Journal Article | February 7, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(1)

Times of crisis can be a brief window of opportunity for large institutional bureaucracies to overcome jurisdictional boundaries and make changes to business as usual. 

Journal Article | February 5, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(28)

Afghanistan required a different approach yet we failed in our analysis, strategy, and application of resources.

Journal Article | January 30, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(34)

The growth of Islamism in the Pakistan Army is a distinct threat to US interests in the region.

Journal Article | January 25, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(18)

Operators must understand local culture and must harness the power of local institutions to fight an irregular enemy. A proposed method to do so.

Journal Article | January 23, 2013 03:29 AM | Comments(1)

True to its name, Syed Saleem Shahzad’s Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban goes beyond the common misperception of Al-Qaeda as a static organization serving the whims of Osama Bin Laden.

Journal Article | January 22, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(8)

For COIN, a trinity of attributes is needed to complement traditional military acumen: analytical intelligence, openness of mind, and broad culture.

Journal Article | January 18, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(1)

 If you’re afforded the opportunity to lead a critical team at a critical juncture in our nation’s history…  see the big picture and embrace it from the beginning.

Journal Article | January 17, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(2)

Observations from a month-long secondment in Afghanistan with DCOMISAF.

The most frustrating moment for the J2 occurs when the operations summary contains more useful intelligence-producing data than the official intelligence reporting.

ESOC identifies, compiles, and analyzes micro-level conflict data and information on insurgency, civil war, and other sources of politically motivated violence worldwide.

Blog post | January 15, 2013 02:00 PM | Comments(3)

There is little additional value to be gained from another year or two of advising and training at the tactical level.

Journal Article | January 10, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(1)

The war in Afghanistan is a war of perceptions on progress made thus far. A widening gap in perceptions will complicate the transition .

Platoon/Company sized elements are being tasked with the execution of security handovers that have been in development for over ten years.

Journal Article | January 7, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(48)

Though discredited, the phased framework of shape-clear-hold-build remains applicable over time when adapted to local circumstances by harmonized independent stakeholders.

Journal Article | December 27, 2012 05:30 AM | Comments(22)

Comparing Past and Current Challenges to Afghan Local Defense.

Journal Article | December 20, 2012 05:30 AM | Comments(8)

The key to successful advisor preparation lies in understanding the operational environment.

Journal Article | December 4, 2012 05:30 AM | Comments(4)

It took the British a full century of trial-and-error to come up with the organization of a stable native army in India, a feat the US believes it has accomplished in less than a decade in...

Journal Article | November 28, 2012 05:30 AM | Comments(9)

It is time to rethink the role of conventional U.S. military medical assets in COIN operations.

Journal Article | November 27, 2012 05:30 AM | Comments(1)

When the balloon goes up... A new look from an old tool.

Journal Article | November 7, 2012 05:25 AM | Comments(38)

To think that America can’t or shouldn’t project its power globally when necessary is a mistake. America’s military struggles in the post-9/11 era have stemmed from improper...

Journal Article | November 7, 2012 05:30 AM | Comments(2)

Train and posture properly for the threat.

Journal Article | October 25, 2012 04:30 AM | Comments(7)

Risk management and wicked messes like Afghanistan.

Journal Article | October 22, 2012 04:30 AM | Comments(6)

Throughout its existence beginning in the early 1990s, ASG has waffled back and forth between criminality and terrorism. 

Time now for a return to the basics if the organization is to endure well into the current century.