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    "The Modern Mercenary" by Sean McFate

    "The Modern Mercenary" by Sean McFate
  2. Given the capabilities of conventional forces to...

    Given the capabilities of conventional forces to do what current Ranger Battalions do (airfield seizures, deep raids, etc....think 82d, 101st), why not reorganize the 75th RGT in the following...
  3. New ideas for US Special Forces?

    Multiple articles have been written about the increased reliance on US SOF, particularly Special Forces, as global affairs continue their unpredictable course, and whether the US military will apply...
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    I was under the impression that US efforts in the...

    I was under the impression that US efforts in the Philippines did work....? Messy to be sure but successful, yes? Wasn't it essentially a fairly peaceful US "colony" until 1942?
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    I always find it fascinating to learn of...

    I always find it fascinating to learn of lesser-known or smaller units / elements in well-known military operations. Thanks for sharing this.
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    This guy makes me think of Samuel L. Jackson's...

    This guy makes me think of Samuel L. Jackson's wallet from the movie "Pulp Fiction". I'm pretty sure it belongs to this L/Cpl.
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    Could this growing Chinese interest in Africa be...

    Could this growing Chinese interest in Africa be the early beginnings of a potential 21st Century "Scramble for Africa" by rising Asian powers in need of cheap resources? Could borders be redrawn...
  8. Hopefully, this will translate into something for...

    Hopefully, this will translate into something for the dismounted ground-pounder as well. Speed is security.
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    As I approach the end of my 18 months working...

    As I approach the end of my 18 months working with the Afghan Special Operations forces (both 1st and 2nd Special Operations Brigades, or SOBs) as a contractor, I, too, would like to comment on the...
  10. I like Fuchs' idea....a different theme every few...

    I like Fuchs' idea....a different theme every few weeks. Maybe SWC can organize "interventions" / conflicts / wars under "past", "present", & "future" so folks could discuss the finer points about...
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    Saving money and the Way Ahead

    In an effort to improve our military and reduce overall costs, the following “best practices” from the last decade are recommended:

    - Replace all communications systems with cell phones. The bad...
  12. Looking forward to the book...."Once a...

    Looking forward to the book...."Once a Warrior-King" was a great read. I ran into a former Army advisor....1970-71 RF/PF outside of Saigon.....told him about your book. I think he'll enjoy it as...
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    One tin soldier laid to rest

    One tin soldier laid to rest
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    Take a look at "Amigo" from 2010. It's about the...

    Take a look at "Amigo" from 2010. It's about the US effort in the Philippines around 1899-1901. Saw it on Netflix but I don't think it's there now.
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    Area Support Groups (as far as I know) had...

    Area Support Groups (as far as I know) had nothing to do with security and "area governance" as you refer to but were large support/ log units. They became corps support groups and have now been...
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    The American way: Throw money at it!! 4...

    The American way:

    Throw money at it!!

    4 words
  17. David, Can you direct me to that thread? I was...

    David, Can you direct me to that thread? I was not aware of any such effort and am curious as to the results.
  18. David, I've done a quick read-through and it...

    David,

    I've done a quick read-through and it looks quite interesting. In posting this, are you suggesting that we (US/ coalition/ etc...) attempt something similar in Afghanistan....local troops...
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    Unit inactivations and unit lineage

    I haven't seen any real discussion regarding this so I thought I'd chime in.

    I read a couple of articles related to inactivating 4th BCT, 101st ABN. As something of a history buff, I'd like to...
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    Dave, 3d BCT is a light unit....and, like you...

    Dave,

    3d BCT is a light unit....and, like you said, slated to inactivate. Your son will likely go to FT Riley since the 1st ID mech units are there. But that's just a guess. Plus you said he...
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    Moderator's Note

    The catalyst for this thread's creation comes from the discussion in the re-opened thread 'Recruiting for SWC members...
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    I, too, hope I'm not looked upon as one of "those...

    I, too, hope I'm not looked upon as one of "those people" that is less than qualified to add to the discussion on here.

    As to the topics being discussed, while some have been discussed at...
  23. Potentially stupid question here.......is this...

    Potentially stupid question here.......is this book going to be available in paperback, or regular book format? Is it now? I see it is an e-book but I do not have the capability (yet) for such...
  24. What will our Afghanistan expedition teach us: -...

    What will our Afghanistan expedition teach us:
    - Hopefully, it will teach us to have a strategy for winning, or at the very least, a clear goal (as many on SWJ have commented about)
    - That...
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    13 KIA is bad but it could've been worse. I...

    13 KIA is bad but it could've been worse. I couldn't open the defenseweb link by AdamG but I think it might be the article I read last summer written by a former SADF officer about the current state...
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