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The United States Army Medical Department Journal, July-September 2009
ARMY MEDICAL DEPT CENTER AND SCHOOL FORT SAM HOUSTON TX
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Among the more well-known of the ancient Chinese maxims of military principles attributed to Sun Tzu is Know your enemy as you know yourself, a common sense requirement for anyone planning strategy and tactics for an impending conflict. Of course, one immediately thinks of intelligence operatives gathering information about the character of the enemys forces, locations, capabilities, and support structure, among other things, and analysts examining that data to identify ways to counter and eliminate the threat. The same approach applies not only to opposing military forces, but also to any adversary with the potential to inflict harm on your force and reduce its combat capability. As we have learned from hard experience over the last 110 years, some of the most pernicious threats to our Soldiers are posed by the smallest of adversaries -- mosquitoes, ticks, sand flies, fleas, mites, and other arthropods -- which cause problems directly through bites and irritation, and, more importantly, vector some of the most virulent disease pathogens that afflict humans and other mammals.
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