Friday, July 23, 2010
Check out the video and article over at NewsNet5.com.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Not so long ago while flipping through channels on the TV I happened upon a documentary of the United States Army’s Special Forces, also known as the “Green Berets.” Never having served myself, my perception of this group was always based more on movies like “Rambo” where the Green Beret is an unstoppable one-man army who takes on the bad guys singlehandedly. In the real world, of course, this turns out not to be the case.
The Green Berets have many different groups and many different missions. And while like Rambo they are expected to have exceptional and specialized combat skills, what was fascinating to me was the focus on “soft skills.” One of their missions is to build insurgent and counter-insurgent groups from whatever groups of people they have available. They need to be able to communicate with natives of foreign countries, train them in the use of weapons and tactics, and lead them into battle. A single 12-man “A-Team” is expected to be capable of building and leading a 200 member guerrilla force! Within the military this is called a “Force Multiplier” and it’s a very powerful concept.