Hello, new poster here. I left the service some years ago (US Army), but I've recently read threads here that describe some infantry skills that posters think need to be introduced or improved in Iraq, as part of a wider Hearts and Minds sea-change for the US elements of the coalition. Some things like our checkpoints being deficient, our use of recon by fire instead of inserting riflemen, etc. Well, if you were given carte blanche over the Defense Department (Rumsfeld with unlimited political capital), and you were keen on making the Iraq effort work, what would you do? Not in terms of policy (which is above your head), but in terms of training, organization, RoE, and missions? It just seems to me the British Army has an orientation toward COIN and a rather strong emphasis on infantry (possibly a product of the Northern Ireland situation?), and I'd like to hear some of that perspective from your soldiers... there do seem to be very strong cultural differences that might make some of those suggestions not acceptable to us, but some would certainly be.