I don’t enjoy, as recently, being lectured on what is and is not suitable content for the forum/blog.
Although this site is primarily aimed at the armed civilian, it is not exclusive to that, nor is content most useful to the armed civilian reserved simply to ‘prepper matters.’
The is Max Velocity Tactical. The intent of the forum is to educate on tactics, and the use of. We don’t just have civilian readers, we have military also, and it is wrong to assume that topics for the military are not relevant to civilians. Plain silly, really. Current military operations are where tactics, or not, get the most use of, or not. Not in the civilian realm – and thus it makes sense to discuss what is happening in operational theaters. Civilians won’t get to roll this out until the collapse – in the absence of small scale incidents such as home invasion, self defense scenarios etc.
The intent of MVT is to promote tactical excellence (“in order to keep good folks alive’). In fact, it has not eluded me that given the increasing loss of SUT as an art in the US Military, MVT (although civilian in focus) may be increasingly one of the few places to keep the art alive, as well as other places such as Ranger School and the SF Q course.
With many school focused on very basic ‘techniques’ as per the ‘What is so Special about Special Ops‘ post, we teach tactics on top of the basics. Recently we had Zuke, who has since beat feet of his own accord, become ‘insulted’ by that very same post. That is not the sort of open minded discussion that I promote on this forum.
The intent here is to become a place of tactical excellence. Yes, there will be questions from newbies and oldies alike about gear, and we support all that. But we should also be discussing tactics, operational art, 4th Gen Warfare etc. I encourage such posts, and please don’t hold back with it if you are an SME and want to get discussions started.
I don’t want to become stuck, tongue on cheek, on the whole “I can’t get more than one guy for my team” prepper meme.
Here is the link the the 4GW paper, H/T GWNS: LINK
What do we teach on the CP class: Raid, ambush, recce…..’Jaeger style’ SUT. The art.
Extract from the 4GW Paper (emphasis mine):
As Fourth Generation war spreads, it will be inevitable that, even if all the advice offered above is followed, Marines will find themselves fighting Fourth Generation enemies. It is important both for the preparation for war and the conduct of war that Marines know that Fourth Generation war is above all light infantry warfare.
As a practical matter, the forces of most of our non-state, Fourth Generation adversaries will be all or mostly irregular light infantry. Few Fourth Generation non-state actors can afford anything else, and irregulars do enjoy some important advantages over conventional forces. They can be difficult to target, especially with air power and artillery. They can avoid stronger but more heavily equipped opponents by using concealment and dispersal (often within the civil population). They can fight an endless war of mines and ambushes. Because irregulars operate within the population and are usually drawn from it, they can solicit popular support or, if unsuccessful, compel popular submission.
Light infantry is the best counter to irregulars because it offers three critical capabilities. First, good light infantry (unless badly outnumbered) can usually defeat almost any force of irregulars it is likely to meet. It can do this in a “man to man” fight that avoids the “Goliath” image. If the light infantry does not load itself too heavily with arms and equipment, it can enjoy the same mobility as the irregulars (enhanced, as necessary by helicopters or attached motor vehicles).
Second, when it uses force, light infantry can be far more discriminating than other combat arms and better avoid collateral damage. This is critically important at both the mental and moral levels.
Third, unlike soldiers who encase themselves in tanks or other armored boxes, fly overhead in tactical aircraft or man far-away artillery pieces or monitoring stations, light infantrymen can show the local population a “human face.” They can be courteous and even apologize for their mistakes. They can protect the local people from retaliation by the irregulars, assist with public works projects or help form and train a local defense force.
Marines reading this FMFM may think at this point that we are ahead of the game because we have light infantry in our force structure already. Unfortunately, what we call light infantry is really mechanized and motorized infantry without armored fighting vehicles. It possesses neither the tactical repertoire nor the foot mobility of true light (or Jaeger) infantry. A detailed discussion of the changes required to create a genuine Marine light infantry may be found in appendix B. Here, we will note only that without true light infantry, we will seldom be able to come to grips with the elusive irregulars who will be our opponents in most Fourth Generation conflicts.