“ War has rules, but those rules are set by the West…If you use those rules, then weak countries have no chance…We are a weak country, so do we need to fight according to your rules?”
Col Qiao Liang, PLA
“ Unrestricted War” Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui
HH386 The History of Modern Counterinsurgency The Art of War Hotwash LtCol. G.G. Berry
Sun Tzu means Master Sun. His first name was Wu.
According to the Records of the Grand Historian , Sun Tzu was a Chinese military general during the Spring and Autumn period (722-481 BC). The Spring and Autumn Annals of Wu and Yueh confirms this account except it claims he originates from the state of Wu, not Ch'i . Historian Samuel Griffith writes that Sun Tzu lived between 450 and 300 B.C. during the period of the “Warring States.” Most scholars surmise he lived from 544 BC to 496 BC.
By some accounts, with Sun Tzu as general, King Ho-lu captured the capital city of Ying to defeat the powerful Ch'u state in 506 BC. He then headed north and subdued the states of Ch'i and Chin. Not surprisingly, Sun Tzu's name quickly spread throughout the land and among the feudal lords.
Sun Tzu’s writings were first introduced to Japan as early as 400 A.D. The samurai would peruse its contents before each battle.
Group 1 – KIA
After taking the same route 6 missions in a row, Group 1 tipped off the Taliban and they were able to position an IED to destroy the first 3 vehicles of your convoy.
Group 2 – MIA
Although they read the ROE (made a visual aid) they still followed the same patrol route and were captured by the Taliban for fun and games in the caves.
Group 3 – KIA
Using the same battle position 8 times in a row, the enemy was able to position a RPG team and shoot down your Cobra.
Group 4 – KIA
Not altering internal security, your FOB was overrun and you were killed by the Taliban.
Group 5 – KIA
Predictably, you fell for the old beer in the mousetrap trick perpetrated by the Taliban.
Group 6 – KIA
Using the same old tactics, you “phoned it in” and the Taliban killed you in an L shaped ambush in Oruzgan.
“ According as circumstances are favorable, one should modify one’s plans.”
“ All warfare is based on deception.”
“ Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.”
“ Do not tactics which have gained repeat the you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances .”
“ Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions.”
“ He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent and thereby succeed in winning, may be called a heaven-born captain.”
“ If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
All presentations conducted with one “leader” with smaller bits meted down to each team member.
All picked out a single phrase, commented on that phrase, then waited for silence as consent.
It was like watching the same presentation six times in a row.
All teams tried to fit the “round peg” of Sun Tzu into the “square hole” of COIN.
No Mid graded another Mid lower than a 90.
All Mids said their team dynamics was “excellent” or “good”.
92% of Mids refused to select a “weak” member, or said “we were all equally helpful”.
In short, you all gave me what you THOUGHT I wanted to hear. You all fell victim to the “group think” of the USNA paradigm and failed to adequately critique your peers which limits institutional learning.