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Company Command’s greatest hits, Vol. 5: Why not to make a goal of ‘zero KIA’

    Nothing really jumped out at me from Company Command ‘s 2008 selections, so now in our continuing celebration of this great website we go directly to my favorite for 2009, on why making a goal of bringing all your people home alive from a combat deployment is probably not a good idea: It ...

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Nothing really jumped out at me from Company Command ‘s 2008 selections, so now in our continuing celebration of this great website we go directly to my favorite for 2009, on why making a goal of bringing all your people home alive from a combat deployment is probably not a good idea:

It just seems to me that the ‘zero-KIA philosophy’ leads to apparent tactical successes that collectively can add up to a strategic failure. We all hope not to suffer casualties, yes, but a command emphasis on averting casualties seems misguided and, frankly, unattainable. – Erik Archer, 127th MP Co.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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