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    Strategy?

    NFZ is a tactic. Very doable, relatively low-risk although not risk-free, but still a tactic. To what purpose? What further expectations will this raise?

    As far as the strategic message to the...
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    Strategy for Libya?

    The media has a lot of coverage lately regarding the possibility of NATO military action in Libya. A no-fly zone is the most commonly discussed option; however, providing arms to the “rebels” is...
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    If you've already cleared the topic with your...

    If you've already cleared the topic with your Prof, I'd suggest that you "Continue to March." If the requirement is a "research paper," these are usually something that digs into some detail on a...
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    Tough topic for an undergrad paper, and not sure...

    Tough topic for an undergrad paper, and not sure why you are using 2005 as the beginning point of the "evolution" you plan to study, but these might be useful:

    "PRT Lessons from Iraq" by Terrence...
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    ---Continued--- In late 2003 and early 2004,...

    ---Continued---

    In late 2003 and early 2004, when violence was relatively low compared to the peaks of 2006, the priority effort to restore electrical power to Baghdad in particular and across...
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    Steve: My observations come from serving in...

    Steve:

    My observations come from serving in Baghdad as an Army National Guard colonel in CJTF-7 (I was Chief of Policy in the C-5 Directorate) in 2004 and then as a State Department civilian in...
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    Civilian Issues in Semi-Permissive Environments are Complicated

    The issue with civilian participation as being due to security problems is usually overstated, and often done in a manner to give the incorrect impression that the military personnel are "braver" and...
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    I used to write a lot of stuff on CD before...

    I used to write a lot of stuff on CD before switching to COIN. I'm skeptical about comparing the two, but here are some other articles you should look at:

    National Guard Counterdrug Support...
  9. In Baghdad, the Brit soldiers don't seem to have...

    In Baghdad, the Brit soldiers don't seem to have any trouble finding beer. The troops in the remote areas will figure it out if they are allowed to. Is there a western military besides the US that...
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    Many thanks! It sounds like with the exception...

    Many thanks! It sounds like with the exception of some SOF, McK with a dual hat is the closest thing to a single point in the C2 chain.
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    Thanks for the link, but it is not quite what I'm...

    Thanks for the link, but it is not quite what I'm looking for.

    To be more specific, I'm wondering if there is there something that actually shows how Petraeus as CENTCOM commander (or Dempsey as...
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    Afghanistan Chain of Command at the Top?

    Can anyone point me towards an accurate unclassified org chart with the present chain of command for Afghanistan? Have we figured out whether the current number of 4-star generals running things is...
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