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    Personally, I'm happy to let 4GW as a concept die...

    Personally, I'm happy to let 4GW as a concept die (and all the GW's). It's bad history, bad theory, and not really useful other than as a metaphor for "not conventional war". Plus the whole 2GW/3GW...
  2. Late to this - I can't find a copy under $80,...

    Late to this - I can't find a copy under $80, anyone know a good place to get it? The kindle version on Amazon is nearly $100!
  3. Thread: What is CQB?

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    The Benning link is broken, but there is an open...

    The Benning link is broken, but there is an open source version of the article here:

    http://www.thefreelibrary.com/A+case+against+battle+drill+six.-a0160714362

    Great SWJ thread here:
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    See thread here for a great discussion on the utility of Armor in COIN.
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    Well said - and at the field grade level, written...

    Well said - and at the field grade level, written communication ability is a CLEAR discriminator of talent and affects both selection and promotion.
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    The metric you will most need to be familiar with...

    The metric you will most need to be familiar with is the CUAT process, kind of a USR for the ANA. However, it does not measure performance and under-rates many tactical units because logistical...
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    He works at the CENTCOM Af/PAK Center of...

    He works at the CENTCOM Af/PAK Center of Excellence. Lost his contact info but I bet his org has a website. He came to Afghanistan with GEN(R) Keane around Christmas, we briefed him.
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    Get the latest MAAWS handbook, should be...

    Get the latest MAAWS handbook, should be available via AKO or one of the BCKS forums. BLUF, everything - I mean everything, is harder in Afghanistan. Mechanically though, the program is the same...
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    I second my old comrade tankersteve. Fail...

    I second my old comrade tankersteve.

    Fail your classes and you will limit your options, as I put in a different thread. Looking back at long term effects my (low) undergraduate academic GPA...
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    Some hits

    http://www.alsa.mil/library/alsb/ALSB%202008-1.pdf - pp 6-9
    If you have access through your library to professional journals, check Small Wars & Insurgencies, Volume 21, Issue 3, 519 for an article...
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    Still pimpin' that book! Sure you didn't get a...

    Still pimpin' that book! Sure you didn't get a cut? Hacksaw made me read it when we worked together ... actually learned something from it. :D

    Now if they made an Afghan version ...
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    Thanks guys. The mission set this time looks...

    Thanks guys.

    The mission set this time looks much different than the one I faced in Iraq. Fortunately I am blessed with a great commander and superb staff to work with.

    Will see what our...
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    Cavguy heads to Afghanistan

    Hey all,

    Apologize if I've been a little light on the posting, my Brigade's been in a pretty heavy train-up for Afghanistan which has sapped much of my spare time.

    I'll be shipping out this...
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    Thanks Stan. Alaska is warming up, high's in...

    Thanks Stan.

    Alaska is warming up, high's in the 30s this week. Breaking out the shorts after the -40 degree spells of Nov-Jan.

    Actually lost most of my acclimatization while at NTC during...
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    In the Armor/Cav community a H&S gauge is pretty...

    In the Armor/Cav community a H&S gauge is pretty much found on every vehicle commander and gunner. Big deal if you blow the cover off and didn't check the H&S!

    That said, H&S is usually set in...
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    The real $$ in our budget is personnel costs, not...

    The real $$ in our budget is personnel costs, not equipment. (IIRC around 60%).

    Agree all else. Now that Iraq is over I expect a re-design of the modular BCTs within the next few years. ...
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    Having Mr. Melton as my tactics instructor the...

    Having Mr. Melton as my tactics instructor the past year -

    His main point is that none of the Iraq governance/occupation debacle should have been a mystery. We planned for 3 years prior to 1945...
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    Some data from a friend:

    Some data from a friend:
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    If the ascribed marine colonel reads the DADT...

    If the ascribed marine colonel reads the DADT Survey report, it addresses all the above issues pretty well in detail.
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    You're extrapolating greatly here. Plenty of...

    You're extrapolating greatly here. Plenty of case studies of units influencing the IED fight in their sector using innovative tactics.



    Who said we are going in blind? We have been in...
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    Not ENTIRELY true. I know we began working it...

    Not ENTIRELY true. I know we began working it when they first appeared in '03. IEDs are immensely hard to find. We did counter several rounds of IEDs successfully - Remote controlled morphed to...
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    I would say armchair generals need to put up or...

    I would say armchair generals need to put up or get lost, and provide me the evidence of these "complaining junior leaders". I work with a lot of them who give it their all every day and do quite...
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    Some of this discussion is departing reality and...

    Some of this discussion is departing reality and is taking on a curmudegonly "Back in the day ..." aspect devoid of reality,

    It is impossible to operate in a country the size of California without...
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    Amen. There's a whole bunch of grunts alive...

    Amen. There's a whole bunch of grunts alive because someone had a few tanks available. Alternately, there's a whole bunch of Rangers dead because the US didn't have any tanks available when needed....
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    Poll: Simple - necessity. We can't afford to leave the...

    Simple - necessity. We can't afford to leave the rest at home.

    Simple fact is we didn't have enough infantry/dismounts to support repeated Iraq rotations, and therefore routinely have converted...
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