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Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 1 Day Ago
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We need aptitude far more than skills. The role...

We need aptitude far more than skills. The role of Special Forces is not to fix broken governance, but rather to understand and leverage the energy that broken governance generates within the...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 2 Days Ago
Replies: 61
Views: 2,386
Posted By Bob's World
Nations are rarely at war, which is not the same...

Nations are rarely at war, which is not the same as an absence of conflict. The US has not been at war since 1945 - but we often have troops engaged in various conflicts here or there. Heck, we...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 3 Days Ago
Replies: 61
Views: 2,386
Posted By Bob's World
Reorganization is what military leaders do when...

Reorganization is what military leaders do when they know things aren't as good as they could be, but have no real idea what the problem is or how to fix it.

A couple of "simple" fixes:

1. We...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 3,922
Posted By Bob's World
"Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" - fortunately...

"Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" - fortunately for the US we have a great "fence" between us and China. What is really at risk is US Influence relative to China's. We need to trust more in the...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 3,922
Posted By Bob's World
Bill, I ran across and read that...

Bill,

I ran across and read that yesterday. Very important indeed. The quote that came to mind for me is "I drank your milkshake."

In the movie "There will be Blood" (note, this is my...
Forum: Law Enforcement 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 3,846
Posted By Bob's World
Numbers need to be normalized for size of...

Numbers need to be normalized for size of population.

Also very important to note, is that "Suicide by Cop" is a very popular form of suicide in the US, in which case it is the police officer, not...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 5,121
Posted By Bob's World
The UK has always possessed a much more realistic...

The UK has always possessed a much more realistic appreciation of geo-strategy than the US. I suspect they are also a bit weary of being dragged into an endless string of US-led foreign...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 05-25-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 5,197
Posted By Bob's World
One cannot train a soldier to fight for what he...

One cannot train a soldier to fight for what he does not believe in.

We always want to make these things objective and measureable. Create a government. Check. Create a military. Check. Employ...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 05-17-2015
Replies: 443
Views: 113,268
Posted By Bob's World
Fair point. Crowd sourced discussions enjoy an...

Fair point. Crowd sourced discussions enjoy an agility that staid academic peer-review processes cannot compete with.

I suspect the peer-review process also slows the ability to get new ideas...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 05-17-2015
Replies: 443
Views: 113,268
Posted By Bob's World
We've been talking about ISIS as the government...

We've been talking about ISIS as the government of the de facto Sunni Arab state for months now. No news there. All this says is that Dave reads SWJ too...
Forum: Middle East 05-17-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,227
Posted By Bob's World
Few US foreign relationships have been more...

Few US foreign relationships have been more dysfunctional and out of date/balance in recent years than those with Israel and the KSA. There will be a bit of back and forth until we find a new...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 05-13-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 2,887
Posted By Bob's World
If we bump with China, I would be very surprised...

If we bump with China, I would be very surprised indeed if there was not significant action in both space and cyber. These are domains we both compete within and build capabilities either designed...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 05-08-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 2,887
Posted By Bob's World
Nations do not expand their sovereignty based on...

Nations do not expand their sovereignty based on legal merit (particularly when what is legal or illegal is largely established by their opponents). Nations expand their sovereignty when they...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 05-07-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 5,197
Posted By Bob's World
Democracy has four fundamental components: 1....

Democracy has four fundamental components:
1. Political in primary purpose,
2. Population - based,
3. Internal to a single system of governance, &
4. Legal in form.

Revolutionary insurgency...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 05-07-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 5,197
Posted By Bob's World
We will never get better at COIN, until we first...

We will never get better at COIN, until we first get better at our understanding of insurgency.
Revolution, internal to a single system and non-war; resistance, the continuation of warfare by an...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 05-07-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 5,197
Posted By Bob's World
Internal revolution, illegal politics, to coerce...

Internal revolution, illegal politics, to coerce change upon or to force out some existing domestic system of governance, is indeed timeless. The specific approaches developed by Mao in China, and...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 05-04-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 5,197
Posted By Bob's World
Bill, Of course it was phase three of the...

Bill,

Of course it was phase three of the insurgency that consolidated Vietnam. North and South "states" were a Western fiction created in the midst of an ongoing movement to liberate the whole...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 05-02-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,215
Posted By Bob's World
You wrote about AQI, That is what I...

You wrote about AQI,

That is what I responded to in regards to Iraq. We brought AQ to Iraq when we invaded. You add that we also facilitated AQ to gain an earlier toe hold with our no-fly zone....
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 05-01-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 5,197
Posted By Bob's World
Broad indeed. But not too broad. Please...

Broad indeed. But not too broad.

Please give me an example of where this has worked?
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 05-01-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,215
Posted By Bob's World
Pay your taxes yet Bill?? :-) To a few of...

Pay your taxes yet Bill?? :-)

To a few of your points:

1. Saddam, being a grand master of SOIN, there was no such thing as AQI until we took him out and attempted to replace him with an even...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 05-01-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,215
Posted By Bob's World
Bill, Your three examples make my point. ...

Bill,

Your three examples make my point. In each of those cases the government defeated the insurgent, but in so doing only served to suppress the symptoms of insurgency for a short time,...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 05-01-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 5,197
Posted By Bob's World
A power that creates and protects a government in...

A power that creates and protects a government in some foreign place, cannot create a security force to effectively secure that de facto illegitimate government against some challenger who's forces...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 04-30-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,215
Posted By Bob's World
Bill, I need one example. Sure, insurgencies...

Bill, I need one example. Sure, insurgencies have been suppressed for a decade or two quite often by a government that remains uncoerced and set on sustaining its oppressive ways, but those...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 04-29-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,215
Posted By Bob's World
Successful COIN demands first and foremost that...

Successful COIN demands first and foremost that the population/populations where the revolutionary energy is the strongest, perceive themselves to have a viable political alternative to that which...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 04-29-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,215
Posted By Bob's World
Ok, now we are diverging into a couple of...

Ok, now we are diverging into a couple of distinct issues. Both important, but clearly distinct.

First, strategy for successful COIN. More accurately for the US, strategy for successful support...
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