I'm still shaking my head after having been referred to an article titled 'What the Army needs to do to Win'. It's so full of jargon and political correctness that it frustrated the heck out of me. Just consider this paragraph:
What the Army requires in its operating concept to adequately plan for success in the future is to define and instill the appropriate intangibles, in terms of qualities of effectiveness; plan and resource the right tangibles, in terms of systems and structure; develop and institutionalize, in doctrine, rational fundamental tenets; and provide a fundamental substrate upon which to build the force in terms of a quantifiable threat.
Consider that in the light of a few famous military aphorisms:
- "Get there fustest with the mostest" - Lt-Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA (more accurately rendered as "Get there first with the most men").
- "The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his" - Gen. George S. Patton, US Army.
- "All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us...they can't get away this time" - Lt-Gen. 'Chesty' Puller, USMC.
"My Lord: If I attempted to answer the mass of futile correspondence which surrounds me, I should be debarred from the serious business of campaigning... So long as I retain an independent position, I shall see no officer under my command is debarred by attending to the futile driveling of mere quill-driving from attending to his first duty, which is and always has been to train the private men under his command that they may without question beat any force opposed to them in the field" - The Duke of Wellington during the Peninsular Campaign.
So much, from all of them, for 'tangibles' and 'intangibles' and academic jargon.