Sunday, June 22, 2008

NOT in the msm!

Some of you know, I like to keep an eye out for news you will never find in the msm. Today, I want to share with you a piece that our pal CJ wrote:

It Takes An Army

June 22nd, 2008 (9:42 am) by CJ-

Iraq’s military is progressing by leaps and bounds. With the surge producing the best possible environment for the government to plant their feet in the sand and put their shoulder to the wheel of progress, a lot is being done to ensure that the nation can defend itself. We all know that a military needs more than just combat troops. There is a saying, at least in the Army, that it takes ten support Soldiers for one combat arms Soldier to be effective. That Soldier has to be armed, fed, rested, paid, etc. The Iraqi military is quickly accomplishing that piece on its own.

Almost 200 students graduated from an advanced intelligence course at the Iraqi Military Intelligence Academy in Taji, June 18. Each had completed the four-week Basic Military Intelligence Course and a five-week specialty course. Eight of the students were the first to graduate from the new geospatial and mapping course. Having the Iraqi’s gather their own intelligence is much more efficient and effective than we could ever provide. Most of our intelligence collection comes from technical means. Sure, we have some human interaction (a lot actually), but it’s impossible for an American to melt into the environment and “one of them.” Iraqis are more capable of blending in which will lead to more accurate and timely intelligence that will passed on to the warfighter...

Go read the rest here.

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