Category counterinsurgency

A True Afghanistan Counterinsurgency Is Trump’s Only Hope

Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell’s comments are highlighted in blue below; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell’s Comment:  It is my belief that no external nation/military can conduct effective counterinsurgency in another country.  An external military that conducts counterinsurgency becomes by definition an occupying power or a […]

Dereliction of Duty II: The Afghanistan Years – The Cipher Brief

David Maxwell:  Support for the Blackwater contractor option. Dereliction of Duty II: The Afghanistan Years – The Cipher Brief thecipherbrief.com Kevin HulbertFormer CIA Chief of Station There has been a lot of writing lately on Afghanistan as the new administration struggles with what do to there, just as the previous administration struggled mightily to define […]

CIA Dir. Hints U.S. Is Looking Into Fostering Regime Change In North Korea

The CIA Director Just Dropped Some Heavy Hints That The U.S. Is Looking Into Regime Change In North Korea By Alex Lockie, www.businessinsider.com View Original July 21st, 2017 Pompeo talks tough on North Korea. Joe Raedle/Getty Images CIA Director Mike Pompeo dropped heavy hints at the Aspen Security Forum Thursday that the US was looking into regime […]

After Mosul, Islamic State Digs In For Guerrilla Warfare

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell and his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell: And what do we think happens if they are defeated in the 3d phase of protracted warfare (War of Movement or Conventional War Phase)?  Would we expect anything […]

CENTCOM Commander Votel Steels For Next Chapter In World’s Most Dangerous Region

CENTCOM Commander Votel Steels For Next Chapter In World’s Most Dangerous Region Howard Altman, Times Staff Writer Friday, July 14, 2017 1:34pm www.tampabay.com View Original July 14th, 2017 Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of the U.S. Central Command, sat down for an interview Wednesday with the Tampa Bay Times in his office at MacDill Air […]

House Armed Services Panel Unveils $696.5 Billion Defense Authorization Bill

House Armed Services Panel Unveils $696.5 Billion Defense Authorization Bill By: Joe Gould, for Defense News // July 10, 2017     WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee unveiled its $696.5 billion defense policy bill on Monday, which reflects an emerging deal among House Republican leaders but falls short what pro-defense lawmakers sought.  The committee’s draft 2018 National Defense […]

“Identity Intel Ops” Turn U.S. Special Operators Into Combat Detectives

Excerpts: Though it’s just one piece of the intelligence puzzle, so-called “identity intelligence,” or I2, has become an essential part of the action cycle, which broadly involves gathering information, tracking individual terrorists, neutralizing them, and then repeating the process with any new data obtained during those raids. U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has codified these […]

Defense Strategy And The Iron Triangle Of Painful Tradeoffs

Excerpts: unavoidable iron triangle of painful tradeoffs (hereafter ITPT)   A defense strategy is an approach that ties together the goals, approaches, and resources (people, technology, dollars, etc.) that can best advance priority interests by exploiting opportunities and overcoming challenges. It must account for, and in some cases seek to shape, a complex and dynamic […]

Authorization For The Use Of Military Force Options

Authorization For The Use Of Military Force Options By Divergent Options, divergentoptions.org View Original June 22nd, 2017 Silence Dogood has a background in defense issues and experience working in Congress.  Divergent Options’ content does not contain information of an official nature nor does the content represent the official position of any government, any organization, or any group.  […]

DoD Releases Report On Enhancing Security And Stability In Afghanistan

  The 102 page report can be downloaded at this link.  https://www.defense.gov/Portal s/1/Documents/Enhancing-Securi ty-and-Stability-in-Afghanista n-June-2017.pdf. ———- Forwarded message ———- From: U.S. Department of Defense <govdelivery@subscriptions.dod .mil> Date: Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 1:48 PM Subject: DOD Releases Report on Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan You are subscribed to News Releases for U.S. Department of […]