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    MRAP-Humvee blend

    Wired.com's Danger Room correspondent Noah Shactman reports today that the U.S. Army Materiel Command has issued a request for information for regarding industrial capabilities to produce a "lighter...
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    Think Purple, Act Local

    The Iowa Army National Guard has sent multiple Embedded Training Teams (ETT) over the past couple of years, with another currently heading downrange. Good info on some of our past lessons-learned...
  3. Further widening the spectrum of possibilities ...

    In addition to discussing the other facets of the Taliban's campaign against cell phones/towers, Lewis Page posted this at The Register on 25 FEB 08:



    Pro patria vigilans!
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    When Soft Power Hurts

    This topic is outside my usual Priority Information Requirements, but I thought I'd relay this David Axe posting on Wired.com's "Danger Room." Eye-catchingly headlined "When Soft Power Backfires",...
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    And so the IO world turns ...

    Side note: Did you know that when good ideas go down the proverbial drain in different hemispheres, they don't necessarily spin in different directions? That whole Coriolis Effect thing is apparently...
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    Lightning round

    "Information Operations just wants to be free!"

    Love your subsequent breakdown, by the way. And don't worry about word-count, on these or other posts--you're creating a lot of non-lethal learning...
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    Summary of parallel, earlier discussion?

    I don't know whether Steven Metz (link to his June 2007 monograph "Rethinking Insurgency" here) has previously posted it elsewhere on SWJ, but this just crossed my desktop in one of those...
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    Jump a Digi-TOC? You mean you can't just click on...

    Jump a Digi-TOC? You mean you can't just click on "forward"?!
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    Do we need to get out of the proverbial Buffalo?

    Roger your earlier points on the ASV. I'd also be interested to find out if they were ever used in mixed tracked-and-wheeled formations, or used to overwatch dismounted troops in urban settings.
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    Wazzup on Wazir Street?

    I realize this might be a "dead thread," but, given our earlier conversation here regarding "Defence of Duffer's Drift," I thought I might call attention to the recent and similarly formatted CALL...
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    For the good of the cause ...

    Daninfowar posted the following observations on the SWJ Blog 03 July. Because I thought it germaine to the larger theme of this thread--and because I couldn't remember whether he'd also posted...
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    Stryker and ASV, too?

    I'm not sure whether I've unpacked your last paragraph correctly, but I am curious as to why your "MRAP and JLTV" query did not also mention the Stryker family of vehicles, as well as the Armored...
  13. Do the Right Thing vs. The Next Big Thing

    I don't disagree with your observations and arguments, but I think there are a couple logic-tripwires somewhere down this trail:

    If your premise is that we're in danger of "fighting the last war,"...
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    "Just Do IO"(tm) T-shirts now available in the lobby ...

    I find your insights very compelling, particularly in that they speak to my life as a lessons-learned integrator, as well as an amateur/armchair IO guy. Working with our Big Army colleagues at the...
  15. Expeditionary law enforcement as possible research direction

    My earlier musings as to whether the civilian tactical law enforcement community might have anything to offer in this area--despite your stipulations against "MP experts"--was based on two...
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    DOH! Forgot about "DOTMLPF"

    Certainly, the latter is how I also meant the term "institution"--pertaining to how the military learns as a "corporate whole." Thanks for your analysis of my earlier points--given that my...
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    Taking it to the doctrinal ... mattresses?

    Agreed on the strangely compelling nature of this thread. But if you do manage to break contact, remember the following TTP: "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."





    Given your points, as well...
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    This is only a test ...

    And here my wife told me I was crazy when I ran an Ethernet cable out the window to the backyard fallout shelter ... ("The Internet is a nuclear-proof network, Martha--ARPA says so!") Now, I can...
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    Another face in the cloud ...

    Bill: Great article, thanks! I was struck by how the name of "As-Sahab" ("the clouds," in Arabic, according to the Washington Post writer) also describes/illuminates/suggests its operation as a...
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    The IO sum is greater than its parts ... as is its definition

    Roger! My apologies if you thought that I was shooting outside the barber poles. I agree that the definitions of Influence Operations and Information Engagement do encompass much of what I'm...
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    The Non-Lethal Effects Cell

    I agree with your points regarding doctrine and pain, the occasional utility of the kinetic/non-kinetic construct, and the requirement for 18-year-olds and pointy-sticks to deliver on any effort to...
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    Is IO "integrated marketing"?

    Agreed--taking your hat off and having a conversation is not IO. But creating a system of thought and a strategy in which many "agents" (bad word with its own baggage, but the most appropriate)...
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    Film at 11

    Agreed on most points, but I don't think you have to be a PSYOP guy to argue that Hacksaw's soda-purchase vignette isn't PSYOP. Yes, you can place messages into your conversation--and it takes skill,...
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    And they have a plan ...

    "So say we all."

    I really liked your soldier-vendor vignette. Also, kudos on your distinction between conventional-unconventional. I'm stealing both.
  25. Looking for the Big Guns, too?

    Merci! Great question and point! We Yanks remain quite indebted, of course, to the work and writings of Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin von Steuben. It can't have been all downhill from...
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