Category Afghanistan

Former Secretary Of Defense Carter Outlines The Future Of Warfare

Concluding Q&A: At heart, you’re a scientist. What is your advice to all the scientists concerned about the direction this White House is taking the country? Again, it’s very early. It’s very difficult to discern what the direction is. I’d encourage people to keep heart and to remember that we’ve been around for 241 years […]

Detachment A: Clandestine Special Forces Missions From Berlin To Iran

Detachment A: Clandestine Special Forces Missions From Berlin To Iran By Det-a Book Authors, www.detachment-a.org View Original February 6th, 2017 It was the early 1970’s, at Andrews Barracks in Berlin, where a stern looking Special Forces Sergeant Major paced down the hallway for roll call. Daily army accountability formations are normally held outside, but due to the […]

The Yemen Raid: Uncertain Implications For U.S. Counterterrorism Policy And Decision-Making

Excerpts: While the raid implies an intensification of US involvement, the Trump administration’s decision-making process leading up to the mission signals a more dangerous departure from the norm. Rather than call a formal National Security Council Principals Committee meeting, Trump discussed the raid with some of his advisors over an informal dinner, and the military […]

Why A Travel Restriction Won’t Stop Terrorism At Home

Excerpts: The republic is not in peril. What is at work here is terrorism – acts of violence calculated to create fear and alarm. It is often effective. Terrorism can also act as a condenser of society’s broader anxieties. Illegal immigration has caused widespread concern, which amplifies the perceived terrorist threat. … Some of those […]

Current, Former Officials Spar Over Approval Of Special Ops Raid In Yemen

David Maxwell:  Neither Obama or Trump should be “blamed” for this and this “debate” is unhelpful.  It was absolutely wrong for Spicer to invoke the staffing process in the Obama administration to imply that since according to him the mission was approved so as to imply this was Obama’s responsibility just as it is unhelpful […]

Why Haspel Makes Sense as the Deputy CIA Director

With all due respect to Mr. Morell, he has lost all credibility with Republicans and conservatives after the CIA in the aftermath of the Benghazi talking points fiasco.  RCP, www.fortunascorner.com thecipherbrief.com · February 2, 2017 February 2, 2017 | Michael J. Morell Michael J. Morell Former Acting Director, CIA It was early 2010, and I was visiting one […]

The Islamic State’s Drone Documents: Management, Acquisitions, & DIY Tradecraft

CTC Perspectives – The Islamic State’s Drone Documents: Management, Acquisitions, and DIY Tradecraft ctc.usma.edu January 31, 2017 Author(s): Don Rassler, Muhammad al-`Ubaydi, Vera Mironova Much has been made of the Islamic State drone threat ever since the group killed two Kurdish soldiers in October 2016 with a bomb hidden within one of its drones that […]

Toward An Afghan End State

Toward An Afghan End State by Gary Anderson Journal Article |  January 23, 2017 – 7:18pm http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/toward-an-afghan-end-state Toward an Afghan End State Gary Anderson As President Trump inherits the war in Afghanistan, the best piece of advice anyone can give him is that this is about as good as it is going to get. The government […]

Seven Trump Foreign Policy Assumptions

Seven Trump Foreign Policy Assumptions lawfareblog.com By Daniel Byman Friday, January 20, 2017, 9:00 AM A new day, a new president, a new set of challenges for the foreign policy establishment. It’s hard to be a member of the foreign policy establishment. President George W. Bush challenged many of the establishment’s basic premises with his emphasis on […]

POTUS Obama Frantically Attempting To Transfer Dangerous Islamic Militants Out Of Guantanamo Bay Prison; Includes Prisoners Who Have Threatened To Bomb, & Behead Americans

POTUS Obama Frantically Attempting To Transfer Dangerous Islamic Militants Out Of Guantanamo Bay Prison; Includes Prisoners Who Have Threatened To Bomb, & Behead Americans   http://www.fortunascorner.com      The Daily Mail Online’s Alana Goodman wrote on the publication’s website yesterday (Jan. 6, 2017), that “POTUS Obama is planning to transfer at least 18 more Guantanamo […]