10th MTN Troops deploying again …why do we announce it?
After almost 30 years in the uniform, I have never understood why DoD and the White House feel compelled to announce deployments of soldiers into combat zones. These announcements are not limited to either political party; both Democrat and Republican leadership from the WH and DoD have announced deployments to specific theaters since 2003. However, over time, we have not only announced which theaters, but we now have started to announced specific geographic areas within those theaters. Here is my guidance to DoD and the WH. SHUT UP!!!!
By making these announcements we create two problems for our troops. Fist, we alert the threat we are coming with a specific sized force. The enemy actually studies us and understands what the force can do and will start preparing to counter those capabilities. Second and more of a concern is when our leadership announces “where “ the Troops are going within a theater like they have done with the 10th MTN Troops. The enemy will start to prepare that specific part of the battlefield with more challenges for our soon to be arriving forces. Those preparations could be setting negative conditions with the community in which we are deploying into as well as planning for the future emplacement of IEDs (types, size, etc). We owe our soldiers better OPSEC and protection; we owe the Moms and Dads of those soldiers, along with their family’s better protection as well.
The decision to release this information is 100% politically driven. Having been on the end of those deployments and watched the manifestation of the decision cycle to announce deployments …it is clear to me that nobody is benefited by that sharing of information – except the enemy. Knock it off – the leaders who make the decision to share that information with the public are helping the enemy and hurting our troops.