October 2009


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http://www.archive.org/details/VAS_19_The_Battle_For_Leyte_Gulf

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Via Stephen Briddle’s piece in The New Republic:

General Stanley McChrystal’s request to send more troops to Afghanistan has induced sticker shock for many Americans–including, apparently, President Obama. The integrated counterinsurgency, or COIN, strategy that McChrystal wants to pursue has many components: protecting Afghan civilians, rapidly expanding the Afghan army and police, reforming government, providing economic development assistance, weaning Taliban fighters and leaders away from Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden, reconciling them into the new government, and targeting those who refuse. This makes it a demanding strategy that McChrystal reportedly believes will require providing at least an additional 10,000 to 40,000 U.S. troops and more than doubling existing Afghan forces to a total of 400,000 indigenous soldiers and police. (Full disclosure: I served as a member of General McChrystal’s assessment team in June and July 2009, but I do not speak for his command, and the views expressed here are strictly my own.) This price tag has further galvanized opposition to a war whose support was already fading fast.

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[H/T: AFIO]

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U.S. Forces Command Deputy Cdr: Future military cdrs should be proficient at managing high-tech comm networks & also should know how to wage conventional, irregular and hybrid warfare. [American Forces Press Service]

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