Are we learning the right lessons from Iraq ?

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  1. The link below goes to a very interesting presentation from the US Army War College. It's a year or so old but still worth a read. To quote from the last slide:

    "Central finding: synergistic interaction between advanced technology and Iraqi ineptitude was necessary and sufficient for low-cost victory"

    This assessment and other points therein do not appear to be reflected in a lot of the "lessons learned" I've seen. What does everyone else think ?

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/congress/2003_hr/03-10-21warcollege.pdf
     
  2. Typical American jargon.

    Anyway, I thought that the term was now 'Lessons Identified' because as someone rightly pointed out, we never seem to learn lessons, just make the same mistakes again.

    :wink:
     
  3. And they've done quite a good job of illustrating the point, too.

    I suppose the example of speed and advanced technology meeting a less inept opponent is the first Russian "Thunder Run" into Grozny's main square. 100% losses for the Russians, IIRC.

    Unlike the examples shown in the presentation, the Chechens did make best use of concealment, equivalent personal skills, etc. - remember the slides showing "typical location of hits on Russian AFVs"?

    After all, have all the ERA you like, an RPG-22 down onto the commander's hatch is still going to make your ears ring. And to link it in to the "Chariot 4" thread, I understand that the new Israeli Merkava 4 has had its loader's hatch removed in order to thicken the roof armour........
     
  4. The counterfactual slide says it all I think, regarding a very long war and the fact that the Iraqis seem to be quite good now at partisan warfare! The end of major combat operations has certainly put them in a postion of very steep curve learning.