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  1. "Contra Cross" now available as download and Kindle book

    "In 1949, Alexander Foote wrote a small book, “A Handbook for Spies” which contains all one needs to know to conduct espionage. Now comes another small volume, “Contra Cross”, by William Meara which...
  2. Yingling on the Generals -- An old story

    I say three cheers for LTC Yingling. He speaks the truth. But it is (as he indicates) an old truth, an old story.

    During my relatively brief time in the Army, while working on counterinsurgency...
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    Your conventional mindsets are showing!

    When I saw the subject line for this thread I naively thought I was going to see a discussion of the venerable O2-B and its use as a platform for launching leaflets and loudspeaker messages (yes,...
  4. From the Foreign Service Journal

    http://www.afsa.org/fsj/mar04/rieff.pdf
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    Imperial Life in the Emerald City

    The Guardian is publishing excerpts:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,2016127,00.html
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    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,9...

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,961121-1,00.html
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    Well, I think the assumption that terror must...

    Well, I think the assumption that terror must have been a part of Contra strategy and tactics is a result of the very successful pro-Sandinista PSYOP directed at European and North American...
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    Jedburgh's right. This video is idiotic and...

    Jedburgh's right. This video is idiotic and juvenile. It reminded me of one of the main reasons that I always opposed the use of US conventional forces in Central America: When you bring in large...
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    Guerrillas who could teach US a few things

    We often assume that if there is any training or advising to be done, we Americans naturally should be the trainers and advisors, and the third world folk should be at the receiving end of our...
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    Parthian Shot

    I was reading the "I love me" pages yesterday (impressive!)and it struck me that this group would really like "Parthian Shot" by Lloyd Little.

    Little was an SF medic in Vietnam. He wrote what I...
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    Armchair PSYOPers - Everyone's an expert

    I realize that people are kidding around a bit in this thread, but I think this discussion illustrates one of the big problems faced by those who are tasked with doing PSYOP: Everyone out there...
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    I read about this need for biometeric gear,...

    I read about this need for biometeric gear, fingerprint technology, etc. Here we see one of OUR cultural characteristics. We always seem to go for a technological solution to whatever problem we...
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    Transitions

    Stan: The smooth transition I was referring to was from Catholic school volunteer to U.S. Army officer. That was realtively easy. The shift from the U.S. Army to the State Department was much...
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    PSYOPS in EL SAL

    Well, the transition wasn't as difficult as some might think, because I never found anything morally objectionable about what we were trying to do in El Salvador. I think we were on the side of the...
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    Losing the PSYOP war

    One of the top UK think tanks came out with in interesting piece that mentions shortcomings in PSYOP capabilities:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,2003164,00.html

    This is an...
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    El Salvador war: postscripts

    Having recently finished writing a book that covers my service on an MTT (El Salvador) it is very interesting to read about the experiences of others in this kind of work. I think ours was a bit...
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    O Club, Ft. Bragg, 1984, SF Course. Classmate...

    O Club, Ft. Bragg, 1984, SF Course. Classmate from Africa is with us. Conversation turns to news reports of Africans putting charms on their M-16 muzzles, and beliveing that they will be protected...
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    Magical Realism and the Contras

    Interesting thread. I was reminded of an incident with the Contras in Central America. A fairly senior USG officer had flown in to harangue them about something. A big meeting was arranged. ...
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    From SF to FS, from Mars to Venus

    The titles of many of the threads in this section remind me of the rather quick and jolting transition that I made when I moved from the world of SWC, SOCOM, and MILGRP El Salvador to the U.S....
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    Q Course, FAO, PSYOP... to the field

    Yes, the transition from the U.S. military to the State Department is an interesting one. Two very differenct cultures. Someone wrote a paper entitled "State is from Venus, DOD is from Mars." It...
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    Q course, FAO, PSYOP... to the field

    Some of the threads got moved around a bit with the reorg here at SWJ. I thought that people in this part of the discussion board would be interested in my book. A big part of it describes the...
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    Thanks Art. I really appreciate your reviewing...

    Thanks Art. I really appreciate your reviewing the book. Bill
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    Insurgencies in Central America

    My book, "Contra Cross" deals with the Cold War insurgencies of Central America. I thought it would be of interest to this forum. I'd very much like to discuss it. Here are some blurbs:

    "A...
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