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    Thanks Mike, and Mark Mark

    Thanks Mike, and Mark
    Mark
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    Cheers David

    I hope you enjoy the read,
    Best,
    Mark
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    Second-party Counterinsurgency

    Attached is the link to my recently awarded PhD Thesis .
    Best regards,
    Mark
    http://unsworks.unsw.edu.au/fapi/datastream/unsworks:11717/SOURCE01
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    I am curious about the assertion of 'seems to be...

    I am curious about the assertion of 'seems to be in a tail spin'. What specific objective evidence, within the context of the ADF's role and operational tasking, do you offer to support such...
  5. Well stated Bob!

    Well stated Bob!
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    Ken, Hence my point about cringe... It is...

    Ken, Hence my point about cringe...

    It is often discussed here in Australia how we as a society have continually sought 'affirmation' or 'inspiration' from others. To some extent that has also...
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    Suggests that Abu M knows bugger all about Australian Rugby..

    There is one current Wallaby who was born in Fiji, Radike Samo..

    It is a bit like asking 'Why are all the kickers in the NFL Australian...' (well, the good ones, anyway...)


    He was pretty much...
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    Hi Brent, I think you might be helped by...

    Hi Brent,

    I think you might be helped by reading Doug Ollivant's excellent piece:

    Ollivant, Douglas A. "Countering the New Orthodoxy: Reinterpreting Counterinsurgency in Iraq." In National...
  9. Thread: COIN PhD

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    As someone in the final throes of a 'COIN/IW' PhD...

    As someone in the final throes of a 'COIN/IW' PhD I commend Steve Metz's advice to you.

    If you have a prospective school/ supervisor in mind you should have a lengthy conversation with them -...
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    Not necessary

    Darwin has 'central heating' built into the climate... it is in the Tropics. The weather there makes Miami look like Green Bay...
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    Of course, the answer to the Question posed is ...

    None.
  12. You are missing the most vital point..

    Whilst Koevoet were a SAP unit, the trackers, and a lot of the troops, were not White South African. They were either indigenous SW Africans recruited directly, or captured and turned terrorists /...
  13. You are missing the most vital point..

    Whilst Koevoet were a SAP unit, the trackers, and a lot of the troops, were not White South African. They were either indigenous SW Africans recruited directly, or captured and turned terrorists /...
  14. Poll: It has been done

    WO2 Mick Craig of the Australian Army wrote a Junior Leader's Counterinsurgency Guide in 2008/9. It has been published as 'developing doctrine' by the Australian Army. Through the ABCA it is...
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    Which is code for "I stuffed up with the election...

    Which is code for "I stuffed up with the election violence last time, this time I will get it (the violence) right.."

    God help the poor folk of SW Zimbabwe
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    Great post Bob, Mark

    Great post Bob,

    Mark
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    Mike, If the narrative is a dud then... ...

    Mike, If the narrative is a dud then...



    ...it is time for a new one, as soon as possible. I think (and the record shows) that you can do all sorts of clunky / stupid things for a fair while...
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    More like an OPED rather than an essay, but interesting nonetheless

    Overall, like Bill M and many others, I largely enjoyed the argument put by Gian, albeit wishing he had used a few more facts and a little less assertion to justify his argument. Hence my view that...
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    Australia had no 'FID' pams

    but if you want I can send you a copy of 'The Division in Battle. No. 11 Pam, Counterinsurgency PM me.

    The other guys you must talk to (you probably know this) are Alex Alderson at Warminster,...
  20. Check this out

    Just back from RSA, interviewing folks and giving a few presentations to the SANDF, ISS and the Uni of KZN about COIN. Two sundays ago had a great lunch and chat with Prof Richard Wood in Kwa-Zulu...
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    OK. right............

    thanks for the clarification for a remote Aussie.
  22. yes, full agree,

    But no one said that snipers were an 'in lieu' item for effective ISTAR systems on the battlefield. In sucessful armys they are a complimentary.



    regards

    Mark
  23. Poll: As a student of Orwell, well done Rex for introducing the word 'panopy' to the fora!

    On another note, I have a lot of time for Niel's point. As a PhD candidate , definitions and terms are very , very (should I say very again?) important to framing your debate. In all honesty, I...
  24. Yes.

    Snipers shape (and destroy) , and snipers and recon inform, Both are vital at the tactical level in cOIN,

    Cheers

    Mark
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    The first post (and subsequent) whilst intriguing,

    lack context in the 'vs' , Can you elaborate?

    Thanks

    Mark
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