Category counterinsurgency

Cellphone Purchases In North Korea Up Despite Prohibitive Costs

Useful to know for intelligence collection purchases; and, in a chaotic, devolution of civil domesticity when bullets are flying.  RCP, fortunascorner.com   Cellphone Purchases Up Despite Prohibitive Costs http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14492&cataId=nk01502 Unification Media Group  |  2017-04-28 17:09 “As Heard in North Korea” articles contain radio programming content broadcast by Unification Media Group [UMG], an independent multimedia consortium targeting North […]

The Special Trouble With Special Ops

The comments highlighted below in blue are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell. David Maxwell:  They are suited for a lot more than counterinsurgency.  But most important they should not conduct counterinsurgency themselves but rather are optimized to advise and assist (and assess) others in their internal development and defense programs so that they can defend themselves against […]

Hybrid War In The High North: Finland Responds To The Russian Threat

  http://cepa.org/EuropesEdge/Hybrid_war_in_the_High_North 19 April 2017 Hybrid War In The High North: Finland Responds To The Russian Threat Talking about hybrid threats—the toxic cocktail of force, money, propaganda and spycraft—is one thing. Actually doing something about them is another. So the new center on hybrid warfare being set up in the Finnish capital Helsinki is a welcome, if […]

SASC Hearing/Testimony On Russian Influence & Unconventional Warfare Ops In The ‘Grey Zone,’ Lessons From Ukraine

The comments highlighted in blue below are by David Maxwell, who’s contact info is at the bottom of this article.  RCP David Maxwell:  I strongly recommend reading LTG(RET) Charles Cleveland’s Eight Points in his opening statement on pages 27-36.  It isone of the best and most clear articulations of what UW and SOF are all […]

Lessons Not Learned: Viet Cong Infrastructure And The War In South Vietnam

Lessons Not Learned: Viet Cong Infrastructure And The War In South Vietnam thestrategybridge.org · by Robert J. Thompson · February 22, 2017 The Taliban resurgence jeopardizes the United States’s ability to conduct a pacification campaign in support of a foreign government. Indeed, the 2016 uptick in Taliban movement in Afghanistan mirrored that of North Vietnamese Viet Cong Infrastructure […]

The Wars of Today And Tomorrow: A Conversation With Douglas Lute

The Wars of Today And Tomorrow: A Conversation With Douglas Lute  Feb 18, 2017  GSSR  Europe, In The News, International Security, Military & Defense  0 http://georgetownsecuritystudiesreview.org/2017/02/18/the-wars-of-today-and-tomorrow-a-conversation-with-douglas-lute/ By: Will Chim, Reporter Photo Credit: United States Institute of Peace (USIP) This month, the United States Institute of Peace hosted a discussion event with Douglas Lute to discuss “the wars of today and tomorrow”. […]

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 […]

U.S. Joint Special Operations Command And The War On Terror – A Sharper Edge?

Excerpts: Will things change with Trump? It seems unlikely. He has stated, repeatedly, that he sees destroying the Salafist-Jihadi threat as a main priority; two UCAV strikes were carried out on Yemen 48 hours after his inauguration, and the Bayda raid came after less than two weeks.  Trump’s defence team will play a major part […]

The Rise And Fall Of A U.S.-Backed Rebel Commander In Syria

The Rise And Fall Of A U.S.-Backed Rebel Commander In Syria Once a ‘fixer’ for the CIA, Syrian rebel comes to terms with failed US policy Read next Game on: why Japan’s arcades are still winning Abu Ahmad: ‘I used to think America was the ruler of the universe. If you ask me whether I […]

The Percolating Proxy War In Yemen

  IISS Strategic Comments r The Percolating Proxy War In Yemen The formation of a large coalition by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to intervene in Yemen reflects both precedent and strong motivation. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have long been involved in Yemen. In the 1960s, the Saudis fought a brutal war […]