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    Modularity wasn't approved until 2004 and the...

    Modularity wasn't approved until 2004 and the real effects didn't even take place until 2005.

    The Active Duty Army was on the increase from 480,000 to 520,000, then up to 569,000. The Guard also...
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    The Modular BCT's were a derivative of...

    The Modular BCT's were a derivative of MacGregor's ACR concept. That concept was way too expensive for the Army to ever afford, so decisions were made as a compromise to capture the combined arms...
  3. Thread: Economic Warfare

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    Adding on to what Tequila wrote above, Lewis'...

    Adding on to what Tequila wrote above, Lewis' latest isn't bad, but it's a narrative designed to sell books and tell a part of the story, not the entire drama.

    I would have liked for him to get...
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    The rate of depletion is far faster than...

    The rate of depletion is far faster than expected.

    There have been a number of very interesting stories in the economic world over the last few months...I've been ass deep in schoolwork at SAMS...
  5. As much as I believe General Mattis is on the...

    As much as I believe General Mattis is on the right track, I also believe the current personnel system cannot produce many officers, much less Generals, who have those traits.

    If the personnel...
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    Couple of bad news stories, unfortunately: ...

    Couple of bad news stories, unfortunately:

    Social Security is running out of cash:...
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    The lost decade - job growth during the last...

    The lost decade - job growth during the last decade was stagnant.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/01/AR2010010101196.html?hpid=topnews
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    There's a clear linkage to the financial crises,...

    There's a clear linkage to the financial crises, Ken. We're talking about multi-billion dollar corporations here and now they have additional powers to influence the political process even more than...
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    All true, but I'd add the two systems reinforce...

    All true, but I'd add the two systems reinforce themselves as you see Wall St tycoons move into important positions within the Fed and vice versa. Add in the campaign donations - and Wall St firms...
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    Bill The more I read and understand about...

    Bill

    The more I read and understand about Mexico, the more I worry.
  11. Thread: Amu

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    Just received my Master's Diploma last week. ...

    Just received my Master's Diploma last week. Very good. One more to go...another five months...
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    The cartels - specifically, the Zetas - are also...

    The cartels - specifically, the Zetas - are also tapping into oil pipelines, stealing the oil, shipping it northward into the US, and then selling it to various businesses. There was a Washington...
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    Moody's has put out a rather disturbing report: ...

    Moody's has put out a rather disturbing report:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/6819470/Moodys-warns-of-social-unrest-as-sovereign-debt-spirals.html
  14. Thread: Tomorrow Morning

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    Mike You are going to have to find your inner...

    Mike

    You are going to have to find your inner peace and your peace of mind. Perhaps you've already found it, perhaps not.

    The war is going to end at some point. Whether that is in three or...
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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/65992...

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/6599281/Societe-Generale-tells-clients-how-to-prepare-for-global-collapse.html

    Very interesting story here. Hits a lot of the core issues of why this...
  16. Thread: Energy Security

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    Bill It's difficult if not foolish to try and...

    Bill

    It's difficult if not foolish to try and predict what is going to happen, but we still must try.

    You make a very good point about the grey and black (we called them shadow economies)...
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    Considering the source - an economist working for...

    Considering the source - an economist working for one of the largest banks in the world who has a track record of predictive success...take it or leave it, doesn't matter to me.

    As for oil, the...
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    Bill I don't think there are too many lessons...

    Bill

    I don't think there are too many lessons from history to apply to Mexico.

    The problems in Mexico are not unseen. Here's a list of what I found that could contribute to a collapse to...
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    Heard some very disturbing things about the...

    Heard some very disturbing things about the economy over the weekend from a reliable source in the upper echelons of the financial world:

    Gold to hit $2000 - by summer of 2010
    Oil to hit $130 a...
  20. Thread: Energy Security

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    Rick I've seen similar data from other...

    Rick

    I've seen similar data from other sources.

    The maquiladoras along the US-Mexico border just asked for the UN to deploy peacekeepers in the major cities on the Mexican side of the border.
    ...
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    I've been doing quite a bit of research on the...

    I've been doing quite a bit of research on the Mexican oil industry as part of a SAMS exercise over the last two weeks.

    Mexico is in really bad shape and it's only going to get worse.

    Their...
  22. Thread: The Army We Need

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    As someone who worked in the 50A field until 2006...

    As someone who worked in the 50A field until 2006 (when I left that arena to join the 59A squad of looters), I can tell you that your first assessment is dead on.

    Force development (how units are...
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    I was listening to the BBC News last evening when...

    I was listening to the BBC News last evening when I heard quite a remarkable claim.

    The newsreader claimed that the recession in America is over with!

    U-3 unemployment is up to 10.2%, and...
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    You have to go to the top to understand how all...

    You have to go to the top to understand how all of this emerged. A guy named General Stubblebine was the INSCOM commander in the 80's, and there is all sorts of weird stuff associated with him. The...
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    I did PT in the afternoon when I was stationed in...

    I did PT in the afternoon when I was stationed in the Beltway, and have continued this "new" found process here at Leavenweorth for the last two years.

    Usually go from 1600-1700, maybe a little...
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