MG (ret) Arnie Fields, USMC
“The Dynamics of war have considerably changed in recent years. The past 10 have been most significant. The parameters that have heretofore defined the battlefield—or battle space—have been dramatically altered. Military commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan leaned early on that the conventional “front” and “rear”, which in earlier wars defined the most dangerous areas of the battlefield and the safest respectively, do not exist. The enemy’s threat is virtually omnipresent; soldiers not in direct pursuit of the enemy are in almost as much danger as those who are. This new paradigm often referred to as asymmetrical warfare, places civilians assisting in the war effort in about as much imminent danger as the traditional uniformed warrior. For example, as a civilian Department of State employee in Iraq and as the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, I wore my military flack jacket and helmet with more consistency while conducting my work than I did while on active military duty in the Marine Corps.”
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