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    Hi, sorry for the late reply, I've just seen...

    Hi,
    sorry for the late reply, I've just seen your comment.

    Yes, there are other ways to enforce a NFZ beyond dealing with an aircraft as it breaches the Zone. However, it would be wrong to see...
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    Is there not a danger in looking at the media as...

    Is there not a danger in looking at the media as a 'type', when in fact there are a range of beasts within the species? Some will be reliable, honest and trustworthy with information they receive or...
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    Rolling Stone

    There seems to be consensus that Rolling Stone is not the sort of publication that COMISAF and his staff should allocate much time to. Was there a suggestion somewhere that the interview was granted...
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    Re: Clarification

    Entropy,
    there is no need to apologise, I didn't feel you were being condescending, and as an ex-FJ puke that accusation usually sits at my feet! To keep the chain going:

    2. I totally agree...
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    Clarification

    Entropy, thank you, perhaps I should take this opportunity to make a few points clear(er):
    1. I don't believe the article called for (or even envisioned) 'sealing the border'. As you correctly...
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    And it is a major problem. E.g. a quote from...

    And it is a major problem. E.g. a quote from British American Tobacco (http://www.bat.com/group/sites/uk__3mnfen.nsf/vwPagesWebLive/DO6TNKVW?opendocument&SKN=3&TMP=1):

    Illicit trade is not...
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    Legalizing poppy

    This issue keeps running, primarily championed by the Senlis Council. On the surface it seems logical but I suspect the argument receives far more prominence that it deserves. Why? because:

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    Agreed, the SHF is suffering. A situation not...

    Agreed, the SHF is suffering. A situation not helped by the period when 8 SF-bound Chinooks were left sitting in hangars (now being modified for 'normal' use). I suspect that if two enduring COIN...
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    John T, copied, thanks. I don't believe our...

    John T,
    copied, thanks. I don't believe our system (within MOD) is quite as 'stove piped' as it may appear. True, there are many areas where Civil Servants or Military Staff reside, but in key...
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    I would be more careful. Do check his logic. He...

    I would be more careful. Do check his logic. He gave an interview in 2007 on TV where he said Typhoon is responsible for casualties in Afghanistan. His logic trail ran something like this:
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    UAVs

    It seems there are some conflating issues here: historic precedence, inter-service rivalries, vested interests, budgeting issues, resource shortfalls, long-term force structures, near v far...
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    Sadly, there is no sense that things at MOD will...

    Sadly, there is no sense that things at MOD will improve. The headline '1.5% per annum increase' in defence spending over the next 3 years is misleading and Staff levels there are being...
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    mmm... you obviously didn't enjoy yourself in...

    mmm... you obviously didn't enjoy yourself in Main Building, which I can understand. Personally, I was very happy to get no closer to MOD than the PJHQ, but I don't share your disdain for those who...
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    Context

    When I've asked people involved in the Afghan endeavour the following question I have not received a compelling reply:

    Which is the greatest threat to the long-term security of the Afghan...
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    From the Motherland

    Personal observations, if I may:

    1. The Military are good (often excellent) at Campaigning, not Strategy. Strategy (especially in a democracy) should be set by the civilian Government not by...
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    Actions or discussions which go Off-piste will...

    Actions or discussions which go Off-piste will result in being marginalised and quietly filed to the sideline as a 'maverick' or 'unsuitable'. And its certainly not class related. Some of the most...
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    Context

    I am also new to this site, but here goes...

    Personally, I find that views expressed on the utility of Air Power are invariably weakened by the subjective position of the person expressing them...
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    Attitudes In Iraq

    Readers may be interested to read the latest BBC/ABC et al polling survey of Iraqi attitudes: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7296117.stm
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