The three-sided ambush was a specialty of the Taliban: usually faced with superior American firepower, they preferred to bend fluidly around allied troops rather than attempt to hold terrain, surrounding Americans and attriting
them as they advanced, falling back and melting away as necessary for survival.
If the participating units, however, are not dropped out systematically, meaning that there are no distinctive characteristics among the attriting
units, then there is no attrition bias even though the sample has decreased between waves.
The small footprints of the settlements were at first discomfortingly accepted by the Cherokee, who initially ceded areas of land whose ownership was disputed by multiple tribes in hopes that these other contesting tribes would shoulder the burden of attriting
the frontiersmen to oblivion.
The major objective in any counterinsurgency or unconventional type of war is gaining and then maintaining the support of the population and not simply attriting
the enemy's armed forces.
The report said Iran has a doctrine of delaying and attriting
any attacking force.
A larger force can better sustain the punishment it receives while attriting
The complicity of the kind of thoughtless thought epitomized by the Pentagon planners and the civilians, like Komer, in Saigon, who were ostensibly engaged in "winning the hearts and minds" of the Vietnamese people to the cause of "freedom," with the horrific dehumanized killing practice of "attriting
" the population base of the Viet Cong became remarkably manifest in the process of the Vietnam War.
The authors try to assuage such fears by offering us a means comparison for "continuing students" (that is, those who stay in the sample) versus "attriting
students." They show, however, that the attriters are more likely to be native born and more likely to have higher test scores at baseline.
The assumption at Midwestern is that admitted students are fully capable of completing their degrees; indeed, the career paths of the attriting
students revealed them to be enormously talented and successful.
These fighter escorts also served a second function, that of attriting
the German fighter force--essentially a trench-style slugfest in the air.
The killing of Iraqis, both military and civilian, was softened to "attriting
" or "degrading" resources; when it was noticed that in Arabic the word "Fedayeen" means "one who sacrifices himself for a cause," our official spokesmen substituted "terrorist death squads"; the looting of the Iraqi National Museum and the burning of the country's National Library were ascribed to the joys of"freedom." Nothing to do with our Navy's cruise missiles, of course, and in no way the fault of our Army units that had been asked to protect both buildings, and with them the 12,000-year history of a civilization that prior to the arrival of General Franks had survived the conquests of the Emperor Heraclius, Suleiman the Magnificent, and Genghis Khan.
Sophisticated fortress design usually included outworks, to act as attriting
and distracting breakwaters.