Kevin L. Parker

Lt. Col. Kevin L. Parker is a U.S. Air Force officer, a graduate of the USAF School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, and currently a student at the U.S. Army War College.  His most recent position was as a civil engineer squadron commander.  He has deployed to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kyrgyzstan and served overseas in Portugal, Germany, and the United Kingdom.  The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense or the United States Government.

In relation to Syria and ISIS, contemporary France can learn much from their 1954 defeat at Dien Bien Phu.