Afghanistan

Blog post | March 11, 2012 11:02 AM | Comments(14)

A U.S. soldier reportedly massacred up to 16 Afghans in the Panjway district of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Journal Article | August 8, 2017 02:23 PM | Comments(2)

The conflict between a need to maintain domestic political support for the government while also modernizing military leadership is not unique to Afghanistan.

While many rejoice the arrival of spring, Afghans know that this season ushers in a considerable increase in fighting. Or at least it used to.

Journal Article | June 26, 2017 06:21 AM | Comments(1)

Concerning the sorry performance of the Afghan National Army since 2012, the military and Pentagon planners need to ask themselves some hard questions.

Journal Article | June 13, 2017 08:51 AM | Comments(30)

This article conducts COG analysis on the Taliban sub-system and Pashtun tribal system using revised joint doctrine and non-linear dynamical systems analysis.

Journal Article | May 26, 2017 07:20 PM | Comments(7)

Perhaps after hard-hitting briefings from Mattis and McMaster, Trump finally realized Obama’s decision to remain in Afghanistan was both realistic and necessary.

Journal Article | May 13, 2017 06:35 AM | Comments(43)

A critical component of turning the tide must be economic development.

Journal Article | April 9, 2017 06:52 AM | Comments(3)

It is our national tar baby. Most simply, it is a mess. We are there. We would like to get out. What are our options?

Journal Article | January 23, 2017 07:18 PM | Comments(1)

As President Trump inherits the war in Afghanistan, the best piece of advice anyone can give him is that this is about as good as it is going to get.

Both of us served in Kunduz from 2011-12, at a time when it seemed as though the province would continue on a trajectory of increasing stability.

SIGAR letter to DOD regarding continued reports of absentee or non-existent Afghan National Defense and Security Force personnel, or "ghost" soldiers.

Journal Article | July 5, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(2)

Avoid the Charlie Wilson complex: guilt over the cries of ‘abandoning Afghanistan’ and deciding not to spend billions more of taxpayer’s money on a hop-scotch of social...

As Iraq appears to unravel, it is only right to continue the debate about counterinsurgency, the appropriate application of landpower, and  the expanding role of Special Operations in the US...

Journal Article | June 26, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(3)

If there is one thing the United States military has come to value over the last decade of war – perhaps the only thing – it is having interoperable coalition partners.

Journal Article | June 21, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(1)

At present, for every US Soldier there is at least one 20-foot container of equipment in Afghanistan; a quantity that cannot be overemphasized as our military begins to face the challenges of...

Journal Article | June 20, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(3)

While impressive on paper, in practice the NSR is a hollow concept that will not translate into any substantial economic benefits for Central Asians, Afghans, or Pakistanis.

Journal Article | June 18, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(4)

Counterinsurgency is often a small-unit battle, with company-sized elements requiring organic intelligence capabilities to leverage information into tactical success.

Journal Article | June 18, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(4)

Beware the lure of "credibility."

If critical issues are not dealt with prior to 2014, they most likely will result in Afghanistan’s returning to a state of civil war or a highly dysfunctional state.

The Eid statements demonstrate an increasing sophistication in strategic messaging and understanding of international politics.

Journal Article | June 13, 2013 02:35 AM | Comments(4)

For the U.S. military to restructure and prepare for the future it must look at large formal armies that are currently using proxies to engage in small conflicts that enforce a larger agenda.

Journal Article | June 5, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(9)

Comparing the final days of the Communist Regime in Afghanistan with America’s drawdown.

Journal Article | June 4, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(7)

Together the tribe bears the burdens of war, while the American Soldier reflects in solitude, wondering who he truly is and how he can ever belong.

Journal Article | May 30, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(2)

Some of the major “lessons learned” by ISAF while conducting Counterinsurgency and Stability Operations in Afghanistan

If the Joint Chiefs only learned about the withdrawal scheme a mere few hours before the State of the Union was given, then it is appropriate to question whether the state of civil-military relations...