Journal: Integrity, Afghanistan, & The White House

02 Diplomacy, 05 Civil War, 08 Wild Cards, 10 Security, Ethics, Military, Peace Intelligence

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Robert Haddock
Robert Haddock

This Week at War: America’s Last Counterinsurgent?

McChrystal report unwittingly slays counterinsurgency doctrine

September 25, 2009

Robert Haddock

This summer the U.S. government has faced a deteriorating crisis in Afghanistan. Such crises tend to force policymakers to face up to the facile assumptions they have previously made. Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s report to his civilian masters on the faltering counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan has caused President Barack Obama and his advisers to face up to their basic assumptions about U.S. objectives and strategies for perhaps the first time. Obama and his team seem very likely to conclude from this long overdue examination of first principles that it will be impractical for the U.S. to successfully implement a counterinsurgency campaign plan in Afghanistan. McChrystal’s assessment has unwittingly tossed the U.S. military’s counterinsurgency field manual into the shredder. McChrystal’s report is brutally honest about the troubles in Afghanistan.

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What Next In Afghanistan? The Five People Obama Is Asking

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Vice President Joe Biden. C+. Scale back, Drones and Special Forces on high-value targets.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. F.  Delusional on Taliban as lovers of Al Qaeda, listening to slick Australian on spending our way into hearts and minds.

National Security Adviser James Jones. D. Good man that does not know what he does not know, drops from a C to a D because his job is outreach and ensuring the President hears from a diversity of views, that is not happening.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen.  C+. A strategic savant trapped between a rock and a hard-place, his integrity fights his loyalty every day.  A for the rest of the world, D for not calling AF for what it is: a blunder of epic proportions.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates.  B-. Found his integrity in pushing the troop demand into the public eye after first being a loyalist.  Learned from Viet-Nam that Ho was a nationalist after all, Taliban is more of the same.  A lame duck while Obama decides between Chuck Hagel and John Hamre.

Administration Over-All:  D. Empire as Usual, Bureaucracy as Usual, Sacrificing our Troops to Buy Time, Not Listening to Serious Experts, Not Able to Think a Strategic Thought, Not Able to Plan, Program, and Execute a Whole of Government Anything.

Military Archives on Public Intelligence (1992-2006)

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Archives 1992-2006
Archives 1992-2006

2005

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MilitarySteeleUS Army Conference: E3i: Making the Revolution

2005

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MilitaryUSAArmy Modernization Briefing

2004

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MilitarySimmonsForeword to the Draft SOF OSINT Handbook

2004

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MilitaryWiebesSIGINT in Bosnia

2003

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MilitaryHardeeOSINT in Support of Special Operations

2003

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MilitaryHarrisonOSINT Requirements, Collection, & Production Management

2003

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MilitarySteeleSOUTHCOM: Strategic Threat Assessment

2003

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MilitarySteeleAFCEA Texas: C4I Revolution and National Security

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MilitarySteeleTo SecDef: Force Structure Trade-Offs and the Real World

2002

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MilitaryHardeeGrowing an Open Source Intelligence Program

2001

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MilitarySteeleAUSA: Intelligence Support to a Transforming Army

2001

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MilitarySteeleAWC: Welcome to the Real World: Force Structure Trade-Offs

2000

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MilitaryCoxOSINT at SHAPE…Some Musings

2000

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MilitaryDebatThe Challenge of Informing European Defence Decisions

2000

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MilitaryHughesOpen Sources and Intelligent Solutions

2000

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MilitaryMuellerAustrian Military Intelligence Thoughts on OSINT

2000

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MilitaryReganThe UK Ministry of Defence OSINT Program

2000

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MilitaryReynoldsU.S. Transportation Command OSINT

2000

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MilitarySteeleBriefing to NATO/PfP: One World Ready or Not

1999

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MilitaryClarkEAGLE VISION: USAF Initiative for Tactical Receipt of Imagery

1999

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MilitaryConnorsPACOM Additional Slides on VIC

1999

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MilitaryConnorsU.S. Pacific Command’s Virtual Information Center (VIC)

1999

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MilitaryDearthIntelligence in the 21st Century

1999

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MilitaryLeeSummary of Military Map Availabililty for Iran

1999

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MilitaryMyers & MadisonVirtual Information Center Concept Refinement

1999

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MilitaryPrinslow & BondInformation Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies

1999

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MilitarySteeleOverview of OSINT Issues & OSINT Utility to DoD

1999

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MilitarySteeleSetting the Stage for Information Sharing in the 21st Century: 3 Issues

1999

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MilitarySteeleWhat Do We Need to Know and Where Do We Get It? (Slides)

1999

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MilitarySteeleExpeditionary Environment in the 21st Century

1999

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MilitaryWirtzBridging the Culture Gap: OSINT and the Tet Offensive

1998

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MilitaryBeavers & ShanahanOperationalizing IO in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Book Chapter)

1998

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MilitaryBjoreOpen Sources and Methods for the Military

1998

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MilitaryBjoreOSINT Lessons Learned

1998

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MilitaryRathmellAssessing the IW Threat from Sub-State Groups

1998

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MilitarySteeleINFORMATION PEACEKEEPING: Purest Form of War (Outline)

1998

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MilitarySteeleSkeptical Assessment of USN-USMC Based on Real-World OSINT

1998

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MilitarySteeleTAKEDOWN: The Asymmetric Threat to the Nation

1998

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MilitaryTyrrellOSINT: The Challenge for NATO

1997

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MilitaryAlgerIATAC: Building a Knowledge Base of Emerging IAT

1997

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MilitaryClarkEAGLE VISION: Tactical Downlink Station for Imagery

1997

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MilitaryClintonManaging Complex Contingency Operations

1997

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MilitaryMolholmDTIC: Building a Virtual Knowledge Warehouse

1997

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MilitaryNecobaThe Marines and OSINT

1997

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MilitaryPedtkeNational Air Intelligence Center Science & Technology OSINT

1997

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MilitarySteeleCINC Brief: The One that Got CINCSOC (Now CSA) to Buy In

1997

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MilitarySteeleCreating a Bare Bones OSINT  Capability (Slides)

1997

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MilitarySteeleCreating a Bare Bones OSINT Unit for DIA

1997

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MilitarySteeleCINCSOC 10 Minute Brief on OSINT

1997

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MilitaryVeselyStriking A Balance: National, Operational, & Tactical Acquisition

1996

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MilitarySmithDefense Mapping Agency and the Commercial Sector

1996

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MilitarySteeleOpen Source Intelligence Handbook, Chapter 5, OSINT and Military

1996

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MilitarySteeleDIA/JMITC: National Knowledge Strategy & Revolution in Intelligence

1996

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MilitarySteinMapping, Charting, and Geodetic Needs for Remote Sensing Data

1995

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MilitaryBjoreSix Years of Open Source Information (OSI): Lessons Learned

1995

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MilitaryDandarArmy Intelligence XXI, Open Source Status Report

1995

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MilitaryDandarOSIF Exploitation for Army Intelligence XXI: Summary

1995

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MilitaryGarfieldUpdate on the UK MoD OSINT Programme (Slides)

1995

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MilitaryGarfieldUpdate on the UK MoD OSINT Programme (Text)

1995

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MilitaryRicardeliOSINT in Support of Haiti Invasion (Slides)

1995

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MilitaryRicardeliOSINT in Support of Haiti Invasion (Text)

1995

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MilitarySteeleThe Military Perspective on Information Warfare: Apocalypse Now

1995

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MilitarySteeleAWC: Open Source Intelligence for the Military

1994

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MilitaryBrooks & McKeeyerSplit-Based Ops in DESERT STORM: Glimpse of the Future Digital Army

1994

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MilitaryMunroINFORMATION WARFARE: Snake Eaters Meet Net-Heads

1994

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MilitaryPedtkeNAIC & The Intelligence Community Open Source Architecture

1994

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MilitarySteeleDIA/JMITC: NS via the Reinvention of National & Defense Intelligence

1992

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MilitaryCliftMilitary OSINT Requirements, Capabilities, and Contracting Directions

1992

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MilitaryPedtke et alNAIC S&T Open Source Intelligence Requirements & Capabilities

1992

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MilitaryPetersenNew Roles for the U.S. Military

1992

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MilitarySchwartauIntroduction to Information Warfare

1992

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MilitarySteeleIntelligence Lessons Learned from Recent Expeditionary Operations

1992

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MilitarySteeleComments Prepared for Future War Roundtable

1992

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MilitaryStrassmannForcing Innovation, Cutting Costs, and Increasing Defense Productivity

1991

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MilitarySteeleDefense Intelligence Productivity in the 1990’s

1990

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MilitaryUSMC & SteeleExpeditionary Environment Research & Analysis Model

1990

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MilitaryUSMC & SteeleExpeditionary Mission Area Factors Summaries