13 August 2008
Stuck on dinosaur
ILE maybe stuck in the old. When we first started ILE we discussed the next kind of war and the potential for a new revolution in military affairs. We discussed counter terrorism and the COIN fight. But when it comes to exercises we are fighting a conventional HIC war. We are fighting an armored horde that uses conventional soviet tactics. Really what changes has ILE made? When we leave ILE commanders will expect us to be masters of our craft and yet we are still fighting HIC warfare. We are working outside of our career field. Regardless of our chosen professions in the Army, our time at ILE should be focused more on mastery of our individual skills, rather than some broad brush stroke. Lets be honest, most of us will be returning to the fight. A fight which is not going away by Dec 12th (our graduation). ILE needs an overhaul. It needs to admit reality, and prepare young field grade officers for the fight they will be in. Regardless of the level we go to, most of us will be in a fight. There is to much still being executed here under the pretext of "that's how we've always done it."