Stop Using Military Buzzwords Too

5 July 2008 at 4:54 pm 3 comments

| Dick Langlois |

It seems that, like the British Local Government Association, the US military is keen to get its people to stop using buzzwords, at least according to this February 2007 “Army Doctrine Update” I happened to see posted on a bulletin board in the Brazilian military academy where the Schumpeter Society Conference was meeting. Here are some highlights.

  • Know the difference between maneuver and movement (we don’t maneuver networks; we move them).
  • Battlespace is no longer a joint or Army term. Use “operational environment.”
  • Use “civil considerations” (the C in METT-TC), not “human terrain.”
  • Don’t use “red zone” at all; the term is “close combat.”
  • Do not use “kinetic” and “nonkinetic” to describe operations, actions, activities, tasks, or targets. Use “lethal” and “nonlethal.”

 Or perhaps the point is that they want people to use the right buzzwords.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Spredt fægtning « Verden fra min altan  |  5 July 2008 at 10:56 pm

    [...] Lidt nyt, ny-sprog! Jubii! [...]

  • 2. Rafe  |  7 July 2008 at 12:19 am

    It is important to use simple language that is universally understood, at least by well educated people, otherwise you may find you are batting on a sticky wicket.

  • 3. JC  |  9 July 2008 at 11:25 am

    Ah that nostalgia for a simple language that conveys such simple truths as we know, deep in our somethings, exists.

    I’m presently very taken with Simon Critchley’s notion that philosophizing begins in our disappointment and nostalgia.

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