Category Pakistan

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, […]

SecDef Mattis At AUSA: The Threats The U.S. Military Must Be Prepared For

Secretary Mattis at AUSA: The Threats the US Military Must be Prepared For – Modern War Institute mwi.usma.edu · by Liam Collins · October 12, 2017 Secretary of Defense James Mattis kicked off the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on Monday. The meeting is billed as the “largest landpower exposition and professional development […]

China’s Mega Fortress In Djibouti Could Be Model For Its Bases In Pakistan

https://theprint.in/2017/09/27/china-mega-fortress-djibouti-pakistan/ China’s mega fortress in Djibouti could be model for its bases in Pakistan COLONEL VINAYAK BHAT (RETD) 27 September, 2017 China’s military base in Djibouti | Screengrab: CCTV   It is called a ‘logistics base’ but the 200-acre facility built by China can accommodate a brigade and has unprecedented security arrangements The People’s Liberation Army […]

Our Brave New Nuclear World (Well worth the read)

Excerpt:   Had we or the Philippines sent forces simply to demolish this minor maritime feature, China might well have desisted. Likewise, had the allies prepared for war or actually fought over Czechoslovakia, Hitler would never have acquired the aura of invincibility that so benefited his campaigns.   Now, the new situation has ratcheted into […]

How A Hydrogen Bomb Works; New Bomb Could Be +1000X Hiroshima/Nagasaki

How a hydrogen bomb works: North Korea’s new device could yield a devastating blast thousands of times more powerful than Hiroshima or Nagasaki North Korea on Sunday claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb causing an underground blast Experts concur that it was an ‘advanced’ nuclear weapon roughly five times larger than the Nagasaki […]

Negotiating Afghanistan: The New U.S. Strategy And The Pursuit Of A Deal – Modern War Institute

Excerpts: Currently—and this is a legacy of the Obama administration’s post-2014 Afghanistan policy—State Department representatives are largely absent at the sub-national level and unavailable to engage in diplomatic facilitation, negotiation, and mediation alongside the Train/Advise/Assist Commands (TAACs) and Task Forces that fall under US Army Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan. […]

I Was A Mercenary. Trust Me: Erik Prince’s Plan (For Afghanistan) Is Garbage

I Was A Mercenary. Trust Me: Erik Prince’s Plan (For Afghanistan) Is Garbage. A few thousand military contractors can save Afghanistan? Give me a break. By SEAN MCFATE    August 31, 2017 www.politico.com View Original August 31st, 2017 For the past year, Erik Prince has been peddling an idea that should alarm anyone who has […]

The Danger Of A Jihadist Pakistan

Wall Street Journal The Danger of a Jihadist Pakistan Careless U.S. pressure could push the country’s nukes into the hands of Islamic fundamentalists. China can be helpful. By John Bolton August 29, 2017 Almost certainly, the war in Afghanistan will be won or lost in Pakistan. President Trump’s announcement last week that he will send […]

Is Russia Really Arming The Taliban?

Is Russia Really Arming The Taliban? By Krishnadev Calamur, www.theatlantic.com View Original Why would Moscow reengage in a country where it was humiliated? Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week became the latest U.S. official to say Russia was supplying arms to the Afghan Taliban, calling it a violation of international norms. His remarks, which came just days after […]

Is The War Model Of Counterterrorism A Failure? A Response To Micah Zenko

Conclusion: Bottom line: As you can see, I found Micah’s op-ed quite thought provoking, even if unpersuasive in some particulars and—to me—in its overarching conclusion.  Read the whole thing, and decide for yourself!  Is The War Model Of Counterterrorism A Failure? A Response To Micah Zenko By Robert Chesney, www.lawfareblog.com View Original August 25th, 2017 In a […]