- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was enjoying a Sierra Nevada Torpedo or two (yum-oh) and reading The Complete Roman Army and this line jumped out at me:
It was a point of pride for the Romans to be willing to copy and employ the effective tactics or equipment of their enemies. . . .
This made me wonder: Have we copied any enemy tactics over the last decade? If not, is there a good reason (like the tactics are inhumane) or is it just the "casual arrogance" that Andrew Exum identified?
The Future of War essays (no. 18): Who cares about ‘the future of war’? We should be thinking about the future of victory!Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at email@example.com. | Best Defense |
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