10 Oct '12, 12pm

We have met the enemy and it is us. An argument for a comprehensive review of our recent wars and a better way ahead

Critics of counterinsurgency and stability operations might argue that the lesson we really need to learn from the last decade is to avoid involvement in them in the first place. This argument suffers from three critical flaws. The first, as mentioned above, is that we did not intend to get involved in counterinsurgency operations in Iraq or Afghanistan, and only through a comprehensive review of our operations will we come close to knowing how that really happened. The second flaw is that the argument ignores the nature of war. Most militaries don’t choose counterinsurgency, but rather insurgency chooses them. Our future adversaries are unlikely to play to our strengths, i.e. combined arms maneuver warfare, but are likely to seek asymmetric alternatives that attack our vulnerabilities. The last ten years have provided those adversaries with plenty of material to study and...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/we-have-encountered-...

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‘Iconic’ #Army vet of WWII, Korea and Vietnam wars dies #weweresoldiers

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defense.gov 11 Oct '12, 1pm

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The week ahead in the world of golf

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armytimes.com 12 Oct '12, 1am

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