Politics aside, the gem of the week is tucked away in a Delta operators observations abut conducting missions in non-permissive environments such as those found in Yemen.
After clearly explaining the situation on the ground in the larger context, he gets into the weeds and reveals a key to the reason for the difficulties:
“The terrorists have protected themselves and secured themselves, too. They have IEDs surrounding their bases. They have tripwires. They run surveillance and counter surveillance. In some ways, they operate like a military without a state behind them. They’ve learned a lot of lessons from Iraq, and because of that, they are much more deadly than before.”
Bill Lind, John Boyd, Martin van Creveld, Chet Richards, and many more have been talking about this eventuality for decades now so this comes as no surprise for most people who keep an eye on these types of developments.
Decentralization is the only logical path forward, and fortunately, it’s the simplest to achieve in the immediate future and will pay much higher dividends than the current top heavy system.
The fourth generation of warfare is upon us, that means the 5th isn’t far behind.
You can’t beat today’s problems with yesterday’s solutions, especially when they are generations behind.