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  1. Hi Marc, I think the discussion on the...

    Hi Marc,

    I think the discussion on the differences between uncertainty and complexity merits more discussion. What is the real basis for our claim? If complexity is the the quality of being...
  2. Ken, Sully, Many thanks. It will be...

    Ken, Sully,

    Many thanks. It will be interesting for sure, and I think based on some of what I've been doing here on capability development, particularly in the "P" piece of DOTMLPF I may be of...
  3. Hi guys, Hacksaw - not yet, but I'll start...

    Hi guys,
    Hacksaw - not yet, but I'll start PTDY and transition leave next month - and then its on to a contractor or GS job at Knox:D The ACAP folks say using the word retired is bad, and that I...
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    I watched the video. While I wish that there had...

    I watched the video. While I wish that there had been some structure that portrayed the effort to develop the Afghan Commando, the video did relate how challenging this mission is. That this SF unit...
  5. Developing Foreign Security Forces: Tiered Strategies

    Bill Moore had a great idea about transitioning the SWJ article to the discussion board (see the bottom paragraphs from his post below).



    While Iraq and Afghanistan offer some perspective on...
  6. Sticky: Hi Wayne, Happy New Year - If I recall my...

    Hi Wayne, Happy New Year -

    If I recall my takeaway was that there is no adequate human measure of the divine - to say or infer otherwise would be deceptive. Of course I was reading allot of Rilke...
  7. Sticky: That is worth a big grin. Its a bit like reading...

    That is worth a big grin. Its a bit like reading the likes of David Hume - except you have to hear an obligatory Canadian "ehh" and you don't have to eat haggis:eek:

    I was looking for a Hume quote...
  8. Sticky: True,

    what I really like about talking to Marc is it almost always leads me to consider things in new and interesting ways. The discussions we've had on epistemology have really been useful in helping me...
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    OK - I fianlly got the link to work. I think its...

    OK - I fianlly got the link to work. I think its a combination and depends upon a point of view. I think it is also indicative of the stresses on the force. Its a good interview with LTG Barno, and...
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    Steve, I think in this case the context did imply...

    Steve, I think in this case the context did imply taking a break from operational assignments, or MTO&E units - or in today's terms deployments.

    However, I have not seen that to be the case, Niel...
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    I can't say for sure they are avoiding the...

    I can't say for sure they are avoiding the assignments, some of it is due to operating force demands. However a hole is a hole, and I suspect there will be more of them and one sourcing solution will...
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    TRADOC interview over at National Journal Online

    There is an interview over at National Journal Online with GEN Dempsey. The title: Adaptability is Power

    Best, Rob
  13. Bill, Are there going to be any specific...

    Bill,
    Are there going to be any specific qualifications of functions the Army wants its leaders of a given rank or position to be capable of doing? Are we going to see for example what the Army...
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    Over the past 5 years or so TRADOC and the rest...

    Over the past 5 years or so TRADOC and the rest of the generating force have been significant bill payers for a service that has also been a huge bill payer for a department that has been the primary...
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    Rules to go with Slap's map

    Slap, I found the rules to your mind map, and maybe reinforces Mike's point - see specifically rules on: elimination, and playing with out a ref.
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    Hi Ken, You are probably right on all...

    Hi Ken,
    You are probably right on all accounts. On points 2 and 3, as much as I suspect you are right, they don't do much to engender any confidence that we will get it more right in the future. ...
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    concur with it being on autopilot, but I don't...

    concur with it being on autopilot, but I don't know how it turns out.

    My guess is anything that approaches an increase in civilian capacity will be contracted - and as such it will be expensive,...
  18. Hey Marc, Good comment, and you are right, I...

    Hey Marc,

    Good comment, and you are right, I did mean artificial as man made - more specifically - not necessarily required for the system to operate, and possibly contrary to the system to...
  19. It has been my observation that when the next...

    It has been my observation that when the next echelon of leaders understand the mission in terms of the task and purpose, and by understand I mean they really understand all the supporting...
  20. Niel, Good paper. I put some comments on the...

    Niel,
    Good paper. I put some comments on the SWJ Blog side. Best, Rob
  21. David nice catch. I know our guy has tapped some...

    David nice catch. I know our guy has tapped some of the Bosnia stuff, but I doubt he's hit all of it. He has also hit some of the schools up, unfortunately there is a lot of undocumented stuff in...
  22. Steve, thanks - its a start. I'll pass it to our...

    Steve, thanks - its a start. I'll pass it to our AF ENG who is working on the guide.

    Best, Rob
  23. Engineer, Construction, Build, Infrastructure tasks for Iraq & Afghan Security Forces

    I know we have a diverse readership here on the SWJ/SWC and as one who has often participated I need to ask a favor of some of you in the community who I may not be able to reach by other means.
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    It seems growing anything worthwhile takes...

    It seems growing anything worthwhile takes resources. A concern we might should have is related to the training infrastructure and other resources needed to maintain a readiness level in the use of...
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    Bill, Well said (and Happy Thanksgiving out...

    Bill,

    Well said (and Happy Thanksgiving out there in the far west). I'm just not sure current conditions support training on much more than those tasks that support the current mission set (at...
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