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UO Doctrine and FM 3-06

What is the UO Framework?  Is it a useful construct or does it just repeat concepts that are already well described elsewhere in doctrine?   If its useful, how is it useful? 

The Big question:  Do we really need specialized doctrine for UO?

September 24, 2008 Posted by | Urban Warfare | , , | Leave a comment

Dynamics of Urban Control

An interesting discussion in urban operations class today.  It revolved around how do you “control” a city after “seizing” it.  Part of the discussion revolved around what is meant by “control.”  Doest that mean physically control terrain, or does it have a broader meaning which includes the voluntary cooperation of the population.  A similar concept to that of “seizing” and “holding”  as discussed by a recent guest speaker.  The below diagram resulted from the discussion and may illustrate the dynamics of “controlling” an urban area. 


September 24, 2008 Posted by | Urban Warfare | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Soldiers vs. Warriors

An interesting piece which makes a point that I hope all professional soldiers understand but that reminds us that some don’t:

Soldiers and Warriors

By Robert Bateman






~ To the tune of the 7th Cavalry tune “Sergeant Flynn”
I am a Seventh Cavalry officer. I commanded in that most famous of American units, and my regimental affiliation and affections will always be with the men who wear the upturned horseshoe crest of that regiment. As a historian, and as perhaps the de facto regimental historian (since there is no such thing as a de jure position for this function), I am also very well acquainted with our legacy. The Seventh Cavalry was created to man the outposts of the frontiers in the wake of the Civil War, and to fight against the warrior cultures of the Native American tribes as need be. But in doing so they were not then, and are not now, warriors themselves. The men of the 7th Cavalry were and are soldiers. There is a significant difference between the two.

Read the rest of the article here.

September 22, 2008 Posted by | Current Events, leadership | Leave a comment

Senior leadership

Read this article by David Ignatius:  20 Months in Baghdad.  A good example of senior leadership for the 21st Century –but really the qualities of senior leadership in all of history.  Patraeus understands, like Eisenhower, Marshall, Pershing, Grant and Washington, that senior military leadership is much more about war than it is about battles.   Much more about attitude and demeanor than training (not that battles and training can be ignored).  I think if you look back at other senior leaders, not so recent, or American –Ceasar, Frederick, Napoleon.  They got it as well.  The question then becomes… how do you create leaders like this that “get it.”  Or, are we stuck with what appears to be the methodology consistant throughout history –they just show up?

September 19, 2008 Posted by | leadership | Leave a comment

Goldwater-Nichols Act

The Goldwater-Nichols Act is likely the most dramatic legislated change in the operation of the U.S. military since the 1947 National Defense Act.  How significantly has it changed how the U.S. military operates?  Have post-Goldwater Nichols operations been far superior in planning and execution than previous?  Finally, what does it say about the U.S. military that major change had to be legislated?  Is that a good or bad thing?

September 17, 2008 Posted by | H300 | , , , , | 1 Comment

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