Category counterinsurgency

The Syria Quagmire

Excerpts: What does history’s long record about this geostrategic place suggest about how to manage it, if it can be managed at all? There are three possible ways of approach, each one full of risk and difficult to achieve.   One is to let the roundabout do its work, centrifugally and centripetally spinning the on-the-ground […]

Clandestine Cold War Unit Honored At Fort Bragg

Special Forces Berlin: Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army’s Elite 1956-1990 by James Stejskal. Available at Amazon here. David Maxwell’s review, “DET-A”: Applied Unconventional Warfare In Berlin and Beyond in the Cold War, is here. Clandestine Cold War unit honored at Fort Bragg fayobserver.com · by Drew Brooks http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20180416/clandestine-cold-war-unit-honored-at-fort-bragg Drew Brooks Military editor @DrewBrooksNot quite a year after the Berlin […]

U.S. Seeks Arab Force And Funding For Syria – An ‘Arab NATO’

U.S. Seeks Arab Force and Funding for Syria Under plan, troops would replace American military contingent after ISIS defeat and help secure country’s north; proposal faces challenges https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-seeks-arab-force-and-funding-for-syria-1523927888 American troops looked out toward the border with Turkey from a small outpost near the town of Manbij, northern Syria, in February. PHOTO: SUSANNAH GEORGE/ASSOCIATED PRESS By Michael R. […]

Operational-Level Strikes Finally Enforce Obama’s Red Line | National Review

Operational-Level Strikes Finally Enforce Obama’s Red Line | National Review National Review Online · by Lauren Fish · April 16, 2018 A Syrian firefighter is seen inside the destroyed Scientific Research Centre in Damascus, Syria, April 14, 2018. (Omar Sanadiki/Reuters)Plenty of future challenges remain, in Syria and elsewhere around the globe. But Friday’s strikes are victory worth celebrating.By all […]

A Series Of Articles On Russia’s Military Response To Washington’s Preparation To Strike Syria Over Assad’s Chemical Weapon’s Use Against Civilians

—– Forwarded Message —– From: Mark Schneider <drmarkschneider1@gmail.com> Dr. Mark Schneider wrote in the comment below: Comment:  This is no routine exercise. It looks like they are getting ready for a fight. It could be a bluff but this is serious. Russia appears to be readying for a naval battle with the US near Syria — […]

Forecasting The Future Of Warfare

David Maxwell:  “A long important read with important history (and a “scorecard”).” Excerpt: How Did We Do? You Decide.   I gave up command of the Army War College in the summer of 2000. Gen. Rick Shinseki, chief of staff at the time, kindly asked that I stay on active duty another six months to […]

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 […]

“Don’t Mess With Our Elections”: Vigilante Hackers Strike Russia, Iran

Cyber hackers, cyber militias, cyber ‘patriots,’ cyber vigilantes are likely to be a growing problem — especially when attempting to determine culpability/attribution/origin of a serious/sophisticated hack.  The ‘groups,’ lose entities, — in some cases — will no doubt either be wittingly, or unwittingly be taken advantage of and used to carry out a state-sponsored cyber […]

Helena’s Fearsome Force: Friday Marks 75 Years Since The ‘Devil’s Brigade’ Deployed To WWII

Helena’s Fearsome Force: Friday marks 75 years since the ‘Devil’s Brigade’ deployed to WWII helenair.com · by THOMAS PLANK thomas.plank@helenair.com · April 6, 2018 It’s been 75 years since one of the world’s most dangerous special forces marched through the middle of Helena en route to a war that would shift the world in a tectonic way. Most of […]

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 […]