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HOW TO WIN WARS THE ARSENAL WAY

Is Donald Rumsfeld a closet soccer fan? In its survey of the year's big (and little) ideas The New York Times says strategists think the US armed forces should use a new sporting paradigm for new forms of insurgency-style warfare:

"For decades, the American military's war-fighting paradigm has been provided by football: the massing and coordinated movement of overwhelming force, replete with a playbook of long bombs, end runs, blitzes and, most explicitly, the ''Hail Mary'' maneuver that sealed General Schwarzkopf's victory against Iraq in 1991...

"The solution... is for the American armed forces to become far more soccerlike themselves by developing small, flexible units that can operate autonomously to meet the elusive enemy wherever it appears. 'The United States needs to reorient its thinking about war...not as a series of discrete battles ('plays') marching down a field to victory, but rather a continuous struggle involving 'a shifting combination of offense and defense' "


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