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  1. Design manual

    For anyone who hasn't seen it, you can download a copy of Design: Tools of the Trade here.
  2. Much thanks. I didn't think it would be that...

    Much thanks. I didn't think it would be that easy...
  3. Looking for historic Rand Counterinsurgency Symposium

    In 1960 or '61 Rand conducted a COIN symposium. Galula was one of the participants. Does anyone know where I can find a transcription of the symposium on digits?
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    Accessing Military Review

    A message from Military Review regarding recent troubles accessing their latest edition:
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    Thank you, Sir

    I appreciate your post. Please keep the information coming. Allies can always learn from one another. God speed.
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    Thurman

    "Maxatolla" is another name I've heard mentioned. Not very endearing either. He cajoled (probably not the right term) two staffs from the Army while TRADOC commander so they could keep up with his...
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    Leadership in History Pertaining to the Present

    As a bit of an amateur military historian, I have always held the Germans in high regard when it came to the subject of leadership. Erwin Rommel might be the best example of leadership in wartime. In...
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    General Sanchez and the Blame Game

    Time magazine ran an excerpt from ret. Lt. Gen. Sanchez's memoir, Wiser in Battle: A Soldier's Story.





    Here's the link:...
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    COIN v. Conventional Capability Debate

    NPR has an interesting story about the debate between preparing the Army to fight counterinsurgency versus convention war. Many SWJ contributors were interviewed for the story. Here's the link:...
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    COIN education

    Having taken two COIN electives at CGSC, I recommend reading several books. We always use Galula's Counterinsurgency Theory and Practice combined with O'Neill's Insurgency and Terrorism to understand...
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    Secular v. theocratic

    Tom Odom's history lesson forced me to reflect on the relationship between secular and theocratic states in the Middle East. In the 1980s, Rifaat al-Assad ruthlessly destroyed Muslim Brotherhood...
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    Try this link, sorry

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/world/middleeast/04youth.html?hp
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    Clerics losing influence in Iraq?

    The New York Times has an interesting article about young Iraqis rejecting religion. The research that comprises the article was qualitative, and perhaps not representative, but interesting...
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    Training Iraqi Forces

    While I was attending the JCISFA symposium a week ago, Lt. Gen. Dubik gave the best briefing I have heard about the status of Iraqi police and military training. I petitioned Gen. Dubik for...
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    Release of 3-0

    I don't believe FM 3-0 will see the same media frenzy that accompanied FM 3-24. I haven't heard much outside military circles about 3-0. However, I can't wait to hear what CADD says about the piece....
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    Fm 3-0

    I'm working on a news story about the new FM's creation. When it is published, I'll post a link to it.
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    Blackwater by Jeremy Scahill

    I just finished reading Scahill's Blackwater. Is anyone else familiar with the book? I'm looking for some general feedback regarding the accuracy of Scahill's reporting/research and depiction of...
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    DRC aviation

    Unfortunately the aviation article in DRC is not available in the online edition. It is the most interesting piece in the issue in my opinion. Let me scan the article into my computer and see if I...
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    Vanity Fair issue dedicated to Africa

    The July issue of Vanity Fair is dedicated to Africa. It includes interesting articles on aviation in DRC, Tunisia and China's role in Africa, specifically in Chad and Sudan, among others. I...
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    Excellent book

    My father recommended Once an Eagle to me years ago. Yes, it has some problems (Massengale is hardly believable at times,) but overall the book is excellent. If the military can produce Massengales,...
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    Fiasco, the first draft of history

    I read Tom Ricks' Fiasco some months ago already. I am seeking feedback from those who visit this site and comment. What do Small Wars Journal participants feel about Ricks' work? Are there any...
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    Looking at CR's arguments

    Thank you for leaving what I consider a controversial post. I agree with Tom Odom's comments. As much as I wish we decisively defeated N. Korea, the political situation was not in favor of...
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    2006 ANZAC at Ft. Leavenworth

    I covered last year's ANZAC Day at Ft. Leavenworth. Unfortunately I was unable to attend this morning. I'm sure the ceremony was very moving as it is every year. I always like to remember our...
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    SLAM and TRADOC

    TRADOC produced a work as part of its historical monograph series on SLAM. It is called SLAM: The Influence of S.L.A. Marshall on the United States Army. It was written by F.D.G. Williams in 1994....
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    To 120mm: Thank you for commenting. This site has...

    To 120mm: Thank you for commenting. This site has allowed me to check facts with people who had boots on the ground several times and I am thankful. I cannot speak for other journalists, only for...
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