nov 2006 "Where is Pete Ellis" article. My hard copy seems to have vanished; I'll...
  16. I was not expecting this crowd to glean anything...

    I was not expecting this crowd to glean anything new out of the Economist piece. However, we're not the target audience, and I'm interested in it mainly for its effects in educating the Western...
  17. The Economist covers Irregular Warfare and Western Military Transformation

    Cover article in the Economist this week:
    Brains, not Bullets; how to fight future wars.
    http://www.economist.com/images/20071027/20071027issuecovUS400.jpg...
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    WaPo 4-part report on IED's

    Snagged this off another forum.
  19. Thread: Officer Retention

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    I could have done without the rock remix. I...

    I could have done without the rock remix. I thought the originals were quite well done (though not quite along the lines of the current conversation about diversity of jobs).
    Mechanized Infantry...
  20. I'm teaching the Terrorism Awareness MCI; not...

    I'm teaching the Terrorism Awareness MCI; not sure if that is "DoD-approved". I've taken the AT Level 1, but forgot about the case studies. They're a bit short but are a good starting point.

    How...
  21. Good resources for Antiterrorism/Force Protection training?

    I'm reworking my lesson plans for the Terrorism Awareness course I'm teaching. I'm not a fan of the text I'm working with, and have had some success pulling in examples and tie-ins for the...
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    Actually, it comes from the very top....

    Actually, it comes from the very top. Reemphasizing amphibious training has been on of Commandant Conway's top priorities, and numerous communities have complained that the emphasis on CoIN and the...
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    A principal aim of the proposed turboprop...

    A principal aim of the proposed turboprop platform is that it serves as a vehicle for training partner nations that cannot afford more expensive turbofan or rotary-wing platforms similar to those...
  24. Thread: Officer Retention

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    Active Duty Service Obligation

    Active Duty Service Obligation
  25. Well, we are getting afield of the original...

    Well, we are getting afield of the original topic. I never claimed it to be a proven result, just my personal observation.
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