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  1. I rather like your particular rearrangement of...

    I rather like your particular rearrangement of deck chairs.

    What I find interesting about the ADA cuts was that, de facto, "Gun" ADA units often provided convoy security and extra firepower in...
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    Hmm... enough of an epiphany to actually *do*...

    Hmm... enough of an epiphany to actually *do* something about it? (Besides dismantling the last heavy ACR on schedule, of course...)

    It's funny, whenever I hear of proposed changes (read:...
  3. Ah, but where is your sense of adventure? We’ll...

    Ah, but where is your sense of adventure? We’ll just attach the DivCav Squadrons to the... uh, “whatever” brigades. After all, the DivCav *was* part of the Air Combat Aviation Brigade in the old...
  4. Bonkers perhaps in the USMC, but certainly not...

    Bonkers perhaps in the USMC, but certainly not for the US Army - the USAF has its own priorities.
    Budget cuts will see to it that airpower isn't something that the Army will be able to count on...
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    The thing that I can't understand is this opposition to longer range - it's especially weird from the "we can now do more with less" crowd.

    If you have to support X number of units spread out over...
  6. OH MY GOD - That is perhaps only the second time...

    OH MY GOD - That is perhaps only the second time in recent memory that I've heard the adage that "Armies are only good at preparing for the last war". Honestly that should involve getting an award....
  7. I've worked on enough simulations to know that...

    I've worked on enough simulations to know that you can basically "simulate" any way you want to achieve the pre-ordained "results" that you have been told to get. Not to disagree or agree with the...
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    Heh, when I design a rifle company, I end up with...

    Heh, when I design a rifle company, I end up with 180ish personnel.
    USMC Rifle Co's clock in at what, just over 180?
    Army Rifle Co's are (with FO's and medics) just under 150.

    I don't know that...
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    Sorry to be a pain, SFC W, but when was the last...

    Sorry to be a pain, SFC W, but when was the last time that Big Army was sold on ANYTHING?

    Big Army has kinda wanted the Stryker /LAV IIIs since 1982, when they were going to maybe equip some parts...
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    Viewed in a certain light, it is almost comical...

    Viewed in a certain light, it is almost comical (and at the risk of not putting enough thought into it):

    The US Army uses the word "deployability", in roughly the same way a panic-stricken student...
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    Whoa, we (the Army) have paid an shockingly HIGH...

    Whoa, we (the Army) have paid an shockingly HIGH price for fixating on C-130 "deployability". We've spent what, millions? billions? on trying to shoe-horn the Stryker, and then the FCS, into an...
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    Something that has always interested me... To...

    Something that has always interested me...

    To answer (part of) the original question, there appears to be a some research evidence that indicates something like 150 people should be the maximum...
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    Heh, while we are off-topic, I have to thank you...

    Heh, while we are off-topic, I have to thank you for that quote, Steve (and JKM_101_FSO).

    I end up using it on at least a twice-weekly basis - it's just so... accurate...
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    I should have clarified what I meant by "not...

    I should have clarified what I meant by "not enough infantry" - I mean that, as a percentage of the total force, there aren't enough. I see numbers assigned to headquarters staffs increasing...
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    Little excerpt from the Washington Post ("U.S. to...

    Little excerpt from the Washington Post ("U.S. to Raise 'Irregular War' Capabilities")


    Hmmm... no mention of more infantry, or training them for the types of ops that the Sergeant suggests, or...
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    "Conventional "legacy" Army organizations,...

    "Conventional "legacy" Army organizations, designed to fight
    under uncertain conditions, proved critical in Operation
    Anaconda in Afghanistan in March 2002 and in the attack into
    Baghdad a ...
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    Whoa, whoa, there Ken, the process only sliced...

    Whoa, whoa, there Ken, the process only sliced TOEs to the bone for Infantry (and Cavalry). Some other branches (most notably Military Intelligence) have seen their representation consistently...
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    I work with some Marine Cannon-cockers. I'll...

    I work with some Marine Cannon-cockers. I'll have to ask that specific question.
    The perenial problem of (US) artillery is keeping up with maneuver (both a function of the speed of mechanized...
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    Wilf, I have definitely been wondering that...

    Wilf, I have definitely been wondering that myself (as someone who "grew up" in the US Army system of a squad leader, and two fire teams to a squad, each with a team leader).

    One Fire-Team Leader?...
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    To answer your question, I believe that the 3rd...

    To answer your question, I believe that the 3rd ACR has not, and will not actually transition to the BCT org. I will have to double-check that one, though. That they were ever going to was perhaps...
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    I have to agree with Ken. However, I would point...

    I have to agree with Ken. However, I would point out that, as young Field Artillery officers "grow up" in the BCT's, they will be much more "in tune" with their maneuver counterparts, so that aspect...
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    In the Cav, I ran admin, ammo, maintenance, fuel,...

    In the Cav, I ran admin, ammo, maintenance, fuel, etc for a battery. Worked perfectly - OC's from other (standard) units were quite jealous of the support that we had all to ourselves. If it...
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    Interesting paper. While I agree with the...

    Interesting paper. While I agree with the spirit, I take issue with some of the suggestions.

    One thing that I find endlessly infuriating is the supposition that somehow you "need" battalion and...
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    At the risk of resurrecting a thread... I think...

    At the risk of resurrecting a thread... I think that there is an important element being overlooked in this discussion - the actual combat portion of the "learning curve" which we seem, in spite of...
  25. I can see quite a bit of farce in that document,...

    I can see quite a bit of farce in that document, and I am of the "high intesity" warfare mindset.

    My favorite:
    In the "backup" section, under RSTA squadron, the first mission includes the words...
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