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    Sampler's Taxonomy...

    Keeping in mind that I'm "LS," and have no idea who this "Sampler" guy is (though he sounds like a true legend in his own mind)...

    After reading all these responses and discussions (on this...
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    OE: I don't disagree that there is significant...

    OE: I don't disagree that there is significant presence by lots of USG agencies, bureaux, and offices. But that's like watching a crowd standing around a traffic accident and assuming someone has...
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    various, in response...

    Entropy: "IMO, Afghanistan and Pakistan are like conjoined Frankenstein twins - a menagerie of peoples that have yet to solidify into something resembling our Western concept of nationhood and likely...
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    A further "clarification"

    Or maybe "complication," is a better word...

    Is one reason I'm looking for justifications to use FID lenses for looking at AFG the fact that FID is (usually) conducted in support of IDAD, and IDAD...
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    *huh* Good point. I hadn't thought of it, but I...

    *huh* Good point. I hadn't thought of it, but I suppose one could argue that our approach in PAK is tilted towards FID, while our approach in AFG is decidedly more COIN.

    I've been looking at...
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    Entropy, this is the crux of my arguement. If...

    Entropy,

    this is the crux of my arguement. If you personally were to do an initial CONOP for COM ISAF and were told to prepare for a FID mission, how would your concept (and subsequent RFFs,...
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    Okay...

    thanks to all for your thoughts.

    Some clarifications: I'm not interested here in UW. I'm familiar with the concept and execution of UW and can easily imagine that there is somewhere UW planning...
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    FID is defined as "Participation by civilian and...

    FID is defined as "Participation by civilian and military agencies of a government in any of the action programs taken by another government or other designated organization to free and protect its...
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    FID or UW: And does it matter?

    PLEASE DON'T REPLY HERE! I'VE STARTED THIS THREAD IN THE "GOVERNMENT AGENCIES' SUB-THREAD, AND WOULD LIKE TO KEEP THE/ANY DISCUSSION THERE.

    The text below is intended to pursue subtle but perhaps...
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    FID or COIN? does it matter

    I'm looking for discussion and/or guidance (to references).

    I just got back from working with COM ISAF on the 60-day assessment. One of the basic theological questions that we never really...
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    Good point but...

    Isn't this arguement a ~little~ specious? I mean, if you walk into the USAID building - any office or bureau - and ask for a show of hands from anyone who's there on a contract providing internal...
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    A potentially helpful analog to the S/CRS role...

    These comments represent ~ONLY~ the personal opinion of the author - a long-time fan of SWJ - and do not in any way reflect the actual policy of anyone. In fact, if you ask around, most people will...
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    An accurate but incomplete observation...

    I don't completely disagree with your statement above. I have over 15 years in Army SF, and over 25 associated with SOF in general, and have to say that some of the flag-level officers who "get it"...
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    Strengthening civilian capabilities

    For what it's worth, there is movement on this.

    At the end of March (07) the Deputies approved the creation of an "interagency management structure" (IMS) for S&R missions; a civilian response...
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    Help with C2 in Afghanistan

    I'm considering doing some academic work on the different C2 structures (and the corresponding strengths and weaknesses) of the military and civilian communities in Afghanistan. There's no thesis,...
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