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    Sea Dragon

    I believe you are thinking of the USMC Warfighting Laboratory's series of experiments. The overarching process of experimentation, named ‘Sea Dragon’, was a Five-Year Plan of advanced concept-based...
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    For the record, and to answer some of the above...

    For the record, and to answer some of the above questions, the concepts for the Stryker Force (aka Shinseki’s Interim Force) emerged in late 1999, in part due to the Task Force Hawk debacle during...
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    Carl, I would recommend Keith B. Bickel, Mars...

    Carl,

    I would recommend Keith B. Bickel, Mars Learning: The Marine Corp’s Development of Small Wars Doctrine, 1915-1940 (2000) as possibly of interest to you. Focus's more on the institutional...
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    RVM, I come more than a bit late to this, as you...

    RVM, I come more than a bit late to this, as you have already received a heap of good advice. So, I would only add that there are more beltway bandits (errr, policy shops) around DC than it is...
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    Jcustis - Gaddis did indeed understand before the...

    Jcustis - Gaddis did indeed understand before the invasion the 'democracy domino' theory at play. Not surprising as he is very astute (and always worth reading vice US strategy), plus this goal was,...
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    Part doh

    Onwards....

    G) Then add to this that having the US military parked in Baghdad posed a serious threat to Iran and Syria – the US military only had to turn left or right, after the rather compelling...
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    Back to jcustis' original post...

    jcustis - any answer to your question(s) relating to why the US (or the Bush admin) invaded Iraq is complicated, not least as most if not all of the main Bush admin decision makers almost certainly...
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    Hmmmm.

    Any number of issues and points have been left hanging in the discussion so far. Eric has made a very good effort to address some them (my understanding that 4GW was aimed specifically at Marines,...
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    Do Biddle & Friedman mischaracterize Hoffman?

    I do not want to put words in Hoffman's mouth but strongly concur that Biddle does not capture correctly Hoffmans def'n or his idea of the spectrum. FH decidely is not arguing that warfare will...
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    Yet more previous discussion on 4GW....

    ..is interspersed amongst with discussion of Man Warfare, on the 'Boyd and Lind Rebuttal' thread located at

    http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/showthread.php?t=4534

    IIRC, many of the issues...
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    British EBA?

    davidfpo,

    The Effects Based Approach reportedly appears to have disappeared in in Joint Doctrine Publication 0-01, British Defence Doctrine (3rd Edition), dated Aug 2008. EBA used to be found...
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    Ken, thank you for your useful observations. I...

    Ken, thank you for your useful observations. I am familiar with the Bradley story, and am aware of the influence of politics and relationship on procurement decisions (indeed, I think it safe to say...
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    173d Airborne Brigade

    Correct as always. Mea culpa. I had the 82nd on my brain when I was typing.....:o

    I do know that 'commander's' etc do lobby for particular forces to be used for parochial reasons, just not all...
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    Certain Victory

    Rats! I would not mind paying for a copy if you at least got a drink out of it. :( Nonetheless, thank you for letting me know it is available on-line (don't know how I missed it) I will get round...
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    The possibility of 'Heavy - Light parochiality'...

    The possibility of 'Heavy - Light parochiality' is an interesting observation, and one that I will have to keep a keen eye out for (it speaks to intra-service 'tribal culture'). I have no doubt that...
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    You are of course correct (when are you not?). ...

    You are of course correct (when are you not?). My memory is not what it used to be and I forgot about this 'reinforcement'. Thank you for your point about the AT munitions shortage.



    I hope...
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    I have been following this thread with some...

    I have been following this thread with some interest.

    Your post, Reed, captures the issue that the Army seeming has been grappling with since 1991/2 very well (and it touches on an important...
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    'Remote' is relative concept. I doubt anyone...

    'Remote' is relative concept. I doubt anyone thinks an invasion or threat thereof is impossible. But, remember, in the late 1990s and early part of this decade the only plausible threat was...
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    Fuchs, allow me to take a short stab at answering...

    Fuchs, allow me to take a short stab at answering your question, for as Ken rightly notes, ‘everyone is doing it’. I have had the good fortune to lead a team of researchers that looked at seven...
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    I never perceived the possible opportunities that crossed my path as obstacles to my academic career, but then I am a poli scientist, not a technologist, so our situations are different. Gov’t work...
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    Interesting. Any discussions I have had never got anywhere near the points you both mention, but it would seem that it comes down to Rex’s earlier point.



    That this is the way the situation...
  22. I'm with John on this one

    Based on my experience as a Canuck academic working on US security issues, John’s explanation is spot on. My work on the US military (and other militaries) is by necessity based in part on...
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    Steve’s question has been bugging me, so I have...

    Steve’s question has been bugging me, so I have done a bit of digging around my e-files. As far as I can find, I was completely wrong :( suggesting that Denmark may have contributed SOF forces...
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    Wilf, Kudos to you for admitting you are...

    Wilf,

    Kudos to you for admitting you are thinking over your earlier position and 'may' change your mind.

    Very unlike a former senior US admin official and general that Steve has...
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    To digress wildly from the main topic of this thread….

    I mean no offence, Van, but your comment invokes an all too common misperception that I feel compelled to rectify. I am being overly pedantic here, but Art 5 does not require that, if invoked, all...
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