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How America’s Col. Kurtz (Apocalypse Now) Beat Back North Korea

Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell’s comments are highlighted in blue below; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page. David Maxwell’s comment:  Now I understand why there has been some recent press about Donald Nichols: Blaine Harden has a new book about him.     https://www.amazon.com/King-Spies-Reign-Americas-Spymaster/dp/052542993X   Nichols’ wild tale has never really […]

A Newly Assertive C.I.A. Expands Its Taliban Hunt In Afghanistan

Left unsaid — why didn’t Obama CIA do this?  I’ll give you ‘3 guesses.’  RCP, fortunascorner.com   A Newly Assertive C.I.A. Expands Its Taliban Hunt in Afghanistan By Thomas Gibbons-neff, Eric Schmitt, Adam Goldman, www.nytimes.com View Original October 22nd, 2017 Afghan Army soldiers in 2013. The C.I.A. is expanding its covert operations in Afghanistan, sending small teams of highly […]

Post-Unification Stability Biggest ‘Blind Spot’ For South Korea: Study

David Maxwell’s comments are highlighted in blue below; and, his contact info is at the bottom of the page.  What ‘role’ will China/Russia play?  RCP David Maxwell Comment:  Unification will be hard regardless of the path followed to get there.  But the ROK must prepare for it NOW (and we should assist our ally in […]

Army Preps For Underground & Urban Warfare On Korean Peninsula

The comments highlighted in blue below are/by Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell Comment:  I suppose you could consider north Korea a “target rich” environment with some 5000 underground facilities.  Just take a moment and think the about scale of the problem and […]

Pentagon Sends Team To Niger To Find Out What Happened

David Maxwell:  This excerpt is the most detailed information I have seen in open sources about the event. The four Americans were killed Oct. 4 when a 12-man team of soldiers from the 3rd Special Forces Group was operating with approximately 30 Forces Armees Nigeriennes (FAN) on a train-and-advise mission near Tongo Tongo, Niger, just […]

Solving The Siege Of Seoul | RealClearDefense

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 Comment:  The tyranny of proximity.  I do not think the author has ever experienced Korea Chuseok or the lunar New Year’s holiday to see what the “evacuation” of […]

Navy SEALs Were Ready If Pakistan Failed To Free Family Held As Hostages

Navy SEALs Were Ready if Pakistan Failed to Free Family Held as Hostages By Adam Goldman, Eric Schmitt, www.nytimes.com View Original October 18th, 2017 WASHINGTON — A C.I.A. drone was circling a remote valley in northwest Pakistan last month when it picked up an unusual sight: a young woman and children in a militant camp. To intelligence analysts, […]

How A US Raid On An Afghan Village Went Wrong

David Maxwell Comment:  Another long read about the heroism of Americans despite mistakes made. How A US Raid On An Afghan Village Went Wrong By Dan Vergano, www.buzzfeed.com View Original October 17th, 2017 The Chinook helicopters lifted off, and Richard Hunter’s mind was at ease. It was Nov. 2, 2016, and he was strapped into one of two […]

U.S. Commandos Want This Technology for Special Forces Raids

U.S. Commandos Want This Technology for Special Forces Raids By Michael Peck, nationalinterest.org View Original October 14th, 2017 For Dungeons & Dragons roleplayers, part of the fun of make-believe adventure is searching for hidden chambers where the monsters keep their treasure. For that matter, it’s a familiar theme in horror movies to have villains and vampires pop […]

The Book Mattis Reads To Be Prepared For War With North Korea

The Book Mattis Reads To Be Prepared For War With North Korea www.politico.com View Original October 15th, 2017 Last Monday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general with a legendary appetite for military history, ticked off a list of book recommendations to a crowd of U.S. Army leaders and supporters—titles that might help […]