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Monday, September 24, 2012

Stuck in the Mud

For John, BLUF:  In Afghanistan, at the "tactical" level, we seem to be going through the motions, rather than being innovative and smartly aggressive.  Further, technology is not a replacement for training, leadership and a quality circle approach to learning from those at the coal face.

"Stuck in the Mud" is the title of a blog post by Writer Michael Yon.  The issue is the Afghan War at the level of the individual Soldier or Marine.

War is usually visualized as being composed of Tactical, Operational and Strategic levels.  At the strategic level we have the President, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, and people of that ilk deciding the big questions, which revolve around what we will do before the 2014 US/NATO withdrawal, and after.  As some say, matching Ends, Ways and Means.

The operational level is big unit employment.

The tactical level is small units, although in a big war (e.g.; World War II), Army wise, it can include corps level units.  It is at the tactical level that Michael Yon has been embedded.  At that level he has noticed the inability of the Department of Defense to adapt to the environment.  For example, the Army's insistence on flying MEDEVAC helicopters with Red Crosses and thus unarmed.  The Taliban doesn't respect the Red Cross.  It does no good.  Insistence on the Red Cross sometimes delays medical evacuations.  This does not make good "tactical" sense.

It does sound like we have lost our way.  Read the whole thing.

Related is a book, Mud:  A Military History, by C.E. Wood.

Regards  —  Cliff

  My formulation is "Matching objectives, threats and opportunities in a resource constrained environment".


Jack Mitchell said...

I still have to read through the links, but would the Taliban respect a "Red Crescent," as opposed to a Red "Cross?"

A cross is kinda like flipping all Muslims the bird. The Red Crescent is interchangeable with the Red Cross.

C R Krieger said...

Probably not, but the "Red Cross" is a definite red flag, not that the Taliban are lacking in reasons to attack us.

More important is the question of leadership at the Brigade and Battalion and Company level.  Where is the First Shirt and where are the Sergeant Majors in all this?

Regards  —  Cliff