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Top Gun For Grunts: Mattis May Revolutionize Infantry | Breaking Defense

Forget the¬†old-school grunt. Imagine a¬†future American infantrymantrained as intensively as a fighter pilot through hundreds of¬†virtual¬†and real-world drills, culminating in a ‚Äúsmall unit Top Gun.‚ÄĚ Imagine infantry going into battle with¬†swarms of drones¬†serving as scouts and fire support. Imagine¬†Army¬†and¬†Marine infantry¬†exempted from the Pentagon‚Äôs¬†bureaucratic personnel policies¬†so they can build teams of experienced soldiers in their late 20s and early 30s, much like Special Forces.

‚ÄúSpecial Forces, Marine infantry, Army infantry‚Ķ.these are the forces that are overused, overextended and the most likely to die,‚ÄĚ said¬†Bob Scales, a leading advisor on infantry to¬†Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no one administration or one service one can fault for this, because this has been a nagging problem‚Ķ. since World War II.‚ÄĚ

But it doesn‚Äôt have to stay that way, Scales told me: ‚ÄúTo get a quantum increase in the quality of¬†close combat forces, we can do it in the next two years, (and) the cost compared to the rest of the DoD budget is very small.‚ÄĚ

Source: Top Gun For Grunts: Mattis May Revolutionize Infantry | Breaking Defense 

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