Category Taliban

Australia’s Ugly Turn In Afghanistan

David Maxwell Comment:  “A painful read but something all combat leaders at every level should read and reflect upon.” Australia’s ugly turn in Afghanistan The Sydney Morning Herald · by Chris Masters · June 8, 2018 Looking back, the chaplain was just what was needed. Afghanistan was turning into a slaughterhouse. Coalition casualties had as much as doubled […]

The Great Afghan Paradox

Excerpts: The Great Afghan Paradox arises from the fact that victory remains elusive and sometimes seems impossible even after seventeen years of fighting, while a defeat that cedes Afghanistan to Islamist terrorist groups with the blood of thousands of Westerners on their hands is all but unthinkable. Already Daesh has made inroads in the country […]

Trump’s Pick To Oversee Afghanistan Could Signal A New Approach

Trump’s Pick to Oversee Afghanistan Could Signal a New Approach TIME · by W.J. Hennigan Army Lt. Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller has been tapped to be the next commander of U.S.-led military forces in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said, as waves of attacks continue to rock the wartorn nation after nearly 17 years of conflict. Miller, who spent much of […]

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. […]

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 […]

Is Russia-China-Pakistan Axis Becoming A Reality? – Analysis

Is Russia-China-Pakistan Axis Becoming A Reality? – Analysis By Observer Research Foundation, www.eurasiareview.com View Original April 5th, 2018 By Harsha Kakar The west, led by the United States, is presently involved in a new cold war with Russia. Post the re-election of President Putin and Donald Trump’s congratulatory call, it appeared that the relations could again be […]

The Taliban Have Gone High-Tech. That Poses A Dilemma For The U.S.

The adversary gets a vote.  David Maxwell’s observation in blue below also relevant. David Maxwell:  Multiple dilemmas are posed by this development.   Excerpts: With this new battlefield visibility, the Taliban more than doubled nighttime attacks from 2014 to 2017, according to one United States military official who described internal Pentagon data on the condition […]

The United States Is Preparing For The Wrong War

Excerpts.   There’s nothing wrong with rebuilding the United States’ conventional combat capacity. By all means, buy more fighter aircraft and navy ships. Spend more time training with artillery and tanks. Those weapons are needed to maintain deterrence and keep the peace. But don’t imagine that all this firepower will keep us safe. The United […]

Building The Future Force: Guaranteeing American Leadership In A Contested Environment

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 40 page report can be downloaded here:  https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.cnas.org/documents/CNASReport-FutureForce-Final.pdf?mtime=20180309142929   Interestingly there is no discussion of Special Operations in the future force nor irregular, political, or unconventional warfare, […]

What Syria Reveals About The Future Of War

As David Maxwell said: “A sober assessment.”   Conclusion: So this is what the Syrian war suggests about future conflicts: They will be intricately complex; they will involve conflict-specific configurations of participants; there will be no humanitarian intervention to stop them; and the United Nations will be a nonfactor. But that isn’t all. It gets […]