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Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 05-03-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
Next Section. Not complete by any stretch, ...

Next Section. Not complete by any stretch,

IV. Strategy

Initial Questions. The PCoG can assist in designing a strategy to achieve your political goals. To do this, a few preliminary factors...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 05-02-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
Next Section: III. Strengths and...

Next Section:

III. Strengths and Weaknesses.

As an opponent in a battle of political wills, each of the three Political Systems has strengths and weaknesses.

Autocratic Systems.
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Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-30-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
I am going to shift to "Political Hostilities." I...

I am going to shift to "Political Hostilities." I want to be clear that what is happening does not include organized lethal violence. Discussions in the area are muddied enough. I would prefer some...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-30-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
I would argue that we will never win an...

I would argue that we will never win an information war with Russia because any attack on Russian information is futile. The government power is not based in popular support, so information given to...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-29-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
Outlaw, when I get to a real computer and can...

Outlaw, when I get to a real computer and can type I want to respond to some comments you made earlier on Kirkullen.

Right now I want to go back to a point I believe Bill C made, that using the...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-26-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
Thanks for the article. I disagree with parts,...

Thanks for the article. I disagree with parts, especially the belief that these campaigns should be run by State, but it is very relevant.
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-26-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
But the point is, they got what they wanted. ...

But the point is, they got what they wanted. They wanted the Spanish out of Iraq and they got it. They did not have to invade Spain. They did not have to do anything other than the bombing. It is...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-26-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
Realism is useful as far as it goes. But as...

Realism is useful as far as it goes. But as Clausewitz points out, you must have the passion of the people to complete the Triad of the Government, the Military, and the People. Realism would...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-24-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
Rough draft - second part of PCoG discussion. ...

Rough draft - second part of PCoG discussion.

"Secondary Types. All Political Entities exist within a socio-cultural system. They are a part of that system, but not the only part. Other...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-24-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
I see your point, and will have to address it...

I see your point, and will have to address it later. I am hesitant to use the security forces as a singular entity. Think about Turkey, or even Thailand. In both cases the military have been...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-24-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
To your first point, yes I am conflating the two....

To your first point, yes I am conflating the two. I will have to clarify that later.

To your second, I haven't gotten there yet. However, victory would look different in every situation. Take...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-24-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
I am pretty sure no one in the U.S.A. believes...

I am pretty sure no one in the U.S.A. believes that Autocratic Systems are anything but oppressive governments where the population are downtrodden slaves who have no choice but to obey their...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-24-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
I am not looking at it as practiced by anyone. I...

I am not looking at it as practiced by anyone. I am looking at it from a generic point of view. How does what I have said makes it U.S. unique?
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-24-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
But if there is chaos in the streets, something...

But if there is chaos in the streets, something else has failed. That failure could be the result of strictly internal factors, or it could be the result of external Influence Operations. ...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-23-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
More grist for the mill ... "II. The...

More grist for the mill ...

"II. The Political Center of Gravity
The idea of an enemy’s center of gravity (CoG) originates with Clausewitz. He did not use the term consistently, and whether is...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-23-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
Bill, Thanks. I have the Kennan Memo as...

Bill,

Thanks. I have the Kennan Memo as well as some other documents. My definition is a mix of Kennan and Clausewitz. I am trying to stick with a "bright line" distinction of 1) Political -...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-23-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
I do, but I think that distinguishing the nature...

I do, but I think that distinguishing the nature of the target makes a difference.
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-23-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
Open for criticism - my draft list of definitions...

Open for criticism - my draft list of definitions

Definitions
1. Political War. The employment of all the means at a Political Entity’s command, short of organized lethal force, to compel an...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-22-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
Here is the introduction. It lays out the paper ...

Here is the introduction. It lays out the paper

Intro

The purpose of this paper is to explore how defining an enemy’s political center of gravity can help build a strategy to defeat the enemy....
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-17-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
AP, just letting you know I am going to write...

AP, just letting you know I am going to write something on this. I think our thought patterns are far enough apart for me not to be plagiarizing your idea. I will post an outline when I have one to...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-05-2017
Replies: 66
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
Thumbs down I am fine with that. I don't find the term...

I am fine with that. I don't find the term "Sunni Fundamentalism" helpful. Fundamentalism offers a level of correctness to their thinking that I don't think it deserves, so they can beat me up on...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-05-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
Thank you for your kind words. It is nice to...

Thank you for your kind words. It is nice to know that I am not just crazy.



I have always viewed technological advances in warfare the same way I view science fiction. Good science fiction...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-04-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
No, that is a 19th century updated explanation of...

No, that is a 19th century updated explanation of the purpose of war. It is an explanation founded in the 19th century European Socio-Political framework.

Ten centuries earlier no one would have...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-04-2017
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
Assuming my ideas on 1) the growth of the...

Assuming my ideas on 1) the growth of the individual as the center of Western political thought and power, and 2) that war is a group-on-group activity, it follows that 3) war become less likely...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 04-03-2017
Replies: 66
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Posted By TheCurmudgeon
Your question goes far beyond what my small brain...

Your question goes far beyond what my small brain is capable of answering.

I will say this (if you believe that God created the earth about 5000 years ago you can stop reading now). Humans...
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