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Posts Tagged ‘quality versus quantity’

More is not necessarily better

Posted by picard578 on March 1, 2016

Modern materialistic society has ingrained many beliefs into human mind, beliefs which are typically taken for granted and thus rarely questioned. One of these beliefs is that having more of something is better than having less of it.

More information, for example, can have a positive effect of helping person reach a conclusion. But that is only true as long as person is capable of properly processing, analyzing and comparing the information. If not, thought process can be slowed down or stopped, something which, in combat, is almost invariably lethal – too much information is as bad as too little. For this reason, humans have many filters – most of them subconscious – which help them choose which information to process. This allows us to function, but also creates various different forms of bias. However, when it comes to fighting, system itself has to reduce the information flow, as pilot is too busy trying to kill the other guy and stop him from doing the same. Read the rest of this entry »

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Quality versus quantity fallacy

Posted by picard578 on January 4, 2014

As important as weapons are for waging war, they are simply enablers, and they put limits on what people can do. As a result, people are most important, strategy and tactics come second, and hardware is third. This is not to say that weapons are unimportant; as tools of war, they are crucial – without tools there is no craft, and war is but one of various crafts people engage in. Weapons that don’t work can bring down even best people and ideas.

In short, procuring the best weapon possible is important. But there are several definitions of weapon’s capability. Majority of modern militaries and all defense industry officials define capability in technological terms. But this way is useless when fighting a war; instead, quality has to be defined tactically, in terms of what works and does not work on a battlefield, and strategically, in terms of force presence and vulnerability when outside of combat. Read the rest of this entry »

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