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  1. TangoTwoBravo

    Joe Biden gives up on the war in Afghanistan, leaving a weak ally

    I imagine that former Northern Alliance power brokers have been consolidating their strength over the past months. Protect their vital ground as they saw the way that things were going. I imagine that the sudden evacuation of Bagram was a stimulus. Avoid wasting their strength in a losing fight...
  2. TangoTwoBravo

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    While I think we have to be careful with historical analogies, I am going to flip your script. The English longbowmen are the Snow Dome and we are the French Knights trying to get at those men at arms inside it.
  3. TangoTwoBravo

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Going back to capabilities and the threat for a moment, let's do a little thought experiment. Assume that we have deployed a CMBG HQ to a theatre as part of a multi-national division that is in turn part of a multi-national force. This is a surge - it is not going to be a rotational deployment...
  4. TangoTwoBravo

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    I’d like to zoom-in to what capabilities we’d need to develop for the Canadian Army, based on analysis of the types of operations and opponents we could face. While some would like to measure against the Russian Army or the Chinese, I am not sure how likely such a face to face encounter is. I...
  5. TangoTwoBravo

    US to change strategic thinking after wargames predict colossal defeat

    I am not sure what result is expected from a wargame pitting the US against China in open war over Taiwan? Losing carriers and satellites might be the least of our concerns once if that war gets going. Park that. Wargames are fun. It is important, though, to have an understanding of how results...
  6. TangoTwoBravo

    Army doctrine and its Implementation

    Indeed - imagine using that phrase with "ontology etc" at a unit? Talk about losing your audience. Maybe that was the point? Part of what makes me wary of the design-community is their tendency to use flowery language, perhaps in an effort to make their sales pitch. It would also be helpful if...
  7. TangoTwoBravo

    Army doctrine and its Implementation

    Yup. To be fair, though, I suppose this thread is kind of a venture in epistemology - we are talking about our knowledge and beliefs about warfighting. I prefer plain language, though, as the point of communicating is, well, to communicate!
  8. TangoTwoBravo

    Army doctrine and its Implementation

    Here is a little tidbit from a Canadian Army Journal article regarding Design (specifically the use of semiotic squares 🧐) and the Canadian Military: "the design team must must have a thorough understanding of paradigms, as well as a familiarity with the sociological/philosophical notions of...
  9. TangoTwoBravo

    Army doctrine and its Implementation

    It is a big change, including an apparent shift back to Div and Corps level operations vs the BCT focus of the recent past. The formation of Multi-Domain Task Forces (MDTFs) to counter Anti-Access Area Denial (A2AD) at theatre level is interesting. Canada has been talking about Pan-Domain...
  10. TangoTwoBravo

    Army doctrine and its Implementation

    I think you are blending your equipment comments from the Force 2025 thread. Everyone needs to understand how to employ the weapons they have - the level and nature of that understanding change depending on the level. The soldier who will be firing the weapon needs to intimately understand its...
  11. TangoTwoBravo

    Army doctrine and its Implementation

    You consider what would realistically be added to a Canadian BG or CMBG in a war setting. It allows the students to plan with systems that they could realistically have in that situation. You can take that too far - the old Corps 86 would be too far. Adding Javelins to infantry battalions sent...
  12. TangoTwoBravo

    Army doctrine and its Implementation

    It was the Soviet conception of a system of sensors, C2 and strike assets with a high level of automation and speed.
  13. TangoTwoBravo

    Army doctrine and its Implementation

    An example of doctrine being implemented very painfully in practice is the Israeli experience of Systemic Operational Design (SOD) in the 2006 Lebanon War. There are many reasons why the Israelis were not successful, but fuzzy new doctrine that was not understood by the people trying to execute...
  14. TangoTwoBravo

    Army doctrine and its Implementation

    I don't know. Let's say Col Evil, a Bde Comd in V Corps was frozen in 1989 and revived today. For peer conflict I am not sure all that much has changed. The major combat systems have evolved, but the big ones from 1989 are still there (M1, Bradley, AH64, MLRS, M109/Paladin). GPS is certainly...
  15. TangoTwoBravo

    Army doctrine and its Implementation

    I think we have developed our mostly implicit understanding of how we fight before we are on the Combat Team Commander's Course. I think that "Phase Training/DP1", service as a junior officer in a unit and the Army Operations Course are the formative experiences. In the Cold War those three...
  16. TangoTwoBravo

    ‘Defence’ doesn’t fit the job of Canada’s military any more. Let’s create a Department of National Safety instead

    We have had Public Safety Canada in place since 2003. https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/index-en.aspx I am guessing this is a surprise to some? We don't need to centralize everything - local and regional responders should have primacy unless they are faced with a situation beyond their capacity -...
  17. TangoTwoBravo

    Army doctrine and its Implementation

    I imagine most Canadian officers and Sr NCOs have either attended a Karber presentation, watched this or a similar video or read his paper written circa 2015. His work has had a lot of impact on training in the US and NATO. It was certainly part of our 2017 ARRCADE FUSION for a Corps/Div level...
  18. TangoTwoBravo

    A proposal for combined arms training for Reserve officers

    On the contrary, I find that much of Div HQ's efforts are aimed at the Res Bdes, but this can certainly shift a bit when a Reg F Bde is going into something like UNIFIED RESOLVE and MAPLE RESOLVE. CADTC is quite involved in the Reg F CMBG training, at least in terms of priorities, resources and...
  19. TangoTwoBravo

    Army doctrine and its Implementation

    I am going to stick with the theme of time in terms of planning and execution for a minute. The first Gulf War offers, at a high level, a somewhat modern view. Although the ground war was over very quickly, there was tension regarding time and execution between CENTCOM and VII Corps (3rd Army is...
  20. TangoTwoBravo

    Army doctrine and its Implementation

    Great post. I think that the Falklands War can be plumbed for insights into war between "near peers." Sure its a little dated and in a very specific area of the world, but it was a real war between real people and not a CAX against an imaginary enemy. I recently read Goose Green by...
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