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Offline DicedT

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Interview with PW Singer
« on: May 23, 2012, 08:01:08 AM »
I talked with the Wired for War author, who's a consultant for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. He has some interesting observations about the future of warfare: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/05/08/call_of_duty_black_ops_interview

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Re: Interview with PW Singer
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2012, 08:22:16 AM »
I found this question to be particularly good

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FP: Many of the next generation of soldiers will play this game, which means eventually the next generation of commanders will have played it. Do you believe video games like this affect how real armies fight?

it's a question I would LOVE to see asked of many folks in military leadership
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Re: Interview with PW Singer
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2012, 08:28:56 AM »
as a follow-up from the answer to that question...

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I talked to a Navy SEAL training officer who said, "With my generation, if we were told to run for the wall, we ran for the wall. With this generation, if you tell them to run for the wall, they ask why." But then he added, "If you tell them why, they'll figure out a better way to do it."

It's interesting that you hear that with every generation.
My dad's first assignment ('71) was command of a basic training company (as a 2LT, he was a commander!).  His First Sergeant used to claim the same thing.
My NCO's in 1-40 AR back in California said the same thing about their EMs.
I heard the same thing 10 years later when those EMs became platoon sergeants.
I suspect we'll be hearing it again in 20 years.  And 40 years.
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Re: Interview with PW Singer
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2012, 08:35:29 AM »
as a follow-up from the answer to that question...

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I talked to a Navy SEAL training officer who said, "With my generation, if we were told to run for the wall, we ran for the wall. With this generation, if you tell them to run for the wall, they ask why." But then he added, "If you tell them why, they'll figure out a better way to do it."

It's interesting that you hear that with every generation.
My dad's first assignment ('71) was command of a basic training company (as a 2LT, he was a commander!).  His First Sergeant used to claim the same thing.
My NCO's in 1-40 AR back in California said the same thing about their EMs.
I heard the same thing 10 years later when those EMs became platoon sergeants.
I suspect we'll be hearing it again in 20 years.  And 40 years.

IIRC the same thing was said of our Continental Army when it was formed. The distinguishing feature of our soldiers was that they didn't follow orders blindly, but questioned them, and executed after they understood the intent.