Afghanistan

Blog post | March 11, 2012 10:02 AM | Comments(14)

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

Journal Article | February 7, 2018 03:59 AM | Comments(3)

America lacks both serious consideration about the ends America seeks in deploying its sons and daughters across the globe and the way it is achieving our stated ends.

With new aircraft, at-home training, maintenance practices, and a new generation of eager pilots and aircrew, it will be possible to begin to turn the tide at all levels of the Afghan war.

ISAF may provide a new model of counterinsurgency – de facto multilateral – based on classical doctrines and tenets, yet organizationally and operationally different.

The war will not only continue but will expand, that we will keep at it on a larger scale with new and sweeping objectives. Our troops and the country will have a high price to pay.

Journal Article | November 12, 2017 04:36 PM | Comments(4)

Most people pay attention to the heavy hitters, but a group that needs more extensive study is the Haqqani Network in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other Central Asian countries.

A Small Wars Journal interview with General David Petraeus by Octavian Manea.

Journal Article | October 14, 2017 12:12 AM | Comments(1)

For many years after the withdrawal, it appeared that the so-called ‘Reagan Offensive’ in its political pressure and provision of arms to Afghan rebels was the overwhelming factor.

General David Petraeus - Interview by Dr. Joseph Collins and Mr. Nathan White - CCO PRISM

Journal Article | September 3, 2017 06:16 AM | Comments(2)

U.S. policymakers must finally and honestly acknowledge that the only clear answer is to directly engage in addressing the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan.

Journal Article | August 8, 2017 01:23 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 05:21 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 07:51 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 06:20 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 05:35 AM | Comments(43)

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

Journal Article | April 9, 2017 05:52 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 06:18 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 01:30 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 01:30 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 01:30 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 01:30 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.