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[QUOTE="Marauder06, post: 226423, member: 19"] This was a good, thought-provoking post Spider6. That all makes sense, best practices tend to crosslevel over time, and in many circumstances "security is security" so yeah, it doesn't surprise me a bit that law enforcement and military operations sometimes overlap. [LIST] [/LIST] I'd like to think that that kind of "actualization" takes place much earlier in an officer's career, like in pre-commissioning. ;) Of course they would. They would have a difficult time doing anything on that scale "suddenly." This stuff is not easy, and we're a little busy right now. At the same time, last I checked we're in the middle of two counterinsurgencies, so yeah, I think that's where we need to focus our training effort. Do you have a link to exactly what it was COL Gentile said? I want to see it in context. Short-duration, high intensity conflict is easy for us. Especially against second-rate militaries, including Iran. It's what comes AFTER that is so bedeviling. What is it exactly that COL Gentile thinks our brigades are going to have problems with? The Iranian military? Please. It's fighting the religiously-based insurgency that happens AFTER we crush their navy, their air force, and their armored formations that is going to cause problems. Just like it did in Iraq and Afghanistan. So many that's the stuff we need to (continue to) train on. I can think of no scenario in which we would send massed brigades on the ground into Iran... UNLESS it's part of a post-war humanitarian relief mission. Just like in Syria. So what kind of training is going to be better in that kind of scenario, the stuff we're doing now, or training up to fight armored hordes that only exist in Krasnovian doctrine? What is it that people are expecting a war with Iran to look like? Does COL Gentile or anyone else really think that we're going to occupy another Muslim country, now?:hmm: We are FAR to risk-averse as a nation to go traipsing into another bloody money pit in the Middle East. I didn't see the exact quote, but COL Gentile is a bonafide COIN hater whose personal biases tend to creep in to what he publishes. I also know from firsthand experience that on at least on occasion he fired from the hip after doing zero research on a topic, because what he "thought" the story was fit into his personal agenda. So keep that in mind, too. That said, he seems to be a smart enough guy, and he does have some legit "street cred" in terms of military service, so that should be considered also. [/QUOTE]
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