- Jul 29, 2001
And thanks for your follow up link - been reading all night.Thanks for that link to MAJ Jim Gant's piece on the SF approach. It pretty much reinforces the correspondence and conversations I have had with others in the special operations community on how to approach the situation there.
I went to the front page of Steven Pressfield's blog to read the commentary of Brigade Intel Officer Jim Gourley to the piece and response from MAJ Gant. These are also well worth reviewing as the discussion allows a further understanding of the practicality of adopting such an approach and highlights the typical concerns which are expressed by the non-SF community.
The Army leadership as a whole is still wrestling with how to do this right. Most of the SF ODAs want to fight the war MAJ Gant's way, but there likely has to be a different approach in the cities, maybe a variant of how the French paras approached the cities in Algeria, as it looks like control of the urbanized areas is a stated priority.
Like most efforts of this type, it is a work in progress.