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cannat99

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The best way to revamp the Canadian army unconventionally
« on: June 15, 2019, 02:35:47 PM »

The fact that military education (just like western education in general) today in the US and other NATO countries over emphasizes the STEM-based/technological aspects of war over its humanistic and philosophical components so that soldiers are trained to be mere technicians of war rather than artists of war will have a significant effect on our combat effectiveness and to its detriment.

Better computers, better information and more technical aptitude will NOT win wars since technology has never been a decisive factor in the winning of wars. Was the German Army superior because it had better tanks than the French and British? On the contrary, in 1940 when Germany invaded France, German tanks were generally of lower quality and producation rates to French tanks which were some of the best in West Europe. However, unlike the French, the Germans had devised new and innovative tank tactics in the 30s and trained their tank crews in such tactics such as the combined assault, ground air-support, the V-maneuver.

A low-tech, ill-equipped Third World Army like the Vietnamese could beat the most advanced army in the world back in the 70s. Who really thinks its really any different this time?

Money would be better spent on defense budgets if they were allocated to more rigorous training programs for soldiers focused on combat skills and intensive humanistic education for officers with a core study around military history, strategy and tactics as well as foreign languages and political science. This was the core curriculum in the German Kriegsakademie back in the day. You can actually ditch math so that more time can be focused on more relevant subjects for the military arts.

These expensive weapons acquisition programs done by the Pentagon and the Dept. of Defense are not even effective and is just money wasted on the military industrial complex that will do nothing to help win wars.
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Re: The best way to revamp the Canadian army unconventionally
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2019, 03:51:09 PM »

The fact that military education (just like western education in general) today in the US and other NATO countries over emphasizes the STEM-based/technological aspects of war over its humanistic and philosophical components so that soldiers are trained to be mere technicians of war rather than artists of war will have a significant effect on our combat effectiveness and to its detriment.

Better computers, better information and more technical aptitude will NOT win wars since technology has never been a decisive factor in the winning of wars. Was the German Army superior because it had better tanks than the French and British? On the contrary, in 1940 when Germany invaded France, German tanks were generally of lower quality and producation rates to French tanks which were some of the best in West Europe. However, unlike the French, the Germans had devised new and innovative tank tactics in the 30s and trained their tank crews in such tactics such as the combined assault, ground air-support, the V-maneuver.

A low-tech, ill-equipped Third World Army like the Vietnamese could beat the most advanced army in the world back in the 70s. Who really thinks its really any different this time?

Money would be better spent on defense budgets if they were allocated to more rigorous training programs for soldiers focused on combat skills and intensive humanistic education for officers with a core study around military history, strategy and tactics as well as foreign languages and political science. This was the core curriculum in the German Kriegsakademie back in the day. You can actually ditch math so that more time can be focused on more relevant subjects for the military arts.

These expensive weapons acquisition programs done by the Pentagon and the Dept. of Defense are not even effective and is just money wasted on the military industrial complex that will do nothing to help win wars.
Firstly, I agree that we must study the art of war instead of simply being technicians of it. I would however, challenge your notion that technology has never been a decisive factor is waging war. If this was true, why was the invention of gunpower so revolutionary for the conditions of the battlefield? Why don't we still have people waging war with crossbows and swords?

The Vietnamese were successful in the 70s not necessarily because of the nature of their army, but the environmental conditions surrounding them during their conflicts and the ability to successfully use guerrilla tactics.

Regardless, we should study the more subtle, artful ways to wage war. A method of war is being waged on us today, it is a war of disinformation propagated by the mainstream controlled media.
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