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Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 16 Hours Ago
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Brave as lions but poorly led the British heroes of Helmand

The headline for a review of a forthcoming, two-part BBC documentary 'Afghanistan: The Lion’s Last Roar', which promises to:Link to BBC, first programme Sunday evening 9PM...
Forum: Trigger Puller 1 Day Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 1,047
Posted By davidbfpo
Smile Smitty, If you work for the Chinook makers I...

Smitty,

If you work for the Chinook makers I will claim my fee if France buys CH-47s.
Forum: PMCs and Entrepreneurs 1 Day Ago
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Views: 134,772
Posted By davidbfpo
Justice after seven years

Link:http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/oct/22/us-jury-convicts-blackwater-security-guards-iraq
Forum: Trigger Puller 1 Day Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 1,047
Posted By davidbfpo
Where did it mention needing more/new Chinooks?

The quote is in a footnote (No.57) on pg.42 / 58 and it says:
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 2 Days Ago
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Posted By davidbfpo
Chinese people abroad: their government doesn't care?

A "lurker" who watches China far more than I wondered aloud that the Chinese state does not care for its nationals who live abroad.

The vast majority have personally emigrated, for a better life...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 2 Days Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 8,233
Posted By davidbfpo
Canadian-Hong Kong kith & kin

The protests in Hong Kong have not appeared here (yet), but their impact is way beyond the special administrative region (SAR) as this Canadian article explains:...
Forum: Intelligence 2 Days Ago
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Views: 1,396
Posted By davidbfpo
Doughnut boss adds and his critics respond

Yesterday Ian Lobban, GCHQ's retiring Director gave his official exit speech; choosing Churchill's WW2 Cabinet War Rooms in London. This is the official...
Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 2 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 450
Posted By davidbfpo
Rory added a review too

SWJ Blog put up a NYT review by Rory Stewart (British MP) last week:http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/nov/06/afghanistan-shocking-indictment/?insrc=toc

I read it yesterday, the book...
Forum: Trigger Puller 2 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 1,047
Posted By davidbfpo
Two open sources on the TDM clearly state they...

Two open sources on the TDM clearly state they are a career path partly as their primary service is abroad - which includes France's far-flung territories....
Forum: Trigger Puller 2 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 1,047
Posted By davidbfpo
Yes, hence the RAND author's numerous caveats. ...

Yes, hence the RAND author's numerous caveats.

What would be interesting is a comparison with the approaches used by the US military in a region familiar to them, using Bob's 'history, interests...
Forum: Middle East 3 Days Ago
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Views: 4,678
Posted By davidbfpo
A diabolical marketing strategy

A fascinating article, the headline 'The Making of the World's Scariest Terrorist Brand', although the sub-title is quite telling:
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Forum: Trigger Puller 3 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 1,047
Posted By davidbfpo
New boots, Chinooks please: French lessons for the US Army

A fascinating RAND study of France's Operation Serval in Mali and whether the US Army's expeditionary approach can learn lessons. There are some important caveats, notably reliance on French official...
Forum: Europe 3 Days Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1,105
Posted By davidbfpo
American Pride, Yes Anne Applebaum does not...

American Pride,

Yes Anne Applebaum does not include the Yeltsin era as contributing to the return of "old wine" in a new Putin-shape. One reason why I used succinct.

I am not a Russian...
Forum: Europe 3 Days Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1,105
Posted By davidbfpo
The myth of Russian humiliation

An excellent, succinct commentary by Anne Applebaum in the WaPo, a SME on Eastern Europe. SWC have debated the issues and mistakes around the Crimea, Ukraine and other incidents of late....
Forum: Middle East 4 Days Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 22,665
Posted By davidbfpo
A short column by Lorenzo Vidino, a SME on the...

A short column by Lorenzo Vidino, a SME on the Muslim Brotherhood; in which he succinctly explains the UK governments review as:
...
Forum: Africa 6 Days Ago
Replies: 173
Views: 15,869
Posted By davidbfpo
We don't talk to BH. Ah, yes we do.

For months the Nigerian government has denied being in talks with Boko Haram, over the kidnapped schoolgirls in particular. Now it appears they have been talking, with the Red Cross visiting jails to...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 168
Views: 5,493
Posted By davidbfpo
The impact of THE weather

I do wonder - from my centrally heated home - whether the weather will freeze aggression sooner than the political-military.

On a quick look based on the climate in Rostov winter arrives next...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 806
Views: 74,481
Posted By davidbfpo
Thousands of Kurds are fighting for the Daesh

Crowbat a question about the Kurds. Two days ago you posted this:

IIRC this theme has appeared elsewhere, which came as a surprise to me.

I appreciate the Kurds across the regional borders are...
Forum: International Politics 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 8,066
Posted By davidbfpo
Should the U.S. Cooperate with China on Terrorism?

Discovered via a "lurker" a short discussion, with reasonable responses, although none of the SME writing are known to me:http://www.chinafile.com/conversation/should-us-cooperate-china-terrorism?
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Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
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Views: 39,122
Posted By davidbfpo
A bad investment: ISF

A conservative explanation why the ISF collapsed - before Mosul - which is a good, quick read:http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-iraqs-american-trained-army-failed/

It ends with:...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 1,234
Posted By davidbfpo
Counter - Unconventional Warfare

A 'White Paper' from US Army SOCOM on Counter Unconventional War, published last month, appeared today. It has no USG classification and is on several websites, albeit no USG ones, on a quick Google...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 5,230
Posted By davidbfpo
al-Sisi is not helping

Elliott Abrams from CFR is I think a Washington "insider", OK in the past, but he is rather direct in this article:http://blogs.cfr.org/abrams/2014/10/13/stability-in-egypt/

He cites in part a...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Week Ago
Replies: 95
Views: 53,250
Posted By davidbfpo
The flow to the main conflict zone

Nice graphic via WaPo:http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/foreign-fighters-flow-to-syria/2014/10/11/3d2549fa-5195-11e4-8c24-487e92bc997b_graphic.html?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost
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Forum: Futurists & Theorists 1 Week Ago
Replies: 96
Views: 19,966
Posted By davidbfpo
WW2 Crimean campaign: Italians fighting?

Firn replied:

When I visited Sevastapol our guides pointed out an Italian war memorial, built recently after the USSR fell - that is what I relied upon.

Incidentally the official German war...
Forum: Central Asia 1 Week Ago
Replies: 126
Views: 63,218
Posted By davidbfpo
A ggod question that explains this OD article: ...

A ggod question that explains this OD article:

Link:https://www.opendemocracy.net/civilresistance/michael-caster/resistance-repression-and-cycle-of-violence-in-uyghur-struggle

Somehow I don't...
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