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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2020 9:55 p.m. PST

…for Today

"Speaking in October this year on the readiness of U.S. armed forces, then-Secretary of Defense Mark Esper referenced Task Force Smith a unit decimated in the early days of the Korean War as a result of being sent into combat with insufficient training, inadequate munitions and equipment, and understrength manning.

This spectacular battlefield failure gave birth to a new rallying cry: "No more Task Force Smiths!"

As the military ramps up for great power competition, the lessons of Task Force Smith still resonate within the Pentagon. After two decades of focusing on terrorists and other non-state opponents, the U.S. Joint Force must once again consider battle with major state powers. None of the services wants to find itself as unready for that kind of fight as was Task Force Smith. Yet each faces challenges…"
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Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2020 8:45 a.m. PST

Too true. Read "Rising Sun, Falling Skies" by Jeffrey Cox to find out just how pathetic and heroic that effort was.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2020 12:33 p.m. PST



Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Dec 2020 1:49 p.m. PST

Frankly, I don't think the US Navy will have much chance when the balloon goes up.

Too little will to prepare for a major war by Congress, and the prospect that the first strike will actually be against all US infrastructure via Internet attack and/or EMP to reduce the populace to panic, preventing Government from being able to effectively respond in the crucial opening week or so of hostilities.

I could go on, but it's all too depressing.


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2021 12:50 p.m. PST



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