SMALL WARS COUNCIL
Go Back   Small Wars Council > Search Forums

Showing results 1 to 25 of 200
Search took 0.55 seconds.
Search: Posts Made By: Red Rat
Forum: Middle East 01-23-2017
Replies: 344
Views: 88,870
Posted By Red Rat
The Rapid Response Division (Federal Police) did...

The Rapid Response Division (Federal Police) did better than expected in Fallujah, but the Coalition footprint with it is limited and with that there is a lack of understanding of its capabilities. ...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 12-02-2016
Replies: 54
Views: 56,706
Posted By Red Rat
Hybrid War or Gibridnaya Voina? Getting Russia’s non-linear military challenge right

A new report that I spotted today will be of interest to those on this thread:

"Hybrid War or Gibridnaya Voina? Getting Russia’s non-linear military challenge right"

The executive summary...
Forum: Middle East 12-02-2016
Replies: 219
Views: 81,060
Posted By Red Rat
The question should be "Does the Iraqi State have...

The question should be "Does the Iraqi State have sufficient CTS for a long "meat grinder" battle for Mosul?"

In Baiji, Ramadi and Fallujah the CTS (ISOF) did the breach and initial clear, other...
Forum: Middle East 04-02-2016
Replies: 219
Views: 81,060
Posted By Red Rat
It's largely rubbish. The Kurds are actively...

It's largely rubbish.

The Kurds are actively briefing against the Iraqis for a number of reasons. Are the Kurds short of weaponry? Yes, but the Iraqis are in exactly the same position as the...
Forum: Military - Other 04-02-2016
Replies: 254
Views: 165,056
Posted By Red Rat
They might be arguments

They might be arguments, but they certainly do not reflect my concerns.

1) Women are physically inferior to men. Not a serious argument that I have heard put forward. Women are however...
Forum: Military - Other 03-29-2016
Replies: 254
Views: 165,056
Posted By Red Rat
Because societies go to war in a manner which...

Because societies go to war in a manner which reflects both the society and their aims in the conflict. You cannot expect a society to fight in a way that is foreign to that society. At the very...
Forum: Military - Other 03-26-2016
Replies: 254
Views: 165,056
Posted By Red Rat
I quite agree that this is not just about combat...

I quite agree that this is not just about combat effectiveness. The way a military fights reflects the society it comes from and what that society aspires to be. I just see no hard evidence that...
Forum: Military - Other 03-17-2016
Replies: 254
Views: 165,056
Posted By Red Rat
That's one hell of an assertion. Would you like...

That's one hell of an assertion. Would you like to back that up with evidence? I have not seen any significant moral or philosophical contributions to the debate, nor have I seen any serious...
Forum: Historians 03-14-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 20,295
Posted By Red Rat
We can compare reviews as I have started on my...

We can compare reviews as I have started on my copy. I have enjoyed what little I have skimmed through so far. Conspicuously absent from the aforesaid book is the Indian Police Service an area that...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 03-14-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 21,740
Posted By Red Rat
Indeed that book is sitting on my shelves beside...

Indeed that book is sitting on my shelves beside my desk, as yet unopened, although the book The Police In War...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 03-13-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 21,740
Posted By Red Rat
Many Thanks

Many thanks to John Bertetto, DavidBFPO and others for the responses, both on this forum and via other means.

Although partnering is well understood after the experience of OEF and OIF the...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 03-07-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 21,740
Posted By Red Rat
John, Thanks for your comments. I am not a...

John,

Thanks for your comments. I am not a Law Enforcement professional, so I found them insightful and certainly food for some follow up work.

When a unit attends the National Training...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 03-06-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 21,740
Posted By Red Rat
Assessing the Police

The context of this RFI is a planning project concerning Security Force Assistance (SFA) with the Iraqi Police.

The Joint Center for Security Force Assistance (https://jcisfa.jcs.mil/) Planners...
Forum: Europe 01-25-2016
Replies: 259
Views: 246,818
Posted By Red Rat
Of course it is recent accounting innovation to...

Of course it is recent accounting innovation to bring Trident into the core defence budget. Previous nuclear programmes were kept separate simply because while their strategic utility was not...
Forum: Middle East 01-25-2016
Replies: 219
Views: 81,060
Posted By Red Rat
That's not to the contrary - that's almost...

That's not to the contrary - that's almost exactly what I said! :D

The Iraqi Army was always very fond of artillery and that has not changed as far as I can see. As in the Saddam era army, their...
Forum: Middle East 01-20-2016
Replies: 219
Views: 81,060
Posted By Red Rat
The Hashd have proved incapable of clearing...

The Hashd have proved incapable of clearing complex terrain without incurring large casualties or using egregious amounts of indirect fire. I cannot see that changing quickly.

I get no sense from...
Forum: Middle East 01-19-2016
Replies: 219
Views: 81,060
Posted By Red Rat
Good report. The conflict in Iraq appears to...

Good report.

The conflict in Iraq appears to be entering a new phase with ISIL on the operational defence and resorting to increasing use of asymmetric tactics. These tactics disrupt and delay...
Forum: Middle East 01-18-2016
Replies: 219
Views: 81,060
Posted By Red Rat
The attack appeared to be targeted against senior...

The attack appeared to be targeted against senior PMF figures.

ISIL seems to be trying to stoke sectarian tensions further as the tide of conventional war flows against it. Considering the...
Forum: Europe 12-05-2015
Replies: 259
Views: 246,818
Posted By Red Rat
Well they should not be profound. Countries are...

Well they should not be profound. Countries are always in a state of permanent competition, to think otherwise is dangerously nave.

I echo General Houghton's comments on constraints as to the...
Forum: Europe 12-05-2015
Replies: 259
Views: 246,818
Posted By Red Rat
Rip Van Winkle Awakes

I am Rip Van Winkle.

I return to the wider world after some time away to discover that the UK has declared war. At least one would think so judging by both the debate in parliament and the media...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 11-11-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 21,867
Posted By Red Rat
Thanks for the suggestions. I have ordered a...

Thanks for the suggestions.

I have ordered a couple of books as well:

What Happened To The Iraqi Police?...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 11-10-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 21,867
Posted By Red Rat
Policing in the Middle East

I am after recommendations for reading on the policing culture and norms in the Middle East.

I saw some good point on the (closed) 2008 thread Policing in Combat...
Forum: Europe 06-08-2015
Replies: 259
Views: 246,818
Posted By Red Rat
I am not convinced that the UK now retains a...

I am not convinced that the UK now retains a realistic appreciation of geo-strategy outside of academia. Certainly it has been widely noted by many ( House of Commons Defence Committee...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 02-27-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 87,689
Posted By Red Rat
Sacred Violence

Sacred Violence: Political Religion in a Secular Age (http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/sacred-violence-david-martin-jones/?K=9781137328076)

Taken from the book's introduction:

"This book...
Forum: Europe 02-24-2015
Replies: 259
Views: 246,818
Posted By Red Rat
I would be surprised if there were not steps to...

I would be surprised if there were not steps to address the lack of a follow-on division. Certainly the troops are there in number, although not currently in configuration. What would be needed...
Showing results 1 to 25 of 200

 
Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 10:09 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9. ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Registered Users are solely responsible for their messages.
Operated by, and site design © 2005-2009, Small Wars Foundation