But under intense pressure from Colombian military commanders to register combat kills, the army has in recent years also increasingly been killing poor farmers and passing them off as rebels slain in combat, government officials and human rights groups say. The tactic has touched off a fierce debate in the Defense Ministry between tradition-bound generals who favor an aggressive campaign that centers on body counts and reformers who say the army needs to develop other yardsticks to measure battlefield success.This is the most extreme example of how a metric intended to track progress toward a goal becomes a measure of performance for the implementers. Focussed on the finger pointing at the moon, rather than the moon itself, the implementers manage the metric but undermine the goal. I don't believe this behavior is uncommon. I saw this sort of behavior in a past life as a fraud examiner. An individual forged a stack of documents, because he understood more documents were good for the company, their legitimacy only an inconvenience.