Journal: MILNET Focus on Afghanistan

05 Civil War, 08 Wild Cards, Military, Peace Intelligence
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Interview With Dutch Major General Mart de Kruif, Former Commander, Regional Command South

Phi Beta Iota: Read every word.  Highlights include:

;1)  Every province is difference (see General Zinni’s characterization of the six different Viet-Nam wars in Battle Ready)

2)  Climate and Ops Tempo, not the Taliban, are the major challenge

3)  Taliban losing, resorting more to terror against civilians

4)  NATO works–could not have done AF without NATO C4I

5)  Not a single word about civilian stabilization & reconstruction assistance, which appears to be dead in the water with AID pulling back

Our Conclusion: Having tried and failed at everything else, we are now at the cusp of the “Brass Hour” in both IQ and AF but the military is failing to do the homework needed to present a compelling case for fur a “Berlin Airlift” into both countries that overwhelms the population with what we should have used the first time around: language-qualified Muslim engineers from Indonesia and Malaysia and Turkey, along with a mini-Marshall Plan that wages peace without end.  One Tribe at a Time, Yes, But Bring Peace Goods with You….

Journal: Afghanistan & Iraq–Opportunity Knocks for an Afghan Airlift and a Six-Month Muslim-Centered Multinational Multiagency “Advise & Assist” Transition Toward Departure from Both Countries

Other References:

Reference: One Tribe at a Time by Maj Jim Gant

Review: The Search for Security–A U.S. Grand Strategy for the Twenty-First Century

Journal: USAID in Afghanistan

Journal: Spinning Afghanistan

Journal: U.S. Air Force–Remote from War & Reality

Reference: Counterinsurgency & Stabilization Dynamic Informed Planning

Handbook: Peace Operations for the JTF Commander

Review: Guiding Principles for Stabilization and Reconstruction (Paperback)

Worth a Look: Contractors in Stability Operations

Journal: Al Qaeda Has a Regional Strategy, Does US?

Handbook: Guide to Rebuilding Public Sector Services in Stability Operations–A Role for the Military

Reference: General McCaffrey’s Trip Report on AF

Journal: US Intervention Outcomes for Women Et Al

Journal: Anthropology 101–Not Being Listened To

Journal: The Demise of US Intelligence Qua Brains

Journal: Director of National Intelligence Alleges….

Journal: The Intelligence War Not Fought

Journal: Yemen–Opening A New “Front” in the Long War