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    That's a topic with a strong cultural angle. Look...

    That's a topic with a strong cultural angle. Look at Soviet infantry during WW2, or the Viet Cong. Handful of semitchki or rice, kanteen-like thing, gun (or not) with a little bit of ammo. No way any...
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    'Light' is easy. Walking men with everything they...

    'Light' is easy. Walking men with everything they might possibly need in their rucksacks, in units without organic technical mobility assets. Focus tactical mobility and low signature, but with...
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    Would it be possible to have a basic,...

    Would it be possible to have a basic, standardized infantry unit ("light"), and put it on trucks or HMMVVs (making it "mot"), APCs or IFVs (making it "mech" or "heavy"), and helicopters (making it...
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    The Russians take good care of their air/mech...

    The Russians take good care of their air/mech formations and add capabilities, and as they have a clear mind in these things I again say the U.S. should look into such a capability.
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    The Austrian idea was quite similar to...

    The Austrian idea was quite similar to Werwolf/Gladio, just with regular light infantry. It was never executed on any larger scale, though, just a few locations in the eastern provinces and those...
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    Sounds a bit like the descent into a perpetual...

    Sounds a bit like the descent into a perpetual state of war. Or maybe just a side effect of the global reach of certain tools. I would call what is described in the article about the F-35 spy...
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    Of course the mission would be high risk. Just...

    Of course the mission would be high risk. Just find something that's worth it. And the regular size of an insertion would probably be limited to a battalion, with multiple insertions in multiple...
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    How do you see the Russian VDV troops? The...

    How do you see the Russian VDV troops? The Russians still believe in that concept; their main task would have been/is to capture rear HQs, blow up supplies, cut com lines, and take out enemy air...
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    Not exactly sure how this here ended up as "Air...

    Not exactly sure how this here ended up as "Air Force doesn't want to do CAS" thread ...

    Moot the point is not. The Forces lack that 3D forced entry capability that the Russians never dropped. The...
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    The idea is not mine, and certainly not new. Just...

    The idea is not mine, and certainly not new. Just tried to put it into context with the capabilities of the other branches.

    The Russians (Soviet's, that is) had/have a whole bunch of their "VDV"...
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    Air Force Motorized Jaeger Regiment?

    So the Navy has Naval Air and the Marine Corps to reach out beyond its core realm, and carry the fight onto the land and through the air, some elements are even land-based to reach towards the sea...
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    What I'm missing is a decisive cut of the numbers...

    What I'm missing is a decisive cut of the numbers of the U.S. national security "front end". If you add the armed forces, plus the civil services and contractors, and the intel community you end up...
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    SOCOM has 50.000 men! That's almost 3 divisions....

    SOCOM has 50.000 men! That's almost 3 divisions. What can be "special" about that?

    After the persistant Marines ego trip, trying to replicate everything and becoming an army within the army, SOCOM...
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    105mm mountain artillery. ...

    105mm mountain artillery.

    http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/MilitaryOperations/TalibanFearThedragon.htm

    "The Regiment's fire planning staffs working at HQ level and its Fire Support...
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    Two questions: #1 -- Why the IAR not in 7.62...

    Two questions:

    #1 -- Why the IAR not in 7.62 mm? Does using 5.56 mm for the IAR not just reinstate the lost full-auto option on the M16/M4 without really adding firepower?

    #2 -- 30 rounds of...
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    @ 105 vs 120: I'm not sure the superior range of...

    @ 105 vs 120: I'm not sure the superior range of the 105 is of any use in the real world. It really collides with a low-charged 155. And besides C2 there is the question of targeting. A 120mm mortar...
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    Both the ground troop head honcho and the pilot...

    Both the ground troop head honcho and the pilot should have their asses kicked for such a stunt. I'm not against stunts, but they have to have some merit. Can't see one here, only the risk of 75...
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    Per round. You need 20+ 120mm mortars to cover...

    Per round. You need 20+ 120mm mortars to cover the same area as one CLU, or ten+ 120mm mortars to cover a PAM perimeter.

    Edit: As far as I'm aware, it was a requirement for PGMM to stay below...
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    http://www.rusi.org/downloads/assets/15schreyach.p...

    http://www.rusi.org/downloads/assets/15schreyach.pdf
    http://www.rusi.org/downloads/assets/16challes.pdf
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    CV90 ... about 8 psi ground pressure. M1 Abrams...

    CV90 ... about 8 psi ground pressure.
    M1 Abrams ... about 15 psi.
    Patria AMV (the best 8x8 in my eyes) ... about 35psi. More than a heavy truck.

    8x8 should be outlawed for anything that comes in...
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    Yes, but one of the Netfires ideas is to have a...

    Yes, but one of the Netfires ideas is to have a couple distributed in the ops area and give the ground troops direct access, e.g. via relay-UAVs. Should be as fast as a Dragon Fire II mortar (or...
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    Netfires - Tube Artillery - MLRS

    Been doubting the future of 155mm tube artillery for quite some time now. Think that the 120mm mortar on the one end, and MLRS on the other will take a considerable bite out of the 155's mission....
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    Note: It's Durranistan, the other name of the old...

    Note: It's Durranistan, the other name of the old Afghan Empire that incorporated today's Pakistan and existed from 17-something till the Brits showed up in the area. And it's Durand Line for what is...
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    I would NEVER stuff so many people into a single...

    I would NEVER stuff so many people into a single vehicle!
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    Yugoslavia happened post WW1, not 2. In any case...

    Yugoslavia happened post WW1, not 2. In any case the ex Austro-Hungarian areas of the SHS state and the Kingdom of Serbian didn't have anything to do with each other since the late Roman Prefecture...
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