The November 16, 2013 NY Times featured an article about a Philosopher-General of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) (see: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/16/world/middleeast/to-a-philosopher-general-in-israel-peace-is-the-time-to-prepare-for-war.html?_r=0. Which is also the photo source.)
The article talks about the storied career of BG Herzyl Halevi who is about to leave command of IDF forces in the northern Galilee region – the border with Lebanon. The article talks about the General’s family, his previous assignments and his destiny for greater things. It concludes with his posting to run the IDF Command and Staff College.
Nevertheless, given that the General, like many other General Officers and Fleet Officers (GOFO) is rotted in combat operations. With an agile enemy such as Hezbollah and a mercurial legislature, can even an officer who has studied philosophy and business administration be expected to understand the nuances and advantages of a non-lethal battlefield multiplier like MISO?
Patton was regarded as a learned General, one who spoke French and who devoured reading on a variety of subjects not the least of which was the tactics of his enemies such as Rommel. Would Patton have ever employed MISO over combat action? Seems like a shaky proposition to me.
As we move out of Afghanistan and the force becomes adjusted to a more garrison based and perhaps disaster abating role (witness the new 3* JTF 505 in the Philippines), are we inculcating the next general of GOFO with the tools they need to employ MISO?
My bet is probably not. Hopefully SWC is working in concert with TRADOC to insure that the military education curriculums are inclusive of MISO just as they are of urban warfare and the growing likelihood of cyber conflict.