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    Have you read Kilcullen's "Out of the Mountains"?...

    Have you read Kilcullen's "Out of the Mountains"? He contends that amateur soccer/rugby teams are very central to insurrections.

    But I am having trouble with the vision of organized sports as a...
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    Steve, as an Army ROTC instructor (University of...

    Steve, as an Army ROTC instructor (University of Hawaii Warrior Battalion), I would like to point out another piece of this.

    With my freshmen, it usually isn't the kids, it's their parents...
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    Deeper issues

    As I read the back and forth about the merits and ills of conscription, I think we are not discussing a related issue that would sabotage the drive towards a bureaucratic solution (legislating the...
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    I am conflicted on this one. On the one hand,...

    I am conflicted on this one.

    On the one hand, I agree that we are going the way of Rome when military service was no longer a requirement for a political career. And the nature of a military...
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    Well, in modern Greek; "το πιο πράγματα αλλάζουν....

    Well, in modern Greek; "το πιο πράγματα αλλάζουν. τα περισσότερα πράγματα μένουν τα ίδια".
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    Fuchs, You, sir, owe me a new keyboard. ...

    Fuchs,
    You, sir, owe me a new keyboard.
    That was excellent.
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    I think a more fundamental question is "Can you...

    I think a more fundamental question is "Can you build partnerships with a factionalized state or group?"

    Pakistan is an artifical state composed of four major and many minor ethnic groups slammed...
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    What about the UCMJ did not make sense? Did you...

    What about the UCMJ did not make sense? Did you go to the manual of courts martial and read it or did you take the word of someone as poorly informed as yourself? Have you looked at the MCM lately...
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    http://critical-thinkers.com/wp-content/uploads/20...

    http://critical-thinkers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/A-Flowchart-to-Help-You-Determine-if-Yoursquore-Having-a-Rational-Discussion.jpg

    I'm thinking this might be relevant. Needless to say, I...
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    Ummm... No. Manning is in pre-trial...

    Ummm...

    No.

    Manning is in pre-trial confinement for compromising classified information. This action is treason. Treason is perpetrated by traitors.

    It is also worth noting that the...
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    Poll: North Korean protests?

    "The North Korean regime is on alert after signs of public unrest mainly in North Pyongyan Province," Later in the same article, there are references to the influence of the "Jasmine Revolutions" in...
  12. What was done is "ops normal"; a VIP (of any...

    What was done is "ops normal"; a VIP (of any stripe) is coming, you find out their position on relevant issues, special requirements, their favorite beverage, etc. You'll see this done by competent...
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    Fuchs (et al), the camo patterns are branding,...

    Fuchs (et al), the camo patterns are branding, pure and simple. The Marine corps started it by breaking step with the "U.S." woodland pattern, to make themselves clearly identifiable as Marines (and...
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    The white over-jackets and trousers are still in...

    The white over-jackets and trousers are still in the system. If the terrain is snow covered, you would have to really work to convince me that there is a significant benefit to re-engineering that...
  15. Louis, This sounds suspiciously like a...

    Louis,
    This sounds suspiciously like a CGSC/ACSC or SAMS/SAAS thesis. And this is great, but discussion would be easier if you be a little more up front about it.

    Similar questions would...
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    Poll: Bold assumption that DPRK finds the exercises...

    Bold assumption that DPRK finds the exercises offensive. The case could be made that the DPRK welcomes these excuses for military action.

    The theme lately seems to be "avoid reunification at all...
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    As far as gear goes, I'll tell you what I told my...

    As far as gear goes, I'll tell you what I told my cadets (MS I class, University of Hawai'i).

    -Don't bring a Rambo knife. You going to use a knife to open MREs. A modest size Swiss Army Knife...
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    I'm really baffled by this. Al...

    I'm really baffled by this.

    Al Qaida/Taliban/whichever gaggle of insurgents we're fighting today commits an 'atrocity' (that is utterly within conduct condoned by their culture), we're outraged,...
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    I'm just horrified at how insensitive to Nepalese...

    I'm just horrified at how insensitive to Nepalese culture some people are.
  20. Thread: Language Issues

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    Kevin, You're doing the right thing in...

    Kevin,
    You're doing the right thing in pursuing a language. Some thought on how to pick one;

    1) Pick a language spoken in places you'd like to go. If you don't like cold weather, don't...
  21. Thread: ILE-CC Curriculum

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    Full disclosure: I instruct TASS ILE (the...

    Full disclosure: I instruct TASS ILE (the Reserves' "night school" program) here in Hawai'i, and an ROTC instructor as a contractor at University of Hawai'i (the ROTC is a short term contract, I'm...
  22. Thread: ILE-CC Curriculum

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    Let me restate this; MANY ILE students are...

    Let me restate this;

    MANY ILE students are arriving unable to write to a standard I would submit before congress as an example of a properly trained and educated field grade officer. To be fair,...
  23. Thread: ILE-CC Curriculum

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    First hand experience indicates this is an...

    First hand experience indicates this is an accurate assessment.
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    Muzzle loaders? That's too effete. Sabers. ...

    Muzzle loaders? That's too effete.
    Sabers. 1850 Staff and Field Officer Sabers.
    Eliminates ammunition costs, allows for exception precision in targeting, virtually eliminates the possibility of...
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    The question to start with is "efficient by what...

    The question to start with is "efficient by what metric?"

    This is part of the standard self-flagellation by flagellation between centralized, financially efficient and decentralized, combat...
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