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Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 10-23-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 4,720
Posted By Gian P Gentile
yeah Hack, you are slipping! "Caves" instead of...

yeah Hack, you are slipping! "Caves" instead of mineshaft gaps; that would have never happened back in the days of Sams.

gian
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 09-15-2009
Replies: 56
Views: 12,999
Posted By Gian P Gentile
I think Niel makes some very good points, along...

I think Niel makes some very good points, along with others on this thread, especially Schmedlap's caution about establishing facts before making sweeping conclusions.

But to Niel, it is very...
Forum: Middle East 08-31-2009
Replies: 146
Views: 60,677
Posted By Gian P Gentile
Shimon Naveh

Zack:

I didnt see it on your original list and also didnt see it on the posts suggesting other readings (although I may have missed it) but you should have a look at the work and thinking of...
Forum: Historians 07-30-2009
Replies: 65
Views: 26,796
Posted By Gian P Gentile
Brother Hack, It is Thayer not Lincoln; the economist mind of yours is getting old

Hack, I didn't take it that way at all; but dude, Lincoln Hall, even Schmedlap knows that History is in Thayer! In fact if you go to Schmed's cool post on the Wanat thread you will see me tacking my...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 07-11-2009
Replies: 157
Views: 37,688
Posted By Gian P Gentile
gian p gentile

"Hearts and Minds" has always been a name, a label, a code applied in these kinds of small wars to ostensibly describe what folks wanted other folks to think were actually happening on the ground,...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 06-03-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 6,405
Posted By Gian P Gentile
Wilf: Agree. This is an impressive...

Wilf:

Agree.

This is an impressive document in its clarity of purpose and articulation of intent. We are lucky to have General Mattis in charge of these matters.
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 06-02-2009
Replies: 54
Views: 21,833
Posted By Gian P Gentile
Tom and Steve are right with their explanations...

Tom and Steve are right with their explanations of the book, movie, and metalica video. I show the video in class usually in the concluding lesson for our block on World War I and explain the...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 06-02-2009
Replies: 54
Views: 21,833
Posted By Gian P Gentile
Strongly second MarcT's proposal for Starship...

Strongly second MarcT's proposal for Starship Troopers. In my view perhaps one of the greatest books of fiction ever written about war and society.

Also consider Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton...
Forum: Training & Education 05-20-2009
Replies: 91
Views: 40,932
Posted By Gian P Gentile
Niel: At least with the slide I could...

Niel:

At least with the slide I could understand your implied point to it.

But the implied point is the problem since it is fundamentally a slide that depicts the premise to population...
Forum: Blog Watch 05-18-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 14,178
Posted By Gian P Gentile
brief thoughts on "Echo of Battle"

I strongly commend Professor Linn's book, "Echo of Battle" to readers of this blog. It is tightly written, superbly argued, and a brilliant intellectual history of the US Army. This weekend I...
Forum: Catch-All, OIF 05-07-2009
Replies: 30
Views: 30,199
Posted By Gian P Gentile
"Tarnished Brass" (new article by Dick Kohn)

Here is a link to a new essay (http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/2009%20-%20Spring/full-Kohn.html)by historian Dick Kohn in the journal World Affairs on senior American military leadership and what...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 03-04-2009
Replies: 293
Views: 144,073
Posted By Gian P Gentile
Doug Macgregor on "Hybrid War"

Colonel (ret) Doug Macgregor sent to me via personal email his thoughts on this discussion on the "hybrid war" concept and gave me permission to post them on the SWJ blog.

"As most of us know, the...
Forum: Military - Other 02-05-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 17,324
Posted By Gian P Gentile
Reed: I agree that the coin/hic debate is a...

Reed:

I agree that the coin/hic debate is a false one, at least simplistically in terms of how that label is used as an either or. It is not a zero sum discussion over whether the army should do...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 02-01-2009
Replies: 48
Views: 9,904
Posted By Gian P Gentile
Lots of good discussion here, as usual on SWJ...

Lots of good discussion here, as usual on SWJ blog. I especially agreed with some of the comments made by Ken and Wilf on the need to have an army that is well trained in the basics of combat...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 01-30-2009
Replies: 79
Views: 24,616
Posted By Gian P Gentile
why do you confine yourself to the post world war...

why do you confine yourself to the post world war II period? Is there something special about that period that interests you or do you see it as more relevant to the present day than other previous...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 01-29-2009
Replies: 58
Views: 103,737
Posted By Gian P Gentile
Wilf as usual is spot-on and has it right with...

Wilf as usual is spot-on and has it right with the recommendation to read Clausewitz first!! Ironic though that FM 3-24 chose to leave Clausewitz off of the classics bibliography list in the back of...
Forum: Catch-All, GWOT 01-23-2009
Replies: 253
Views: 131,589
Posted By Gian P Gentile
UAM, thanks for the shout-out. Oh to be a major...

UAM, thanks for the shout-out. Oh to be a major again, alas those days are long gone. The essay of mine that you provide a link to was a SAMS monograph that parts of it actually became an...
Forum: Catch-All, GWOT 01-23-2009
Replies: 253
Views: 131,589
Posted By Gian P Gentile
Dave: Supremely stated!! Couldnt agree...

Dave:

Supremely stated!! Couldnt agree more.

gian
Forum: Catch-All, GWOT 01-22-2009
Replies: 253
Views: 131,589
Posted By Gian P Gentile
Niel: right, and now with the operational...

Niel: right, and now with the operational demands of coin we must train our formations to perform the mission they are getting ready to conduct which means until we ramp-down we must maintain our...
Forum: Catch-All, GWOT 01-22-2009
Replies: 253
Views: 131,589
Posted By Gian P Gentile
Ken: what a nice thing to say!! your...

Ken:

what a nice thing to say!!

your eloquence moved me.

we did bring back as many as we could; and the ones we didnt, well that is the bond that we share.

very respectcully
Forum: Catch-All, GWOT 01-22-2009
Replies: 253
Views: 131,589
Posted By Gian P Gentile
Ken: good post; and agree. I too think...

Ken:

good post; and agree.

I too think a well trained combat outfit can do many, many missions of different types. My point, and this has been beat around pretty well in other threads, is that...
Forum: Catch-All, GWOT 01-21-2009
Replies: 253
Views: 131,589
Posted By Gian P Gentile
Entropy: Agree with your post, and in a sense you...

Entropy: Agree with your post, and in a sense you are right in that we may have been talking past each other. LG is focussed on the now, while I am viewing the now but with a longer eye toward the...
Forum: Catch-All, GWOT 01-21-2009
Replies: 253
Views: 131,589
Posted By Gian P Gentile
BayonetBrant: Agree. Wilf: Agree with your...

BayonetBrant: Agree.

Wilf: Agree with your thesis. Moreover, history generally suggests this to be the case too.
Forum: Catch-All, GWOT 01-21-2009
Replies: 253
Views: 131,589
Posted By Gian P Gentile
Niel will be proud of me!!

Niel: The little thing was turned into a book by NYU Press a few years back but don’t buy it since the price has become somewhat prohibitive. I bet the Leavenworth library has a copy of it. Anyway,...
Forum: Catch-All, GWOT 01-21-2009
Replies: 253
Views: 131,589
Posted By Gian P Gentile
Since you ask I am an active duty Army Colonel...

Since you ask I am an active duty Army Colonel presently posted as an associate professor of history at West Point where I run the military history program. I have done two runs in Iraq. The first...
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