Russia said on Monday it would supply an S surface-to-air missile system to Syria in two weeks despite strong Israeli objections, a week after Moscow accused Israel of indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military jet in Syria. Russia, which fights in Syria to support the government against rebels and militants, has said Syrian anti-aircraft batteries shot its IL surveillance plane down by mistake shortly after Israeli jets hit a nearby target. Moscow accused Israel of creating dangerous conditions that caused the incident. Israel, which has carried out air strikes in Syria many times during the civil war, said after the incident it would work to improve "deconfliction" of its missions with Russian forces, but would not halt them.
Training for Future Conflicts local copyDefense Science Board report, June The task force's principal finding is that transformation of the military will substantially increase the cognitive demands on even the most junior levels of the military. In short, everybody must think.
Our current training and education processes will not adequately prepare our people to cope with these increasing and constantly changing cognitive requirements.
Something new is needed to insure that all our forces are competent to do the many tasks that our transformed military will require of them. In general, however, we find that the research and development funding required to create this new kind of training is not only scarce, it is being cut.
Finally, we find that the personnel system, like the acquisition system, is similarly free to disrupt training and military proficiency without being called to account for these results.
Definition -- Training is relevant practice with feedback Many myths about training are sustained by commonsense, but not by research. Residential instruction has a long historical precedent.
For some kinds of training it is still appropriate, but lectures are a poor way to instil complex skills.
Moreover, moving people in and out of schoolhouses is costly and incredibly disruptive to unit cohesion. Personal computers, networking, and new training technology now make it possible to move knowledge to the student instead of moving the student to the classroom. Of particular note is the varied educational backgrounds which suggest a degree of "intellectual pluralism" which the Army and the Functional Area demand.
While many in the Army have similar backgrounds and education --which may result in group think-- you'd be hard-pressed to assert that the varied backgrounds of the officers that populate our ranks e.
Consensus seems to building among them that this conflict was fought brilliantly at the technological level but inadequately at the human level. The human element seems to underlie virtually all of the functional shortcomings chronicled in official reports and media stories: This new era of war requires soldiers equipped with exceptional cultural awareness and an intuitive sense for the nature and character of war.
Where should this culture centric learning take place? Unfortunately higher-level military colleges and schools fail to meet the learning needs of the services. Very few military leaders are fortunate to be selected to attend institutions that teach war.
Those selected are chosen based solely on job performance rather than for the excellence of their intellect.
Personnel policies affecting the purpose of senior military education have transformed these institutions partly into meeting places intended to achieve interservice, inter agency and international comity. The price for socialization has been a diminishment in the depth and rigor of war studies within these institutions.
Thus the central elements necessary to gain a deeper understanding of the nature and character or war, military history primarily along with war games and military psychology and leadership, often are slighted in an effort to teach every subject to every conceivable constituency to the lowest common denominator.
First, every military leader, particularly those whose job is to practice war, must be given every opportunity to study war. Learning must be a life-long process.
Every soldier regardless of grade or specialty should be given unfettered and continuous access to the best and most inclusive programs of war studies.
Every soldier who takes advantage of the opportunity to learn must receive recognition and professional reward for the quality of that learning. Contemporary distance learning technology allows the learning process to be amplified and proliferated such that every soldier can learn to his or her capacity and motivation.
Second, those who demonstrate exceptional brilliance and whose capacity for higher level strategic leadership is exemplary should be afforded a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge to a degree unprecedented in the past.
In this scheme the traditional staff and war colleges would focus attention exclusively on a constituency selected principally on intellectual merit.Colonel (Retired) Joe Osborne is failing badly at retirement.
He is a Research Fellow with the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), President of Osborne Strategic – a defense and security consulting firm, Co-founder of Other World Distributors, and a PhD Student. U.S. Army Special Operations Command Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command U.S.
Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Strategic Command U.S. Army Medical Command U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command U.S. Army Criminal -Investigation Command. You should not have a favorite weapon Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings If there is one attitude more dangerous than to assume that a future war will be just like the last one, it is to imagine that it will be so utterly different that we can afford to ignore all the lessons of the last one.
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