The Appalachian Redoubt

 Redoubt Intelligence Flowchart 

I’ll always remember former SecDef Donald Rumsfeld for a few things.  For one, he read one of my intelligence products when I was a young PFC in Afghanistan (some staff hoople head briefed it to him but it was a big deal to me at the time), but for two, it’s this quote:

…you go to war with the army you have – not the army you might want or wish to have…

He got blasted (deservedly) for this comment, not because it’s not true but because he was sending troops into Iraq and Afghanistan without armored vehicles.  But, still, he stated a universal truth: you have to make do with what you have.

Last week, Sandman posted a map of the Appalachians based off a 1921 study of culture and geographic terrain.  It generated a lot of interest.  Although not new, this concept of the Appalachian Redoubt finally got the attention it deserves.


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