Security Watchtower has a great post and an ominous warning for all military strategists. Here is an excerpt:
"North Korean officials have been pouring over video tape, maps, and resource files in an effort to better understand U.S. strategy, tactics and weapons capabilities in Iraq. According to author Joseph Bermudez, the studies conducted by North Korea are 'extensive' and included all U.S. military operations in recent years."
"The North Korean government has warned their population of 22 million on multiple occasions to prepare for war with the United States, and last year issued a 33-page guidline manual for what to do in event of war. From a military perspective, one could assume that the North Korean Army has been adapting tactics, weapons and planning based upon what they have witnessed in Afghanistan and Iraq."
Security Watchtower makes some great points. My favorite passage is the following:
"Dictators, tyrants, despots and terrorists are taking notes and their findings are conclusive. The U.S. military is the most powerful military force ever to grace the planet. Under the current leadership they are unafraid to use it, and pre-emptively so if necessary. The American people have paid a far greater price in the past to vanquish their enemies, and the resolve remains strong today to do the same."
The only point I would make is U.S. military should not get complacent and fight the last war. U.S. military planners must continue to adapt strategy and tactics and keep the enemy guessing.
Major Mike has a series of great posts on what is needed to fully transform given geopolitical and economic realities. Well worth reading.