Category Afghanistan

A Shadowy War’s Newest Front: A Drone Base Rising From Saharan Dust

Excerpts: Later this summer, workers will lay five inches of asphalt atop the rock bed. In all, commanders say they will pave some 39 acres of airfield. While built mainly for the Reaper drones, the runway and adjoining taxiways and ramps must be able to handle much heavier C-17 cargo planes. Three huge hangars capped […]

Two CIA Vet Takes On CIA Nominee Haspel & Those Tapes

Two CIA Vet Takes on CIA Nominee Haspel & Those Tapes www.thecipherbrief.com View Original April 19th, 2018 The nomination hearing of Gina Haspel to lead the agency is shaping up to be a bruising interrogation over Haspel’s role in the destruction of evidence regarding the CIA’s now-defunct enhanced interrogation techniques program. Haspel, currently deputy director […]

Is The U.S. Suffering A ‘War Gap’?

Is The U.S. Suffering A ‘War Gap’? By Franz-stefan Gady, thediplomat.com View Original April 6th, 2018 In August 2014, I interviewed a group of shell-shocked Christian refugees from the town of Qarakosh — then, the largest Christian city of Iraq — in a makeshift refugee camp in Erbil following their harrowing escape from the terror group Islamic […]

The Case For Extreme Worry

In places that include China and Russia, chief rival powers to the U.S., technology is “empowering top-down authoritarianism as liberal democracy weakens.” The case for extreme worry Axios · by Mike Allen To White House insiders, this is the most dangerous phase of Donald Trump’s presidency so far, from the brewing trade war with China that he denies is a […]

The Taliban Have Gone High-Tech. That Poses A Dilemma For The U.S.

The adversary gets a vote.  David Maxwell’s observation in blue below also relevant. David Maxwell:  Multiple dilemmas are posed by this development.   Excerpts: With this new battlefield visibility, the Taliban more than doubled nighttime attacks from 2014 to 2017, according to one United States military official who described internal Pentagon data on the condition […]

The United States Is Preparing For The Wrong War

Excerpts.   There’s nothing wrong with rebuilding the United States’ conventional combat capacity. By all means, buy more fighter aircraft and navy ships. Spend more time training with artillery and tanks. Those weapons are needed to maintain deterrence and keep the peace. But don’t imagine that all this firepower will keep us safe. The United […]

We Asked Gen. Petraeus If The Iraq War Was Worth It. Here’s What He Said.

We Asked Gen. Petraeus If The Iraq War Was Worth It. Here’s What He Said. taskandpurpose.com · by Jeff Schogol · March 16, 2018 Fifteen years of war have turned Iraqi cities such as Ramadi, Fallujah, and Mosul into ruins. Iraq remains as divided as ever along sectarian lines, despite the deaths of more than 4,500 U.S. troops and […]

A Review of Bing West’s The Village: A UW Classic

A Review of Bing West’s The Village: A UW Classic   Doyle Quiggle http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/review-bing-wests-village-uw-classic     A classic is a book that gets re-read. Therefore, The Village is rarely found on the bookshelves of the hoary dens of unconventional warriors. Instead, it’s typically found lying, dog-eared and stained-up with Lucas oil, on their work desk or tucked into […]

The Future ODA 2035-2050: Small SF Units Deployed Overseas

The Future ODA 2035-2050 by Howard R. Simkin Journal Article |  March 7, 2018 – 8:52am http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-future-oda-2035-2050 The Future ODA 2035-2050 Howard R. Simkin The following is presented as part of the TRADOC G2’s “Soldier 2050” Call for Ideas. This material will form a compendium of thoughts and ideas that will support the exploration of future […]

Al-Qaeda’s Resurrection

Conclusion: A parallel thus exists between the U.S. director of national intelligence’s depiction of the al-Qaeda threat today [PDF] as mainly limited to its affiliates and the so-called Phoney War in western Europe between September 1939 and May 1940, when there was a strange lull in serious fighting following the German invasion of Poland and […]