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Forum: Global Issues & Threats 02-25-2011
Replies: 323
Views: 89,589
Posted By Global Scout
Can anyone explain this?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41770667/ns/world_news-the_new_york_times/



Are we going back to the days of take the hill, then give it back to the enemy so we can take it again? This region has...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 01-10-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 11,955
Posted By Global Scout
That is what we have been saying

Good article, and it supports many of previous assessments.
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 12-25-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 15,531
Posted By Global Scout
Covert Action?

Posted by Slapout,



that is definitely part of it, and a reason the population centric approach alone won't work. You won't defeat the ISI in the villages of Afghanistan. There is also the...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 12-24-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 15,531
Posted By Global Scout
Where does it state that COIN requires a...

Where does it state that COIN requires a functioning government? If you buy into Bob's World's arguments then the conditions were set for insurgency because the State wasn't functioning well to begin...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 11-25-2010
Replies: 550
Views: 225,385
Posted By Global Scout
Bigger incidents, but

Ken,

I agree with you, especially since the facts support your argument. There have been many larger incidents over the years to include political assassination attempts, major north Korean SOF...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 11-18-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 26,560
Posted By Global Scout
As we all know this is not new, not even close to...

As we all know this is not new, not even close to being new. The fact that isn't new doesn't distract from the growing importance of bio-metrics, but let's not forget we have methods for identifying...
Forum: Miscellaneous Goings On 11-05-2010
Replies: 160
Views: 79,425
Posted By Global Scout
Chris as you know, technology constantly evolves...

Chris as you know, technology constantly evolves and how we decide to adapt or employ it enhances (or detracts) from our ability to do our job, but it doesn't define our purpose and we're clearly not...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 11-01-2010
Replies: 1,056
Views: 362,677
Posted By Global Scout
Poverty may equate to stability

I agree with the first part of your assessment that poverty is not the leading cause for insurgencies, that is simply a figment of liberal imagination. In some cases it may argued that poverty...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 10-31-2010
Replies: 932
Views: 277,283
Posted By Global Scout
Limits of non-Clausewitz views

I'm a big advocate for expanding our view and doctrine for conflict, but to be frank I have been very disappointed with all the new ideas since 9/11 that have gotten us no where (it takes a network...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 10-30-2010
Replies: 1,056
Views: 362,677
Posted By Global Scout
We'll agree on the danger that major corporations...

We'll agree on the danger that major corporations present, and large media companies like Fox, CNN, CBS do more to shape public opinion and identity than the White House. I like that the idea that...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 10-30-2010
Replies: 1,056
Views: 362,677
Posted By Global Scout
What unifies a nation

Appreciate Bob's assist, numerous studies have indicated that poverty does not cause rebellions, that is simply one of the many rallying lines employed by those rebelling. Leaders count, because...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 10-30-2010
Replies: 1,056
Views: 362,677
Posted By Global Scout
Define successful

I think there are a lot of variables that need to considered, clearly the U.S. and the U.K. were victorious in WWII, but can the same be said about France, the Philippines, China, Burma, Italy, etc.?...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 10-29-2010
Replies: 1,056
Views: 362,677
Posted By Global Scout
where has poverty ever been the cause for...

where has poverty ever been the cause for rebellion?
Forum: Europe 10-25-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 19,596
Posted By Global Scout
Graycap, I'm not so sure this topic is...

Graycap,

I'm not so sure this topic is derailing the thread, but if you feel it is I think it would be worthwhile to start a thread discussing this. I'm shocked by the inefficiency of police in...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 10-25-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 16,748
Posted By Global Scout
Assuming that beheading dead Taliban was...

Assuming that beheading dead Taliban was authorized (just exploring an idea here), what good would come out of it?

What would the psychological (if any) impact be on the Taliban? Would they be...
Forum: Europe 10-25-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 19,596
Posted By Global Scout
Italian problem set

Posted by Graycap,



Graycap, thanks for this post. Italy has always fascinated me. In the north you have a very modern and successful society, while in the south you something that looks like...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 10-12-2010
Replies: 944
Views: 323,567
Posted By Global Scout
Jedburgh, that's a polite way of saying the...

Jedburgh, that's a polite way of saying the system is broke. I love my analysts, but the bottom line is they can't tell me what I need to know. I get better intell from the operators, intell...
Forum: Trigger Puller 10-12-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 14,118
Posted By Global Scout
USMC-03 posted Running 3 miles in...

USMC-03 posted



Running 3 miles in around 20 minutes represents a high level of fitness (but as you stated, it definitely does make you an elite runner). However, you can't automatically...
Forum: Catch-All, Military Art & Science 10-08-2010
Replies: 64
Views: 46,095
Posted By Global Scout
Ken, you're so right on this one, the 3:1...

Ken, you're so right on this one, the 3:1 madness that has polluted our thinking is destroying a lot of good options. The 3:1 metric was designed for a frontal assault against a peer enemy, so if...
Forum: Trigger Puller 10-08-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 14,118
Posted By Global Scout
Posted by Bob, As long as we have the...

Posted by Bob,



As long as we have the pencil neck generals we'll have a geek PT test. I remember when we had the excessive push to have photo op boys who were very lean, but couldn't do squat...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 10-07-2010
Replies: 101
Views: 32,857
Posted By Global Scout
legal pursuit to do what?

this is only true in some cases, in others you're damn right there is no legal means for a minority to establish a communist form of government or implement Shari'a law. In your view the government...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 10-06-2010
Replies: 101
Views: 32,857
Posted By Global Scout
All quotes are from Bob, You’re trying...

All quotes are from Bob,



You’re trying to redefine war as strictly an activity between States which in my view is very close minded and worse doesn’t conform to reality. Al Qaeda is an...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 10-05-2010
Replies: 101
Views: 32,857
Posted By Global Scout
COIN is war, FID isn't

Posted by Bob,



Bob, I understand where you're going with this, but I disagree. If we can agree on the nature of war as an armed dual, I don't even think all the entities need to be States. ...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 10-05-2010
Replies: 101
Views: 32,857
Posted By Global Scout
There are many who participate in the SWJ...

There are many who participate in the SWJ discussions more qualified than I to give the "correct" book answer, but in my view and losely paraphrasing Clausewitz the essential nature of war is that it...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 10-05-2010
Replies: 101
Views: 32,857
Posted By Global Scout
War is War

Michael,

The war is war statement you often hear repeated isn't from an anti-intellectual crowd. I think if you research the origins of it more closely you'll find that those who propose this...
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