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    Double tap will bring one down, burning it with...

    Double tap will bring one down, burning it with fire will keep it down :wry:
  2. No doubt all parties involved will have twelve...

    No doubt all parties involved will have twelve months to work that out. I have my metrics set for 2013, anyone know the number for the betting office in Kabul? :D
  3. Karzai says Afghanistan to be safer once foreign troops leave

    At first I made the mistake of assuming Karzai was referring to his porous borders and the ISI.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/14/us-afghanistan-karzai-security-idUSBRE90D0AP20130114
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  4. Thread: The Way Of War

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    I bought The Prince and Sun Tzu when I was 15,...

    I bought The Prince and Sun Tzu when I was 15, been reading both once a year ever since, along with CvC and Thucydides. Still have not found many books that are not reiterations of these four...
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    The pain is nothing compared to finding a...

    The pain is nothing compared to finding a career/job. 18 months in and still nothing.



    Where do I sign up Bob's World?



    Globalization is an artifact of a neo-liberal agenda :cool: In...
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    Hard to explain, but I believe if I can develop a...

    Hard to explain, but I believe if I can develop a comprehensible toolkit/conceptual framework that will allow for a clearer separation of signal to noise and enhance our ability to connect the dots,...
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    Bob's World: reality is the best measuring stick of reason.

    Reality is the best measuring stick for theory.



    In a sense that is partly what I'm talking about. I appreciate that to literally compress time and space is still a concept in words only,...
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    Future foresight.

    The future signal to noise ratio: compression of time and space/drones/cyberwarfare/sub-orbital space warfare/human biomechanical evolution/human biological evolution/targeted...
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    In short, World War 2 lasted from September 18...

    In short, World War 2 lasted from September 18 1931 to September 2 1945. At the peak of the Cold War it would have taken less than a day to destroy the entire planet. This is what I mean by the...
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    Primarily warfare at the operational level,...

    Primarily warfare at the operational level, specifically the time/space/assets it takes to break the will of the opposing forces to fight eg: cabinet warfare->napoleonic warfare->nuclear...
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    Back on deck for the 'Asia-Pacific Century', I...

    Back on deck for the 'Asia-Pacific Century', I volunteer to go on point :)

    Question: What impact has the compression of time and space had on the level and intensity of violence during and between...
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    I'm having trouble trying to find a date as...

    I'm having trouble trying to find a date as reference for my thesis. When was the exact day and time that the Europeans defeated the 'Native Americans'?
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    J. C. Wylie :) Ha, and here I was thinking I...

    J. C. Wylie :)

    Ha, and here I was thinking I was the only person who had read and still uses Wylie. His work really opened up and leveled the conceptual playing field for me when I was working on...
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    Thanks for the imput. ...

    Thanks for the imput.



    http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/showthread.php?t=11715

    See post #16 for an outline of what I am trying to pitch for.
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    Question: Why does the level and intensity of...

    Question: Why does the level and intensity of violence change within a war and between wars in different time periods?
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    NVM: I just have a slow connection...

    NVM: I just have a slow connection...
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    Slight change to thesis: A study of classical...

    Slight change to thesis: A study of classical strategic theory focusing on Carl Von Clausewitz's, 'On War', and Mao Zedong's interpretation of 'Sun Tzu'. The thesis sets out to test the conceptual...
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    The Way Of War

    After four years I have finally nailed down a thesis:


    The Way Of War

    A study of classical strategic theory focusing on Carl Von Clausewitz's, 'On War', and Mao Zedong's interpretation of 'Sun...
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    Good point. This goes towards what is the dynamic...

    Good point. This goes towards what is the dynamic nature of the trinity during the phases of a war. Prior to roling the iron dice a good strategist should be able to identify all of the primary and...
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    I thought it was Edward Luttwak. He has written...

    I thought it was Edward Luttwak. He has written the most about the 'levels'.

    Policy->Grand Strategy -> Strategy-> Operations-> Tactics-> Technical
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    ML & Slap

    This reminds me of an anecdote from On War:

    A colleague wrote to CvC wanting advice on the final exam he was drafting for junior officers. The questions set for the exam included a number of...
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    Colin Gray's Maxim 12: "The strategist is in...

    Colin Gray's Maxim 12:

    "The strategist is in the business of currency conversion, in a context that lacks a stable rate of exchange. He or she must determine what kind of military threat or...
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    And so the superior military cuts down strategy....

    And so the superior military cuts down strategy.
    Its inferior cuts down alliances.
    Its inferior cuts down the military.
    The worst...
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    Strategy is the bridge between policy and...

    Strategy is the bridge between policy and operations.
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    CvC was building on his proposition that war is a...

    CvC was building on his proposition that war is a continuation of politics by other means through an observational account of the historical transition from 'cabinet wars' (territorial) to...
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