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Forum: TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference 03-06-2010
Replies: 247
Views: 214,865
Posted By Rob Thornton
Hi Marc, I think the discussion on the...

Hi Marc,

I think the discussion on the differences between uncertainty and complexity merits more discussion. What is the real basis for our claim? If complexity is the the quality of being...
Forum: FID & Working With Indigenous Forces 03-05-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 35,025
Posted By Rob Thornton
Ken, Sully, Many thanks. It will be...

Ken, Sully,

Many thanks. It will be interesting for sure, and I think based on some of what I've been doing here on capability development, particularly in the "P" piece of DOTMLPF I may be of...
Forum: FID & Working With Indigenous Forces 03-03-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 35,025
Posted By Rob Thornton
Hi guys, Hacksaw - not yet, but I'll start...

Hi guys,
Hacksaw - not yet, but I'll start PTDY and transition leave next month - and then its on to a contractor or GS job at Knox:D The ACAP folks say using the word retired is bad, and that I...
Forum: Trigger Puller 02-04-2010
Replies: 28
Views: 15,916
Posted By Rob Thornton
I watched the video. While I wish that there had...

I watched the video. While I wish that there had been some structure that portrayed the effort to develop the Afghan Commando, the video did relate how challenging this mission is. That this SF unit...
Forum: US Policy, Interest, and Endgame 01-07-2010
Replies: 0
Views: 19,829
Posted By Rob Thornton
Developing Foreign Security Forces: Tiered Strategies

Bill Moore had a great idea about transitioning the SWJ article (http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/2010/01/developing-foreign-security-fo/#c006444)to the discussion board (see the bottom paragraphs...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 01-03-2010
Replies: 54
Views: 49,354
Posted By Rob Thornton
Hi Wayne, Happy New Year - If I recall my...

Hi Wayne, Happy New Year -

If I recall my takeaway was that there is no adequate human measure of the divine - to say or infer otherwise would be deceptive. Of course I was reading allot of Rilke...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 01-03-2010
Replies: 54
Views: 49,354
Posted By Rob Thornton
Talking That is worth a big grin. Its a bit like reading...

That is worth a big grin. Its a bit like reading the likes of David Hume - except you have to hear an obligatory Canadian "ehh" and you don't have to eat haggis:eek:

I was looking for a Hume quote...
Forum: Social Sciences, Moral, and Religious 01-02-2010
Replies: 54
Views: 49,354
Posted By Rob Thornton
True,

what I really like about talking to Marc is it almost always leads me to consider things in new and interesting ways. The discussions we've had on epistemology have really been useful in helping me...
Forum: The Whole News 12-16-2009
Replies: 123
Views: 28,831
Posted By Rob Thornton
OK - I fianlly got the link to work. I think its...

OK - I fianlly got the link to work. I think its a combination and depends upon a point of view. I think it is also indicative of the stresses on the force. Its a good interview with LTG Barno, and...
Forum: The Whole News 12-16-2009
Replies: 123
Views: 28,831
Posted By Rob Thornton
Steve, I think in this case the context did imply...

Steve, I think in this case the context did imply taking a break from operational assignments, or MTO&E units - or in today's terms deployments.

However, I have not seen that to be the case, Niel...
Forum: The Whole News 12-16-2009
Replies: 123
Views: 28,831
Posted By Rob Thornton
I can't say for sure they are avoiding the...

I can't say for sure they are avoiding the assignments, some of it is due to operating force demands. However a hole is a hole, and I suspect there will be more of them and one sourcing solution will...
Forum: The Whole News 12-16-2009
Replies: 123
Views: 28,831
Posted By Rob Thornton
TRADOC interview over at National Journal Online

There is an interview over at National Journal Online with GEN Dempsey (http://insiderinterviews.nationaljournal.com/2009/12/longterm-army-planning-for-a-s.php). The title: Adaptability is Power
...
Forum: TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference 12-15-2009
Replies: 247
Views: 214,865
Posted By Rob Thornton
Bill, Are there going to be any specific...

Bill,
Are there going to be any specific qualifications of functions the Army wants its leaders of a given rank or position to be capable of doing? Are we going to see for example what the Army...
Forum: The Whole News 12-11-2009
Replies: 123
Views: 28,831
Posted By Rob Thornton
Over the past 5 years or so TRADOC and the rest...

Over the past 5 years or so TRADOC and the rest of the generating force have been significant bill payers for a service that has also been a huge bill payer for a department that has been the primary...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 12-10-2009
Replies: 1,062
Views: 379,671
Posted By Rob Thornton
Rules to go with Slap's map

Slap, I found the rules to your mind map (http://www.mathematik.uni-bielefeld.de/~sillke/Twister/rules/), and maybe reinforces Mike's point - see specifically rules on: elimination, and playing with...
Forum: Government Agencies & Officials 12-09-2009
Replies: 57
Views: 38,233
Posted By Rob Thornton
Hi Ken, You are probably right on all...

Hi Ken,
You are probably right on all accounts. On points 2 and 3, as much as I suspect you are right, they don't do much to engender any confidence that we will get it more right in the future. ...
Forum: Government Agencies & Officials 12-09-2009
Replies: 57
Views: 38,233
Posted By Rob Thornton
concur with it being on autopilot, but I don't...

concur with it being on autopilot, but I don't know how it turns out.

My guess is anything that approaches an increase in civilian capacity will be contracted - and as such it will be expensive,...
Forum: TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference 12-09-2009
Replies: 247
Views: 214,865
Posted By Rob Thornton
Hey Marc, Good comment, and you are right,...

Hey Marc,

Good comment, and you are right, I did mean artificial as man made - more specifically - not necessarily required for the system to operate, and possibly contrary to the system to...
Forum: TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference 12-08-2009
Replies: 247
Views: 214,865
Posted By Rob Thornton
It has been my observation that when the next...

It has been my observation that when the next echelon of leaders understand the mission in terms of the task and purpose, and by understand I mean they really understand all the supporting...
Forum: Training & Education 12-04-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 11,156
Posted By Rob Thornton
Thumbs up Niel, Good paper. I put some comments on the...

Niel,
Good paper. I put some comments on the SWJ Blog side. Best, Rob
Forum: FID & Working With Indigenous Forces 12-01-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 22,073
Posted By Rob Thornton
David nice catch. I know our guy has tapped some...

David nice catch. I know our guy has tapped some of the Bosnia stuff, but I doubt he's hit all of it. He has also hit some of the schools up, unfortunately there is a lot of undocumented stuff in...
Forum: FID & Working With Indigenous Forces 12-01-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 22,073
Posted By Rob Thornton
Steve, thanks - its a start. I'll pass it to our...

Steve, thanks - its a start. I'll pass it to our AF ENG who is working on the guide.

Best, Rob
Forum: FID & Working With Indigenous Forces 11-30-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 22,073
Posted By Rob Thornton
Engineer, Construction, Build, Infrastructure tasks for Iraq & Afghan Security Forces

I know we have a diverse readership here on the SWJ/SWC and as one who has often participated I need to ask a favor of some of you in the community who I may not be able to reach by other means.
...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 11-28-2009
Replies: 1,062
Views: 379,671
Posted By Rob Thornton
It seems growing anything worthwhile takes...

It seems growing anything worthwhile takes resources. A concern we might should have is related to the training infrastructure and other resources needed to maintain a readiness level in the use of...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 11-26-2009
Replies: 1,062
Views: 379,671
Posted By Rob Thornton
Bill, Well said (and Happy Thanksgiving...

Bill,

Well said (and Happy Thanksgiving out there in the far west). I'm just not sure current conditions support training on much more than those tasks that support the current mission set (at...
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