VSO

Journal Article | May 30, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(2)

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

Interoperability is a function of leadership, hardship, and time. To quickly achieve it, focus on individual personalities, understand that everyone has value, and exercise mission command.

Journal Article | April 9, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(26)

The “U.S. in the Lead” COIN approach usually fails where security force assistance could succeed.

Journal Article | March 28, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(13)

The Civilian Irregular Defense Group was one of Special Forces’ greatest success stories and by far the greatest example of how to fight unconventional warfare with an economy of force approach.

Journal Article | March 19, 2013 01:25 AM | Comments(1)

Do the terrain and the friendly and enemy situations allow stability operations at the village or district level?

Journal Article | February 25, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(11)

If the coalition consolidates on major bases along the ring road and attempts a Soviet-style hub and spoke concept, the result will be the same: defeat. 

Journal Article | February 7, 2013 02:30 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 | January 25, 2013 02:30 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.

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

Journal Article | December 27, 2012 04:30 AM | Comments(22)

Comparing Past and Current Challenges to Afghan Local Defense.

Journal Article | November 28, 2012 04:30 AM | Comments(9)

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

Journal Article | August 9, 2012 04:03 PM | Comments(54)

  Will we “learn” the same lessons we learned after Vietnam again? (…and, by the way, what were those lessons?)

Journal Article | June 20, 2012 04:33 AM | Comments(2)

Using visual media to disrupt insurgent formation.

Journal Article | June 19, 2012 04:30 AM | Comments(33)

Ultimately, our current strategy in Afghanistan will prove to be costly and unsustainable.  Can we take a new approach molded by the careful study of our enemy?

Journal Article | May 18, 2012 03:49 AM | Comments(6)

The perhaps-unsurprising second- and third-order effects of VSO and ALP.

Journal Article | May 14, 2012 03:42 AM | Comments(148)

Capturing the investor's mindset in special operations.

Journal Article | March 27, 2012 03:39 AM | Comments(5)

Seth A. Shreckengast examines the successes of village stability operations and the Afghan Local Police program.