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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Critical Self-Analysis

If we listen to the Washington, DC, pundits who get their "facts" for analysis from their favorite news media, we might believe that the US military is either the best in the world or the most FUBAR in the world.

Fortunately, our military forces do not rely heavily on the news or the pundits who interpret it. The military services are forever self-analyzing, sometimes ad nauseum. The military recognizes and studies its failures as diligently as it studies its successes. Analyses of both failures and successes contribute mightily to lessons learned.

An example of a military failure analysis is in a May 25, 2006, paper entitled Information Operations in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom - What Went Wrong? by US Army MAJ Joseph L. Cox prepared for the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.


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