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    The AF may do it for recruitment/retention -...

    The AF may do it for recruitment/retention - however, your idea (pulling everybody up to their level) is a nonstarter. It would be difficult to afford, to say the least.
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    Carl: The problem is hardly that the AF wants...

    Carl: The problem is hardly that the AF wants superiority.

    The problem is that that superiority is a subjective thing, apparently only measurable by the Air Force.

    That'd be like the student...
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    Because Biden plagiarizes speeches wholesale. ...

    Because Biden plagiarizes speeches wholesale.

    Meanwhile...Thing is, I'm hardly a conservative. Or a liberal. I am a deeply determined centrist.
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    I'm going to disagree, Matt. I think Hezbollah...

    I'm going to disagree, Matt.

    I think Hezbollah can be destroyed militarily. However, it makes a difference who makes the attempt.

    Unless the Lebanese Armed Forces are the ones to make the...
  5. Insofar as there's a "native" form of Islam in...

    Insofar as there's a "native" form of Islam in the Caucasus, what is it? Sunni? Shiite? Salafi? Sufi? Some other variety?
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    As I said, sir: The degrees aren't necessary,...

    As I said, sir:

    The degrees aren't necessary, but they make the process sane for the bureaucracy.

    One could do without the degree requirement entirely, I think, and maybe be better for it - but...
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    Outsider thought: There's something, I think,...

    Outsider thought:

    There's something, I think, to be said for opening up flight slots to NCOs...But NCOs with degrees only.

    Flying an aircraft in an operational situation, thinks I, requires an...
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    As I recall, Galileo (the European system) is...

    As I recall, Galileo (the European system) is designed to be interoperable w/ GPS.

    More to the point, without direct knowledge, I can guess that satellites are hardened against EMP.

    The problem...
  9. Oh, it probably would. There are a number I can...

    Oh, it probably would. There are a number I can pose - not the least of which being that unless you did it for every one of the millions of orphans (logistically impossible), you create kids who...
  10. I take your point. Yes, my previous post was...

    I take your point. Yes, my previous post was harsh - however, the reality is that while these efforts seem to do well on individual levels, I'm not sure they enact the kind of sweeping,...
  11. @Tequila: That's the kind of reaction I like.:) ...

    @Tequila: That's the kind of reaction I like.:)

    It was specifically filed under 'thinking the unthinkable' because it's an extreme idea - it could either work really well or really, amazingly...
  12. I'm not sure how much you can. Thinking the...

    I'm not sure how much you can.

    Thinking the Unthinkable:

    1. AIDS, and the fact that we're likely to have much of a generation that are orphans (perhaps from birth) as a result of AIDS in a fair...
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    You aren't, LawVol. That would be -classic-...

    You aren't, LawVol. That would be -classic- collective punishment.

    Blowing up the enemy's shipping, thereby also happening to reduce his ability to bring food in, is one thing.

    Specifically...
  14. Thread: SS Advisor

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    Ratzel: Under international treaty, there are...

    Ratzel: Under international treaty, there are (from what I understand) exactly two countries legally authorized to produce opium for medicinal use - Turkey and India, IIRC.

    Those countries fairly...
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    ... ... ...TMI from the old geezers...:eek:

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    ...TMI from the old geezers...:eek:
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    Practical linkage, maybe I'm insane: This makes...

    Practical linkage, maybe I'm insane: This makes Campus Ministry types an actual tool in the fight against terrorism, then - you really would seem to need clergy/religious in universities that could...
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    That would be absolutely kickass. Seriously,...

    That would be absolutely kickass.

    Seriously, it would be. Which is why it will never ever happen.
  18. Stan, Tom, someone...explain this to me. In...

    Stan, Tom, someone...explain this to me.

    In virtually every society I've heard of, rape is regarded as among the worst of crimes.

    Yet, in Africa, it seems to be almost a regular feature of the...
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    I think it can be said less harshly than RTK did...

    I think it can be said less harshly than RTK did (though I know the harshness was necessary):

    Timothy: Combat, war, is not about numbers and math and equations and formulae. I've never experienced...
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    I take Stan's point. Old Eagle: It's a -shame-...

    I take Stan's point.

    Old Eagle: It's a -shame- all of the PMCs are privately-held. It'd be...interesting to see just what the net margin is on these contracts.
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    Agree to an extent. However, define what the bar...

    Agree to an extent. However, define what the bar should be?

    Not sure there should be a ban on hiring TCNs - but you need to make sure:

    A. Training is up to snuff;
    B. Proper screening is...
  22. Thread: Battle Drill

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    At some point in reading this, I wonder why...

    At some point in reading this, I wonder why nobody's ever tried to invent flash suits a la "Ender's Game" for training use - your whole body freezing up when you 'die' would, I think, do much the...
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    Ah. That's much different...And I would...

    Ah. That's much different...And I would completely agree, sell it or destroy it.

    Then again, from secondhand experience, we have had a bad habit of PDOing (selling as surplus) stuff that shouldn't...
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    Define obsolete? If it's still in service...

    Define obsolete? If it's still in service *somewhere* in the US inventory, the military needs to have spares for it.

    Re the V22: Matt may be right. Maybe the aircraft isn't ready for primetime.
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  25. Thread: 9 Innings

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    Better question - what is 9 innings?

    Better question - what is 9 innings?
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