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    I think I recall this occurring in either the...

    I think I recall this occurring in either the late 90s or very early 00's...before 9/11 actually. I think it was spurred on by peacekeeping missions in the Balkans.
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    This would work better as an Xtranormal video. ...

    This would work better as an Xtranormal video. In fact...
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    I didn't need to click on the article, I already...

    I didn't need to click on the article, I already knew who it was.

    Long story short, yet another incident in a long string of questionable behavior. The Army was right to give him the boot.
  4. I think we also need to take a good look at the...

    I think we also need to take a good look at the "unofficial" bands out there (Yes, I'm looking at you, 82nd Airborne Chorus). These bands draw their strength from units within the 82nd, often...
  5. Keep in mind that the "Iron Major" article was...

    Keep in mind that the "Iron Major" article was written in 2008.

    With an economic downturn, drawdown in Iraq, and military personnel cuts, I doubt the gap is as wide as predicted in 2008.
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    The AT was somewhat misleading in the article...

    The AT was somewhat misleading in the article (maybe just the title). These were the findings of a study group to the CSA. These weren't the CSA's priorities.

    Still, the findings were telling.
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    Paging Dr. Rex...

    Paging Dr. Rex...
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    Pete has inspired me to pull out my copy of "With...

    Pete has inspired me to pull out my copy of "With Allenby in Palestine". This should make for a good read on another trans-Atlantic flight.
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    Been a while since I dropped by the Council. ...

    Been a while since I dropped by the Council. (Sorry to my old SWC pals for being absent) I had an essay on Lawrence in early '09 to add as well:
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    What about the conversation between Lawrence and...

    What about the conversation between Lawrence and Feisal in Feisal's tent towards the beginning of LAwrence of Arabia?

    There's also a clip where (Either Archibald Murray or Allenby?) tells Lawrence...
  11. It seems to vary by country. Switzerland...

    It seems to vary by country. Switzerland recently banned the construction of minarets.
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    I remember when we all assembled on the ground...

    I remember when we all assembled on the ground after one of our jumps (maybe Jump 3), one member of our stick said, "I ran into something wierd out there. I think there was some guy...singing and...
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    D'oh...$25 for non-members.

    D'oh...$25 for non-members.
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    Fighting counterinsurgencies in foreign countries...

    Fighting counterinsurgencies in foreign countries is always a tricky proposition. Even the British had trouble maintaining popular support and had competing strategic objectives during the American...
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    I don't know...many service members have an...

    I don't know...many service members have an affinity for T.E. Lawrence, and he was definitely the insurgent.
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    How about something that symbolizes service...

    How about something that symbolizes service members, government officials, NGOs and academics working together? Maybe have all four of them circled in a war zone, talking?
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    Poll: Be sure to check out Bing West's review of...

    Be sure to check out Bing West's review of Kilcullen's Counterinsurgency (among other books): http://www.nationalinterest.org/Article.aspx?id=23564
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    Poll: I'm glad Kilcullen qualified his work as such. ...

    I'm glad Kilcullen qualified his work as such. Its two major flaws are as follows:

    1.) Those of you who hang around the SWJ community and Tom Ricks' blog will have likely read much of the subject...
  19. Question here for the peanut gallery: Does the...

    Question here for the peanut gallery: Does the difference between insurgents in Rhodesia and those in Afghanistan depend on scale? Are we picking the right battles?

    A typical Rhodesian TTP, from...
  20. Rex: These are the million-dollar questions. ...

    Rex: These are the million-dollar questions. Let me try to investigate the RLI and Zimbabwe and find out.
  21. Rhodesian Light Infantry was a prototype airmobile QRF

    When I created a "COIN for Aviators" class, I used the example of the Rhodesian light infantry as a prime example of a rudimentary Quick Reaction Force. While some of the specifics seem to have...
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    We're quickly losing the art of reading physical...

    We're quickly losing the art of reading physical terrain after being cooped up on FOBs in the middle of vast expanses of flat desert. This seems to be apparent in the selection of low ground for...
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    I will agree--for an air assault, this is key. A...

    I will agree--for an air assault, this is key. A unit can really make some good money by practicing entering and exiting a parked aircraft a few times before the mission. Entering a helicopter in a...
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    Doors open? You bet. Seats out? That one takes...

    Doors open? You bet. Seats out? That one takes a 2-star's approval for each flight (as per AR 95-1...although we can debate specifics and exceptions). Long story short, seats out is a huge safety...
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    Additionally, an interesting intro to what should...

    Additionally, an interesting intro to what should be a great story. We flew in and out of FOB Warhorse all the time, though Baqubah had settled down considerably by the time I got there. (We used...
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