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Life on the FOB – Day 6 in Afghanistan

The Afghan weekend is over. Saturday is Monday here.  I woke up early and linked up with the Brit combat advisers. The Brits were, once again, fantastic, allowing me to embed with them, answering my questions, and indulging in my taking field notes. Moreover, they are excellent mentors and trainers. They have a lot of […]

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What Errol Morris, Kuhn, and Incomensurability have to do with Military Stability Operations

INCOMMENSURABILITY – Opinionator – Errol Morris recently wrote a five part piece in the New York times Opinionator on Thomas Kuhn’s notion of incommensurability. In studying the history and philosophy of science, Kuhn claimed that identical words and concepts were used in different ways that could not be resolved because they were emplaced within […]

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Kennedy on new armies

From a 1962 JFK speech: “Your military responsibilities will require a versatility and an adaptability never before required in war or in peace.” “Sec Def” Gates at West Point, 2011:”In my opinion, any future defence secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East […]

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