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    Yesterday, at the invitation of the USA / USMC Counterinsurgency Center, Small Wars Journal participated in their monthly online integration meeting. The purpose of these meetings is to update the counterinsurgency community of interest on the latest developments in COIN education and training across the force, coordinate actions between the field, schoolhouse, and centers and exchange best practices. Participants included organizations throughout the Department of Defense - CONUS and “in country”.

    We were asked to address one question - how can SWJ assist the COIN community? This 8-slide brief outlines our thoughts on this subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWJED View Post
    Yesterday, at the invitation of the USA / USMC Counterinsurgency Center, Small Wars Journal participated in their monthly online integration meeting. The purpose of these meetings is to update the counterinsurgency community of interest on the latest developments in COIN education and training across the force, coordinate actions between the field, schoolhouse, and centers and exchange best practices. Participants included organizations throughout the Department of Defense - CONUS and “in country”.

    We were asked to address one question - how can SWJ assist the COIN community? This 8-slide brief outlines our thoughts on this subject.
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    Default 3 cheers!

    Hooah! Ooorah! Sierra Hotel! Bravo Zulu!

    Well done

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    Quote Originally Posted by John T. Fishel View Post
    Hooah! Ooorah! Sierra Hotel! Bravo Zulu!

    Well done
    Agreed! Very nice!

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    Sacred cows make the best burgers. SWJ offers somewhere to slaughter them or decide to continue to milk them.
    should become a SWJ signature line.

    Very well done gents. Best, Rob

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    Good capture of the points! It's definitely important to keep links going between those close in and those who are further back and may have a different perspective.
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    Now that I no longer work with the COIN Center on a daily basis, it won't be self-serving to note...

    it is worth applauding the COIN Center for encouraging the larger "corporate" DoD community of Interest to expand beyond its own "echo chamber". So well done to the b@st@rds that fired me!

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    Thumbs up And let's not forget

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    Excellent Presentation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Thornton View Post
    should become a SWJ signature line.

    Very well done gents. Best, Rob
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Thornton View Post
    Sacred cows make the best burgers.
    As one who has gone after a sacred cow or three, it's worth pointing out that the cow isn't always the one who becomes hamburger.
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    Sometimes it takes someone without deep experience to think creatively.

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    Default you can say that again brother (rank amateur)...

    and the bus that you got thrown under when the sacred cow survived, tenderized your hindquarters in addition to doing interesting things to your internal organs.

    Note to self: Never say again in the earshot of the 101 AASLT CDR, that operational-level maneuver is a great thing, but the only thing dumber than a "true" air assault - was an opposed airborne operations

    hurts more when the bus moves back and forth - and then they switch drivers for more of the same
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    As a regular attender of the monthly VTCs, I am heartened in how the SWJ/SWC has been worked into the COIN Center.

    As the greater military bureaucracy tends to destroy that which it attempts to merge with, intellectual distance is necessary to keep the concept of COIN alive. And the SWJ/SWC can be a necessary part of that process.

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