Afghanistan

Blog post | March 11, 2012 10:02 AM | Comments(14)

A U.S. soldier reportedly massacred up to 16 Afghans in the Panjway district of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Journal Article | July 5, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(2)

Avoid the Charlie Wilson complex: guilt over the cries of ‘abandoning Afghanistan’ and deciding not to spend billions more of taxpayer’s money on a hop-scotch of social...

As Iraq appears to unravel, it is only right to continue the debate about counterinsurgency, the appropriate application of landpower, and  the expanding role of Special Operations in the US...

Journal Article | June 26, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(3)

If there is one thing the United States military has come to value over the last decade of war – perhaps the only thing – it is having interoperable coalition partners.

Journal Article | June 21, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(1)

At present, for every US Soldier there is at least one 20-foot container of equipment in Afghanistan; a quantity that cannot be overemphasized as our military begins to face the challenges of...

Journal Article | June 20, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(3)

While impressive on paper, in practice the NSR is a hollow concept that will not translate into any substantial economic benefits for Central Asians, Afghans, or Pakistanis.

Journal Article | June 18, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(4)

Counterinsurgency is often a small-unit battle, with company-sized elements requiring organic intelligence capabilities to leverage information into tactical success.

Journal Article | June 18, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(4)

Beware the lure of "credibility."

If critical issues are not dealt with prior to 2014, they most likely will result in Afghanistan’s returning to a state of civil war or a highly dysfunctional state.

The Eid statements demonstrate an increasing sophistication in strategic messaging and understanding of international politics.

Journal Article | June 13, 2013 01:35 AM | Comments(4)

For the U.S. military to restructure and prepare for the future it must look at large formal armies that are currently using proxies to engage in small conflicts that enforce a larger agenda.

Journal Article | June 5, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(9)

Comparing the final days of the Communist Regime in Afghanistan with America’s drawdown.

Journal Article | June 4, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(7)

Together the tribe bears the burdens of war, while the American Soldier reflects in solitude, wondering who he truly is and how he can ever belong.

Journal Article | May 30, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(2)

Some of the major “lessons learned” by ISAF while conducting Counterinsurgency and Stability Operations in Afghanistan

If the Joint Chiefs only learned about the withdrawal scheme a mere few hours before the State of the Union was given, then it is appropriate to question whether the state of civil-military relations...

Journal Article | May 16, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(9)

Enabling our partners to conduct their own IO. There is no other way to get the message across the cultural divide.

Journal Article | May 15, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(2)

Rebuilding our special reconaissance capability.

Journal Article | April 30, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(1)

Bringing time into the assessment of counterinsurgency warfare.

Journal Article | April 26, 2013 01:25 AM | Comments(7)

If we ignore village life – or try to bend it to our view of what it should be – we will fail in Afghanistan as we did in Vietnam.

Journal Article | April 24, 2013 01:25 AM | Comments(1)

Ten easy to follow recommendations to help you become an effective military advisor.

Interoperability is a function of leadership, hardship, and time. To quickly achieve it, focus on individual personalities, understand that everyone has value, and exercise mission command.

Journal Article | April 18, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(33)

An interview with MIT Professor Roger D. Petersen.

Journal Article | April 16, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(1)

Guerilla warfare is not an “Eastern Way of War,” it is the universal war of the weak.

Journal Article | April 12, 2013 08:04 AM | Comments(5)

The issue of the reach of the state needs to be put into a wider focus by including women and gender issues as part of the narrative.

Journal Article | April 11, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(2)

One consistently wrong—but always convenient—prediction has been the improbability of ground wars and the declining utility of ground forces.