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    Also try...The Frontier Legion by Frank Leeson,...

    Also try...The Frontier Legion by Frank Leeson, Frontier Scouts by H.R.C. Pettigrew, Victory Point by Ed Darack, The Village by Bing West, and This Man's Army by Andrew Exum.
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    Afghanistan: The Dysfunctional War

    I've attached and excerpted a timely and important paper written by a colleague of mine about how to win in Afghanistan. He has served two tours in Afghanistan as a Special Forces Officer (and is...
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    Question?

    How do we post this to a more public forum?
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    Afghanistan: The Dysfunctional War

    Gentlemen,

    I've attached and excerpted a timely and important paper written by a colleague of mine about how to win in Afghanistan. He has served two tours in Afghanistan as a Special Forces...
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    Contact SOCOM's Office of Public Affairs.

    Contact SOCOM's Office of Public Affairs.
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    Possible Book

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Dobbins has written a book about this time in country which might be useful.
  7. Don't Refer to it as a Surge

    Well, the first thing is to not/not refer to it as a surge. The surge is now inextricably linked to a significant increase in security in Iraq that has subsequently been maintained by generally...
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    Article in Strategic Studies Quarterly

    Below is the link to my new article published in Strategic Studies Quarterly called "Harnessing the Islamist Revolution: A Strategy to Win the War Against Religious Extremism." I hope you enjoy it!
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    Another consideration is that if you take Robert...

    Another consideration is that if you take Robert Kaplan's argument in The Coming Anarchy that when democracy is introduced to a society with significant ethnic/racial/religious tensions there is the...
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    Poll: NATO Confronts Surprisingly Fierce Taliban

    NATO Confronts Surprisingly Fierce Taliban
    Militia Undermines Rebuilding Efforts in Southern Province of Uruzgan
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    Looking for the author of Slow Burn

    Does anyone know where Orrin DeForest is these days? He was the author of Slow Burn which is about the CIA's interrogation program in Vietnam from the late 1960s to the 1970s.
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    Population Security Initiatives

    Looking for examples and any thoughts and suggestions on what population security initiatives have been attempted in OEF/OIF and in various COIN operations in the past. If you can recommend...
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    Poll: I'm not ignoring the rest of the country at all....

    I'm not ignoring the rest of the country at all. I'm focused on trying to fix a particular problem in the south. That is where most of NATO's forces are fighting right now. I'm quite aware that we...
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    Poll: Number of Districts

    How many districts are there in Uruzgan, Helmand, and Kandahar?

    I know Uruzgan has six and I think Kandahar has sixteen and Helmand has thirteen for a total of thirty-five.

    I believe the SEALs...
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    Poll: Practical Solutions for NATO in Southern Afghanistan

    I'm looking for practical solutions to help NATO in southern Afghanistan with the planning assumption that we will not get any significant infusion of troops outside the currently planned Marine...
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    I worked in southern Afghanistan for a year as a...

    I worked in southern Afghanistan for a year as a U.S. Department of State (DOS) political advisor at a PRT and I just completed a tour as a mobilized reservist in Iraq working as the...
  17. Hi jcustis, I'm glad you liked my essay. Of...

    Hi jcustis,

    I'm glad you liked my essay. Of course, now that I see it in print I want to add a whole bunch more to it. I absolutely agree with you about the AK-47. Sometimes it's a whole lot...
  18. Hi skiguy, Department of State, USAID, and...

    Hi skiguy,

    Department of State, USAID, and USDA employees, among others, cannot bring their own firearms and are not to acquire one once they arrive in country. Of course, if they're civilian...
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    I'd strongly recommend anything written by John...

    I'd strongly recommend anything written by John Bagot Glubb. Unfortunately, he doesn't really have any articles but he's written about twenty books on the Middle East, tribes, war-fighting, etc. He...
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    I wouldn't say this is entirely correct. I am...

    I wouldn't say this is entirely correct. I am presently in Fallujah with the U.S. Navy working on tribal and leadership engagement. The next stage of this plan is to remove the vehicle ban and...
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    I'm working in Fallujah as the Tribal/Leadership...

    I'm working in Fallujah as the Tribal/Leadership Engagement Officer for my unit. The Anbar tribes initiative has spread out into neighboring provinces and is starting to resonate in the Shia...
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    I served as the Political Advisor to the PRT in...

    I served as the Political Advisor to the PRT in that province in 2005 and in 2006 and I have visited that particular FOB. We would always get SF guys on rotation back at the PRT, resting and...
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