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    Back to the Future

    I thought Col Gentile's article was both thought provoking and balanced - nothing less that one would expect from a knowledgable professional.

    However: for my money he is guilty of a slightly...
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    Bespoke COIN Planning Required?

    I read the following link from the BBC about life in Kandahar.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8203830.stm

    It set me to thinking that in some places where there is a degree of...
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    Some thoughts:

    A book entitled Arabs by Mark Allen is woth a crack. It was well read by the Brits in Basra - some cynics might say that would be enoiugh to put you off! It shouldn't.
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    A Steer of Sorts

    Drop a line to the boys at the War Studies Department in Kings London - they will have strong links with groups in the US and may be able to suggest soemthing.

    If you hit a brick wall there, come...
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    Kitson Alive and Well

    Still very much with us. I'm hopeful that it might be possible to persuade a wee publisher to consider a bio of him while it is still possible to get first hand accounts with him.
    I would say...
  6. British View

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/5967728/David-Cameron-would-appoint-Minister-for-Afghanistan.html

    This link takes you to an interesting article about alleged proposal by...
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    Kitson's View

    Saifullah - I dare say you don't have a library close by (if you do then alls the better) but if you can get hold of Frank Kitson's 'Low Intensity Operations' he offers a very good set of...
  8. Thread: A Third Way

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    A Third Way

    I was in Basra during 2006 and 2007. IMO the author makes an accurate observation about how we planned and executed the extraction from Basra. However, I'll take some convincing that the same is...
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    The Rifles - a case in point

    A wee bit more detail just to square the circle of where General Sir Nick is headed next. He is also Colonel Commandant of the Rifles.
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    The Strength of the Regimental System

    David

    Very strong stuff. I simply add the following link to underline the powerful article you had posted. I understand that they are all keeping each other amused in Selly Oak!!!!!
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    An SDR for current operations?

    Another good article. Well thought out and accurate on a number of levels. Its encouraging that the debate in the media is moving gently towards a more sophisticated level that just pure equipment...
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    A Good Article

    http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/will-pike-and-patrick-little-we-are-at-war-but-where-is-the-leadership-1752208.html

    Well worth a read. Most of the points land on target.
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    Thanks

    - its a very useful link. I think that Rory Stewart's views are beginning to resonate in the upper echelons of the military chain. No doubt the military do find some of his views uncomfortable, but I...
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    A Brief Answer

    At the strategic level the support is there and senior military figures have appeared to achieve a concensus amongst poilitical leaders (note - not necessarily their followers) that this may be a...
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    Make security not war

    One of the early contentions in this thread was the premise that war is war. I wonder if we ought to be making security in Afghanistan, not war. Why?

    Armies can make war in the classic sense - but...
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    Talking to the Taliban

    At some point, if one accepts the premise that victory against the Taliban is unachievable, negotiation must be an option. This article by James Fergusson, now over a year old (15 Jun 08) is of...
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    Gelb's View

    Leslie Gelb has a very good one-pager about Robert McNamara in this week's Time. It gives a sharp treatise on the difficulties of McNamara's approach. I highlight because the last paragraph is of...
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    Afghan Narrative

    Alot of this debate, both within the media and also to mainstream politics, in UK and US, highlights the effects of a distinct lack of a coherent strategic narrative on the coalition effort in...
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    Ken Thats a very taut and accurate summary of...

    Ken

    Thats a very taut and accurate summary of the debate to date. I'll start reading these strings from the bottom in future!
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    Hearts and Minds

    I agree that there is much to support and admire in this essay - however I fundamentally believe that we must maintain the 'hearts and minds' concept at the core of what we do out there. It is in...
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    Tom, you have it accurately there. 5 British...

    Tom, you have it accurately there. 5 British service men have lost their lives this week in Afghanistan; they have had to fight for media space with Michael Jackson and the Wimbledon tennis finals. ...
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