Military Transformation - cracks begin to show

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  1. I came across the link below, which is a report to the US Congress from a retired Colonel. Clearly some are starting to look at the current trends towards lighter forces, network enabled warfare and pointing out the flaws. As FRES is the same idea it is clearly relevant to us.

    Some good quotes:

    "I will begin by examining two of the fundamental assumptions that are distorting Army transformation. The first of these distortions arises from the belief that information can substitute for armored protection, firepower and off-road mobility."

    "As experience in Iraq demonstrates, another flawed assumption is the belief that strategic speed (deployment) is worth sacrificing protection and firepower."
  2. Thia quote seems to be particularly relevant to British forces, too...

    And I'm very glad to see he's recognised this:-

  3. Strange one says
    ' strategic speed (deployment) is worth sacrificing protection and firepower.'

    Rapid deployment gets the politicos and senior military off the hook and 'sacrificing protection and firepower' gets Tommy in the sh1t.
    Is it true no one in the UK Labour Parlimentry members has ever served in Her Majestys forces ?
  4. The Labour party have adopted the manouverist approach to modern shoulder sloping.
  5. Arnhem

    "He who fails to learn from history is doomed to repeat it"
  6. X-Inf

    X-Inf War Hero Book Reviewer

    This is a well argued paper in which the gentleman has demonstrated not only an understanding of what has happened, why it has happened and where the future seems to be taking the US forces, but he is aware of the strength of feeling held by the US's allies.

    Being such a well balanced report giving sensible recommendations which look like they may work against the proposals which he claims will not work, how much weight do you think the US Guvment will place on it?

  7. He will be quietly and unceremoniously sacked!
  8. X-Inf

    X-Inf War Hero Book Reviewer

    Like your avatar PY. Ninety Twa and no deid yet!
  9. Aw rite! betrayed by Tories, Fcked by Labour, I'm voting Arrse next time round!

    watch out X-Inf, PP's bodyguard are in their sights!

    yours aye
  10. X-Inf

    X-Inf War Hero Book Reviewer

    We are all in their sights unfortunately.

    BTW You may be Cock o' the North but we are all being turned over by the Cnuts o' the South.

    Watch & Shoot
  11. Can I point out to you two inestimable Scottish chaps that the people in charge at the moment tend to be from that fair part of the UK you call home. Blair is vaguely Scottish (depends who he's talking to) Brown is a true son of the kirk (who appears to have mixed up the tolerance of the wee free with the good news message of the socialist workers party).