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FORGET RAMBO check this link
« on: February 23, 2008, 19:50:20 »
Lots of stuff to think about here

http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/Pubs/Display.Cfm?pubID=803

Abstract

Prior to World War II, the (US) Army had a deeply ingrained facility with and acceptance of what we now term unconventional warfare—raising, training, advising, and cooperating with tribal militias, local paramilitaries, and other nonstate armed groups. This culture of irregular warfare was attributable to nearly 300 years of American military tradition from the colonial period until 1941, including extensive experience in cooperating with Native American tribes and individual scouts during the expansion of the western frontier. These traditions of unconventional war reached maturity in the years of fighting on the western plains after the Civil War, and were given ultimate expression in the creation of the Philippine Scouts at the beginning of the 20th century. Since World War II, the wider military has lost this expertise in and comfortable familiarity with unconventional operations, with the Special Operations community taking on the sole proprietorship of this role. Given the variety of political environments in which today’s conventional soldiers may find themselves and the current nature of conflicts ongoing and likely to occur in the world, the Army culture as a whole can and must readapt itself to the new old realities of irregular war.

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Re: FORGET RAMBO check this link
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2008, 23:22:25 »
Two other books to look at on this topic:

The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power by Max Boot, and;

Imperial Grunts: On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond by Robert D. Kaplan

The Savage Wars of Peace looks at the past history of small wars outside of the Indian wars, while Imperial Grunts looks at the newly evolving Small Wars forces of today.
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Re: FORGET RAMBO check this link
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2008, 15:12:21 »
I said we in the Canadian Army should be doing this over 20 years ago...of course I got the standard "shut up Sergeant...what would you know about politics" and " we are training to fight the Soviets.....so shut up"
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