Way back in the last millennium, when Europa still enjoyed fighting amongst themselves ( about the time flintlocks xformed into rifles) Deutschland finally got free of Napoleon for the last time.
"The fact that slaughter is a horrifying spectacle must make us take war
more seriously, but not provide an excuse for gradually blunting our swords in the name of humanity.
Sooner or later someone will come along with a sharper sword and hack off our heads."
As the once and future Def Sec Gates recently revealed
“… In a world of finite knowledge and limited resources,
where we have to make choices and set priorities, it makes sense to lean toward the most likely and lethal scenarios for our military…Smaller, irregular forces—insurgents, guerrillas, terrorists—will find ways, as they always have, to frustrate and neutralize the advantages of larger, regular militaries…”
Teasers like Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance:
"Understanding an adversary requires more than finished intelligence and satellite photos. It requires an appreciation of their interests, habits, intentions, beliefs, social organizations, and political symbols..
The success of the mission depends on the ability to bridge the cultural gaps both in war-fighting and in intelligence-gathering.
From a military perspective, cultural intelligence provides a means of capturing the nonmilitary elements of information that are especially relevant in stability and support operations."
"To win the next war, America’s leadership must continue to
emphasize the need for the entire government to be prepared to fight global terrorism and related small-scale conflicts like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This requires the full integration of all instruments of national
power, the cooperation and participation of friends and allies, and the support of the American people."
pic - "Future Army"