Dealing Us Out of the War

"Many intelligence reports in war are contradictory; even more are false, and most are uncertain."      -Carl von Clausewitz There was a joke going around the Army in the mid-70s during the rise of the Operations Research System Analyst (ORSA) in military decision-making:    One day, the Chief of Staff wanted to know what equaled 2 plus 2.  His exec called in representatives from the various branches, Armor, Infantry, Artillery, Medical and Logisticians.  Each in his own style and sense of logic confidently proclaimed to the boss that 2 plus 2 equaled 4.  Not content to just accept this overwhelming consensus from non-subject matter experts, the Chief called in his ORSA.  The General asked him point blank, "What, sir, is 2 plus 2?"  The ORSA glanced around the room to make sure they were alone, looked in the closet, checked behind the curtains, and quietly said, "Sir, it's whatever you want it to be."   And such is...(Read Full Article)

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