Posts Tagged ‘Army’

U.S. Army To Switch 2 Heavy Brigades to Strykers

Gina Cavallaro and Kris Osborn. Defense News, 01 Oct 2009.
http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?c=LAN&s=TOP&i=4304167

A Strategy of Tactics: Population-centric COIN and the Army

Gian P. Gentile. Parameters, Autumn 2009.
http://www.public.navy.mil/usff/documents/gentile.pdf

Excerpt:

Population-centric COIN may be a reasonable operational method to use in certain circumstances, but it is not a strategy.

Editor’s Comment:

Agreed! COIN is a collection of tactics. What is missing in Afghanistan is a strategy with any credible chance of success … despite the lip-service to political solutions.

Wars stretch Army and Marine Corps particularly thin

Katherine McIntire Peters. Government Executive, 28 September 2009.
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=43682&dcn=todaysnews

The Army wants your comments on its new Capstone Concept

Robert Haddick. Small Wars Journal, 22 September 2009.
article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/2009/09/the-army-wants-your-comments-o/
Army Capstone Concept draft: http://defensealt.org/H6QBMm
Post your comments: http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/showthread.php?t=8486

My Cousin’s Enemy is My Friend: A Study of Pashtun “Tribes” in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Research Reachback Center White Paper, TRADOC G2 Human Terrain System, United States Army, September 2009.
http://easterncampaign.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/my-cousins-enemy-is-my-friend-a-study-of-pashtun-tribes.pdf

Excerpt:

Though tribe is a factor in Pashtun society, it is neither the only source of Pashtun identity nor the only foundation of Pashtun social organization. Traditions of shared kinship have formed the narrative foundations for Pashtun tribal organization, and historical forces have reinforced these structures. However, both in the past and where kin-based social structures still exist among Pashtuns, other social forms routinely arise and trump the importance of tribe and tribal organization. Rivalry between close male relatives, the formation of factions within kin groups, and the dynamics of patronage make Pashtun social structures far more complex than if they followed the classical anthropological definition of “tribe.”

Army readies draft of modernization plan

Megan Scully. Congress Daily, 17 August 2009.
http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0809/081709cdpm2.htm

Getting the Army Mix Right

Greg Grant. DoD Buzz, 17 August 2009.
http://www.dodbuzz.com/2009/08/17/getting-the-army-mix-right/

Obama submits plan to pay for troops

Megan Scully. Congress Daily, 14 August 2009.
http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0809/081409cdpm1.htm