Norfolk Posted December 29, 2007 Share Posted December 29, 2007 "The dogmas of war" by Lt.Col. Gian P. Gentile (Armed Forces Journal):http://www.armedforcesjournal.com/2007/11/3155836I very much agree with Col. Gentile's analysis of the Iraq War. However, it is in the last few paragraphs of his article that his real concern emerges; that the US Army is losing its ability to wage Conventional Warfare by shifting from the pre-2003 extreme of concentrating on Conventional War almost exclusively to the opposite extreme of now concentrating on Unconventional Warfare to the general detriment of the former. In short, we may be able to afford the loss of a Small, Unconventional War, but by losing too much of our capacity to wage Large, Conventional War, we may lose a future War whose consequences we cannot just shrug off. I am not advocating the abandonment or marginalization of Unconventional/Low-Intensity/COIN/Small War Warfare; but given the Strategic imperatives mentioned above, would it not make sense for Unit and Formation training to consist of say, a mix of 25% Unconventional/Low-Intensity/COIN/Small War Warfare and 75% Conventional/High-Intensity/Intervention/Big Wars Warfare? 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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