Category counterinsurgency

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 […]

“Hue 1968: A Turning Point Of The American War In Vietnam,” — New Book By Historian/Author Mark Bowden; ‘Twenty-Four Days Of Non-Stop Urban Battle That Turned The Tables In Vietnam’

“Hue 1968: A Turning Point Of The American War In Vietnam,” — New Book By Historian/Author Mark Bowden; ‘Twenty-Four Days Of Non-Stop Urban Battle That Turned The Tables In Vietnam’   www.fortunascorner.com         Noted author/historian, Mark Bowden who has written 13 books, including the classic and national bestseller, “Black Hawk Down,” has a brand […]

“Hue 1968: A Turning Point Of The American War In Vietnam,” — New Book By Historian/Author Mark Bowden; ‘Twenty-Four Days Of Non-Stop Urban Battle That Turned The Tables In Vietnam’   www.fortunascorner.com         Noted author/historian, Mark Bowden who has written 13 books, including the classic and national bestseller, “Black Hawk Down,” has a brand […]

The Thucydides Trap

Excerpts:   Although China’s rise presents particular challenges, Washington policymakers should heed five Cold War lessons. Lesson 1: War between nuclear superpowers is MADness. Lesson 2: Leaders must be prepared to risk a war they cannot win. Lesson 3: Define the new “precarious rules of the status quo.” Lesson 4: Domestic performance is decisive. Lesson […]

New Decree Gives Russian National Guard The Power To Commandeer Regular Army Units; Some In Russia Are Calling The National Guard The ‘New NKVD,’ Or Secret Police

One reason for this move is likely related to the burgeoning Muslim population in Russia, the only ethnic group that is not experiencing a negative population growth.  And, Muslims in Russia are discriminated against; and, there is a growing militant Islamic strain that is a looming threat to the state. It is probably only a […]

The War Algorithm: The Pentagon’s Bet On The Future Of War

The War Algorithm: The Pentagon’s Bet On The Future Of War By Colin Clark, breakingdefense.com View Original May 31st, 2017 Thinking about robots and war often brings to mind HAL, the apparently well-meaning but ultimately destructive computer in 2001, or the metallic creatures of death in the Terminator series.Today, however, the Pentagon wants to push the concept in a different […]

The MacArthur Model For Afghanistan: Consolidate Authority Into One Person: An American Viceroy Who’d Lead All Coalition Efforts

Excerpt: Finally, Mr. Trump must not lose sight of the reason we became involved in Afghanistan: to deny sanctuary to those who want to destroy our way of life. The largest attack in U.S. history originated in Afghanistan. The terrorists killed 3,000 that day because they lacked the means to kill three million. The U.S. […]

Tale Of The Tape: What Would North Korea Bring To The Fight? – Modern War Institute

Tale Of The Tape: What Would North Korea Bring To The Fight? – Modern War Institute mwi.usma.edu · by James King · May 30, 2017 Once again tensions on the Korean Peninsula are extremely high. Rumors of war are spreading like wild fire. North Korea has been conducting nuclear and ballistic missile tests on a regular basis, thumbing […]