01 Apr '15, 10pm

Excellent read

Even where the Army is trying to force open its aperture and think holistically about the environment, it can’t. Ft. Leavenworth’s University of Foreign Military and Culture Studies’ Red Team Handbook cites as its raison d’etre an excerpt of a Defense Science Board report that reads, “Aggressive red teams challenge emerging operational concepts in order to discover weaknesses before real adversaries do ”4 (emphasis added). The purpose of representing the will of population groups, then, is to best “real adversaries,” not to understand human variables’ direct influence on plans and operations. The manual makes very little direct reference to populations as a variable in the environment, and usually includes population groups under the umbrella of “others.” Its treatment of culture is stated as an effort to avoid “cultural missteps” rather than any affirmative contribution t...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/enemies-wanted-no-ex...

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