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To: Valin

Tooth to tail has been a friction point in military operations since the Romans.

The problem is when you go in more high tech, that requires a more robust maintenance and support infrastructure, both in facilities and people.

When (as we do) you rely on air supremacy as an operational condition, you add another big layer on the command and control side.

Back when I was in the gun club, we thought that if you sent 50 percent of the field grade officers home and replaced them with E-3s we'd have a better force.


5 posted on 10/31/2005 10:22:13 AM PST by kas2591 (Life's harder when you're stupid.)
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To: kas2591
"The problem is when you go in more high tech, that requires a more robust maintenance and support infrastructure, both in facilities and people."

Yes, but the author points out that "On our larger base camps, much larger numbers of soldiers, airmen, and Marines are working the same 9 to 5 duty hours that they work back home" and "logistical functions are thinly spread amongst tens of thousands of troops" and "many of our maintenance functions, food services, laundry services, and supply functions at our secure areas are outsourced to Kellogg, Brown and Root." This paints a picture of lots of Soldiers being no longer relevant or simply not pulling their weight. Of course, if Soldiers do not pull their weight, it is because they have leaders who don't make them pull their weight. Perhaps it is time for a George Marshall-esque purging of some entrenched bureaucrats. Unfortunately, this would have to be on the NCO side of the house as well as the officer side, now that the Sergeants Major are as perfumed and lavishly treated as their officer counterparts.

6 posted on 10/31/2005 5:06:38 PM PST by Axhandle
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