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The concept of the Riskless War

Herschel Smith at the Captain's Journal writes about riskless war in terms of two excellent posts of Vampire 6's and Tim Lynch's experiences:

...When evaluated this way, each evolution or sequence may then be evaluated against another to assess relative risk between options, or designs, or situations, or circumstances.  There is of course a risk associated with wanton destruction in a counterinsurgency campaign, that being that the rate of creation of insurgents is greater than the rate of destruction of insurgents.  Yet upon General McChrystal’s implementation of his recent tactical directive which essentially changed the ROE for Afghanistan, some old warriors claimed that the net result of such a change would probably be more, not fewer, civilian casualties...

Read the whole piece at Captain's Journal.

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