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    Words are so confusing

    This is a good question that began the thread. If a Commander is doing FID then his tasks, equipment and skills sets of his folks have to be one thing while counterinsurgency requires other JMETLS,...
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    Durand Line history

    If folks are interested, the link should take you to a relatively brief history of the Durand Line and some proposals for a way ahead. In short, its a mess.
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    JMH article and Roger Spiller on Marshall

    My recollection of the Journal of Military History article mentioned above on SLAM was that SLAM happened to be helpful due to what the Army changed about its small unit tactics in Vietnam based on...
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    The Echo of Battle

    Is anyone else reading Brian Linn's The Echo of Battle: the Army War of War? I'm over a hundred pages and finally have an answer as to why, with all the US Army's experience fighting "small wars"...
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    Ben Shephard's A War of Nerves

    I have to be honest and say that I've not read it, but Roger Spiller, formerly a Prof at CGSC, thinks very highly of Ben Shephard's "A War of Nerves" Harvard Univ Press, 2001. Shephard focuses on...
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    The $64 question

    Well that is the BIG Question, isn't it? Perhaps a "quality control division" is necessary within each government department that hires them.

    And if a commercial entity hires them, well, then,...
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    What's next?

    Good question and good argument by West. Unfortunately, the first thing I thought of was, "well now we can send Brigade Combat Teams to Georgia." :mad: But of course there is plenty of work to do...
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    Ike and Grant

    Fred,

    Warning: This post's coherence is threatened due to a long day writing about French communists. ;)

    When I think of what people like Ike and U. S. Grant did, before their war came along...
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    Mv-22

    I thought the USMC and AFSOC did work in cooperation. The Marines were the lead and the AFSOC, SOCOM, and the Air Force test guys were doing the tweaks AFSOC needed to make it effective for their...
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    Oh, and one more thing...

    There are now many AF TDY's to CENTCOM for a year. I myself may be taking one. I may be puttin' the I in indigenous, personally!
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    Trifecta of replies

    To Umar...: I agree on your main point that the Air Force needs to do a culture shift, and certainly has been doing it since about the mid 90s. We used to be a completely stay in our nice "cavier"...
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    Our own worst enemy?

    I'm the first to say (and I've said this to AF cadets in my classes) that the USAF has an awful record and predicting what kind of planes/missions we will need in the next war. B-52s are the most...
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    I'll give you a reason why 4GW is harmful

    Here is my take on the worst of 4GW: It reinforces the commonly held belief that history is uniform and linear. First this, then that, now we're here and proceeding on to over there. It's that...
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    Poll: Patton was a "small warrior"!! Kind of...

    I realize this thread has gone a bit cold, and all may have moved on, but I've some news on this matter. Patton's 3rd Army had an OSS organization in his G-3 called a Special Forces Detachment. ...
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    LeMay - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    I could not have explained it any better. LeMay is an interesting guy, what with the WWII innovation contrasted with his 1960s complete inability to understand the nature of the conflict in SE Asia....
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    Buck Turgison, et al...

    Glad to get a rise out of someone. Yes, LeMay's time as Chief of Staff was near to a disaster when it comes to the Cuban missile crises. But his organization and leadership was key in Europe and...
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    Diderot's Small Wars en Français

    Many of you may have heard of Denis Diderot and his many volumes of Encyclopedia he fought to get published in the mid-18th Century. The military entries are interesting. For instance, there is an...
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    Vinegar Joe

    I had not seen those comments about him before, and they could very well be justified. The joke was that CBI did not stand so much for China-Burma-India theater, but rather Confusion Beyond...
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    The silence has been quite loud, actually

    I suspect the guy who wrote the copy describing the film is toiling under the same old notion that the French have failed to face the truths in their past. I think the French are very capable of...
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    There was a White....

    but no Ken so I can vouch for the fact that he's not on their roster.... Thanks to everyone for the tips. Keep 'em comin'!
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    George Washington is number one

    Well if the criteria are understanding the war you're in, and implementing a strategy to win it, then my list is below.

    Gen Washington has my vote for best in American history. Consider what he...
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    Searching for first hand accounts of UW

    After my pesky dissertation is done (working on the Jedburghs in France) I think I want to read as many books I can find written by those who have experienced "small wars" and then attempted to set...
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