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    Training for 300 vs 500

    I read the paper. It seems to me that with a combination of 'battle zero' and the fundamentals of marksmanship (stance, grip, sight alignment, sight picture, breath control, trigger control and...
  2. Training for 300 vs 500

    I read the paper. It seems to me that with a combination of 'battle zero' and the fundamentals of marksmanship (stance, grip, sight alignment, sight picture, breath control, trigger control and...
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    Let me see if I'm following what you're saying,...

    Let me see if I'm following what you're saying, Ken.

    The shooter should apply the fundamentals of marksmanship even in situations where the enemy cannot be directly seen. You may be aiming at...
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    How many rounds to train?

    Ken White,

    You talked about training shooters to hit targets at 500m. How much ammunition did that require? What methodology did the trainers use?
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    I'll bite. The urban environment offers a...

    I'll bite. The urban environment offers a concentrated population which may make providing security easier - i.e. you don't have dozens of scattered villages to protect. It may also simplify some...
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    Either/Or?

    Why not issue both a full power rifle and an assault rifle? Everyone seems to be in absolute agreement that you have to select one single caliber to issue to the entire squad.

    WWII infantry used...
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    Palestinian War Crimes?

    Since Hamas is in government shouldn't there be an investigation into whether the targetting of their rocket systems complies with the laws of war? How about their use of fighters wearing civilian...
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    I think the alternative is a three team squad,...

    I think the alternative is a three team squad, which has twice the potential for suppression all other things being equal, or a two squad "section." Wilf's "fire team group" potentially offers both...
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    Assuming that you don't need the belt feed...

    Assuming that you don't need the belt feed ability of M249 often enough to justify the weight, complexity and extra maintenance. . . Should the automatic rifle fire the same round as the assault...
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    There's more to a weapon than the cyclic rate,...

    There's more to a weapon than the cyclic rate, muzzle velocity and carried weight. Before the M249, there was an attempt to use an M16A1 with a bipod as the squad automatic rifle.

    Machine guns...
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    The "small ticket" items don't have major defense...

    The "small ticket" items don't have major defense contractors lobbying every single legislator for it.
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    Could the requirement to drop 60mm mortars been a...

    Could the requirement to drop 60mm mortars been a poison pill by the treasury board to force the army to give up the grenade launchers?
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    That's all the more reason for a study. The...

    That's all the more reason for a study. The typical effects of weight and marching may not be empirical, but ability to run a simulated battle or obstacle course should be pretty clearly affected if...
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    It seems to me that quite often you're only going...

    It seems to me that quite often you're only going to get one crack at a fleeting enemy. Even in more open field fighting vagaries of terrain and relative position may only give one guy in the team a...
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    There's no magic formula to victory in battle or...

    There's no magic formula to victory in battle or warfare. Any enemy who possesses the will to battle won't rest until he finds a way to hinder your plans and kill your soldiers.

    Perhaps the...
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    It's been a while since I read the article, but I...

    It's been a while since I read the article, but I took Cordesman to be referring to Hezbollah's infantry forces. That is, describing the threat of cheaply upgraded enemy infantry to a mechanized...
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    Our available resources are going to have to...

    Our available resources are going to have to determine the national strategy and not the other way around.

    Personally, I think we're better off with an Army that is shorthanded but populated by...
  18. Dean Langdell of the Harvard Law School converted...

    Dean Langdell of the Harvard Law School converted legal education from a bachelor's degree (the LL.B.) to a three year graduate degree (the J.D.) in the 19th century in order to raise the level of...
  19. Ken, Would it help to raise standards of...

    Ken,

    Would it help to raise standards of physical fitness, marksmanship, etc? How about rotating transport and maintenance personnel, etc through combat arms?

    It seems like people don't join...
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    What about adding some long range fire into the...

    What about adding some long range fire into the mix? Didn't the red army have platoons armed with nothing but submachine guns supported by a rifle and mg armed group? The ballistic characteristics...
  21. It seems to me that the authors were just...

    It seems to me that the authors were just assuming that this specialized force would be 1) ready when needed for a future conflict, 2) available at the time and 3) in the right area with its...
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    Pardon my ignorance, but

    Wilf,

    What is the core concept of the Regimental System?

    and

    What are the pitfalls in terms of modern soldiering?
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    Separate Concern

    Does anyone here think that providing an armored capability to current units would result in their being used as elite infantry?

    This happened to US Ranger forces during WWII as I recall. The...
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    Kind/Quality

    I think the resistance to this idea comes from the fact that Special Operations units are different in kind from regular units and not just in quality.

    A regular army sergeant who is the strongest...
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    Missiles are great in their place (and we should...

    Missiles are great in their place (and we should have and use more of them), but for close air support there is nothing like a human pilot on the scene.

    Missiles can have long lead times beween...
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