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    excellent developement

    A definite step in the right direction:)
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    you are not alone

    To paraphrase
    multiple authors

    Iraq, Afganistan, and other failed state/ Civil conflicts are usually generational in duration 15-25 yr before the world opinion/press bequeaths stability status. ...
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    BC security

    The security around a battalion CO is necessary on multiple levels. The security detail often functions as a squad does around its leader. The men understand or should understand that their...
  4. well taken excellent post

    ;)Our armed forces need to understand that such activity is potentially critical through out all ranks and support elements. Engineers. logistcs medical etc. Our allies old and new expect it and...
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    Yinling again

    Was not this the major thrust of Col Yinglings article?
    The very delema Mcmaster finds himself in.

    Though I do not think congressional oversite is the best answer because they can only approve or...
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    update rules of engagement

    The air and other coalition ambulance crews typically offer care and transport for eval but sometimes people do not accept for multiple reasons scared of US , scared of New Iraqi Army or...
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    head in the sand

    I must say I had not considered the kidnapping aspect and ransom market.

    As late as 2006 it was widely briefed in military medicine that the Iraqi medical community was robust and ready to take...
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    Medical situation in Iraq

    Updated link is http://discovermagazine.com/2007/aug/iraq2019s

    This is a repost to possibly a more appropriate community from the catch all OIF threadline and now I have the link above to the...
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    better Q might be where should his influence have ended

    Boyd seems excellent in fighter tactics and strategy but the central analogy when applied to forces of size seems to hold only when one faces a rational enemy who above all wishes to preserve the...
  10. officer burn rate and rotation rate are inversly proportional

    Accountability in fast combat rotation schedules (2 months, 4 months , 6 months 9 months 12 months out to 15 months after extension) amounts to a snap shot and there are some stand outs at either...
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    we are in this together!

    Wake Island
    The civilians gave good account.

    Civilians in Iraq now pay dearly.

    Multiple conscript Forces in our Nations not so distant past have given well and succesfully.

    This is not an...
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    Who' Mission?

    What will the umbrella organization look like?

    This seems like a Dept of State mission in some ways and a military mission in others. ??? Civil affairs work with Agricultural, Police,...
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    It is the one he does not see he truly fears

    I like your choice in police pics. Plain cloths cops for insurgents is even more unnerving.
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    FBI ATF Local Law etc.

    The whole point of not disbanding the army is to gain control of all the lists and I mean pleural (people, equipment,arms, etc)and even then to continue paying the officers and men rather than send...
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    I did not Realize

    The LA Times could spin me and others up this easily.
    And their primary goal is to sell the paper.

    Would people buy the paper if the Title was "Foreign service personel has concern for staffing...
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    I see very little temporary in the specific but...

    I see very little temporary in the specific but globally distributed situations in front of us.

    I have been reading about FDR and a swiss general Guisan. In the years prior to US involvement FDR...
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    18% seems like an over dramatization. At core...

    18% seems like an over dramatization.

    At core it is fundamentally a leadership problem. The mid-level career officers seem to be attempting to weather through their appointed masters tenures...
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    pay

    If DOD is a an example

    You do get paid more in DC.
    I came from Europe with a very high COLA
    The higher BAH in DC More than makes up the difference
  19. Thanks for the post

    Dear Mr Odom and Fischel

    I do not have the back ground you gentlemen do but the point of organizational adaptiveness and learning is painfully evident with in my own subspeacialty both in theatre...
  20. no argument there but the noise is loud

    Response to last Iron horse post

    In certain organizations there are things acceptable to complain about like things which are the understood responsibility of another organization. When the...
  21. results fall to the average

    Tom nailed it

    It is leadership!

    I really think the high rotation rate of personel in and out of theatre hurts us more than we know and more than we want to admit. Particularly in the...
  22. Objectivity

    If we do not listen we should not be surprized at inadequate results.

    The DOS guys are saying (though admittedly in a whine) that the lack of security is affecting their performance and staff...
  23. Discussion and Dissent

    LTC Yinglings article seems to be at its core an honest question about how the DOD grows leaders. I think many of the posts have focused far to much on career effect of bringing up the question. If...
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    great site! unfortunately grim and unwieldly...

    great site!
    unfortunately grim and unwieldly options when developed

    Thanks Sir
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    XDR-TB real threat

    Multi-drug if not all drugs resistent Tuberculosis.

    currently XDR-TB is present in 37 countries. 50 % who contract it will die and AIDS endemic countries will suffer most.

    Medicine sans...
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