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    I don't know which Wilf said this, but if it is...

    I don't know which Wilf said this, but if it is attributed to me, then I would this is incorrect in absolute terms.... but....

    a.) The primary means of breaking enemy will is delivered via lethal...
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    I spend a lot of time playing with weapons...

    I spend a lot of time playing with weapons optics. To discuss it seriously you need to talk specifics. "Red-dots" for example may have no magnification power what so ever.

    What you have from the...
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    I think I am safe to say that I was pretty...

    I think I am safe to say that I was pretty familiar with the content of that article before it was published, though I place no claim as to authorship! :D
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    a.) Yes, soldiers have to understand their...

    a.) Yes, soldiers have to understand their weapons performance and capabilities. So what? Lawrence is just coming to a realisation that most professional officers knew already.

    b.) Comparing Haig,...
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    Don't need to read it. I spend a lot of time...

    Don't need to read it. I spend a lot of time pointing out why what in the manual is complete rubbish. Most of what is wrong today is because of what is written in the manual.

    Siting a FOB is...
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    That is very often a huge problem. Democracy and...

    That is very often a huge problem. Democracy and legitimacy for example.


    Well when I next meet Dave, I'm going to point out to him that his two book and numerous articles have done far more harm...
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    ...and what standard defensive principle would...

    ...and what standard defensive principle would those be?

    A FOB is a facility from which to mount operations, and the location itself may provide operational advantages, such as surveillance of a...
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    If its for power, then it is political. Politics...

    If its for power, then it is political. Politics is power over people. It is not just what politicians do. All conflict is driven by politics, because all conflict seeks to alter political power....
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    Bob, I'm not confused as to how to defeat a...

    Bob, I'm not confused as to how to defeat a rebellion. I understand how its done. I am just staggered at the line of thinking that prevents others seeing it. For example, why do you keep saying...
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    Why use the word "globalization" at all? It is...

    Why use the word "globalization" at all? It is neither an accurate or useful description. It has no set definition and means many mostly useless things to many mostly no so reflective people who...
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    The UK's view of the IRA and PIRA was basically...

    The UK's view of the IRA and PIRA was basically that they were a well armed criminal gang, and to be treated as such.

    I think the idea of drawing parallels between the LA Cryps and say the RUF in...
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    The "little forts" in Helmand are FOBs. - Patrol...

    The "little forts" in Helmand are FOBs. - Patrol Bases. I was referring to the conduct of defence in combat operations. Two entirely different conditions.
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    Legitimacy is a political opinion. Hitler died...

    Legitimacy is a political opinion. Hitler died democratically elected by 19 million Germans. Saddam was supported by a vast sector of his population, so were the Taliban.

    What you see as...
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    ...but you cannot say what is despotic or...

    ...but you cannot say what is despotic or illegitimate. The US President tells you what is legitimate and what is not. He is a politician and his statements are very relative, changeable and...
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    Legitimacy: If you win, you are legitimate. Power...

    Legitimacy: If you win, you are legitimate. Power creates support.

    Justice: Rule of Law. When you control the population, you say what is legal and what is not. All Governments exercise...
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    From the Christian book? Insurgency is really...

    From the Christian book?

    Insurgency is really baby-talk for a rebellion. Rebellions is when folks seek to alter the political power being exercised over them. How is that not war?

    Empires,...
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    Well from experience to date I know it's not that...

    Well from experience to date I know it's not that simple.
    For example a man can be a highly effective leader in combat without providing any really useful insight.

    What such men can often...
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    Just some rather obvious things to consider. ...

    Just some rather obvious things to consider.

    a.) Reverse slope is only relative to one direction of enemy threat.
    b.) What reverse slope actually means is not positioning your defensive position...
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    To quote the article: Rubbish. I cannot take...

    To quote the article:

    Rubbish. I cannot take that seriously.

    I find Globalisation is an imprecise term of almost no actual utility.
    Additionally I submit it has little or no relevance to...
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    Ahhhh.... Sorry. I thought is was a book-learning...

    Ahhhh.... Sorry. I thought is was a book-learning term for all that there bank-bank stuff them soldiers boys do of somewhere some when.

    Guess reading and all that, don't help you none here. :D

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    Not a lot of stock, an understatement? So the...

    Not a lot of stock, an understatement?

    So the host nation is the Battle Space Owner? So during the invasion of Iraq, Iraq was the Battle Space Owner? When did the Iraqi Government become the BSO,...
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    What worked in wars 3,000 years ago, works today....

    What worked in wars 3,000 years ago, works today. War is politics. Break will, gain control, and support follows. Influence comes from the application of force, to force compliance. Influence is...
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    In the real world no one should ever say "Battle...

    In the real world no one should ever say "Battle Space." It's utterly meaningless. OK, people use the term, but it would seem to signify more ignorance than insight. Terms I use are:

    Operational...
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    That's a very subjective opinion, but if true,...

    That's a very subjective opinion, but if true, strongly implies there is a training problem with regard to PRR.


    ...and a Pea-shooter a great many combat veterans have no issue with. What's your...
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    B*stard!! Oh thanks mate..... Now I'll never get...

    B*stard!! Oh thanks mate..... Now I'll never get any work done. How I didn't know about this, I cannot fathom!

    ...load up the printer.... it's going to be a long night! :D
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