What light infantry is. And what it’s not. Micromanagement and lack of trust are problems far beyond the military. The problem may be the way we educate ourselves and how the top thinks. This problem smells of the same Ivy Covered Snob Factory created problems that corporations are having. The problem is that when you look at everything from a top down point of view you lose perspective. In war that gets good people killed and creates resentments that last decades.
European readers of The Fourth Generation Warfare Handbook may wonder why much of the latter part of the book is devoted to true light (or Jaeger) infantry. The reason is that the U.S. armed forces mis-define light infantry as line infantry with less equipment. This false definition leads the Americans to think they have light infantry when in fact they do not. Because true light infantry are usually 4GW forces’ most dangerous opponents, this leaves the U.S. largely disarmed in this kind of war. Its fall-back of massive firepower literally blows up in its face at the moral level, ensuring its defeat. (The closest thing the U.S. has to true light infantry is probably the Marine Scout/Snipers. According to one report from Afghanistan, the Taliban refer to the Scout/Snipers as “The Marines who are well-trained.” The Pashtun are, and long have been, some of the world’s best light infantry.)
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