By Mark Y.D. Wang
In June 1998, U.S. vp Al Gore and the nationwide Partnership for Reinventing govt provided a crew of U.S. military logisticians and RAND analysts the Hammer Award in acceptance of an exceptional accomplishment: streamlining military logistics. for many years, the functionality of military logistics fell gradually at the back of top advertisement practices. military mechanics might wait on general a month for spare elements from far-off offer depots that allows you to fix a down weapon procedure. at the present time a high-velocity, streamlined military provide technique can provide spare elements in part the time it took to convey them simply three years past. in reality, nowadays it acutally takes much less time to get a spare half from a military offer depot than from a advertisement seller.
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Returning to the earlier analogy of escalation during the Cold War, it was as if the strategic nuclear level of escalation was unavailable. Both sides would be trapped, unable to escalate further but unable to de-escalate either. This, then, was the essence of the ratcheted escalation problem. If repression at a certain level were insuﬃcient to subdue the insurgents, then it would become necessary to increase that repression. This could, in turn, increase insurgency as the population, under pressure, resisted.