What went wrong in Afghanistan? Did anything go right? We’re definitely not going to thoroughly answer those questions in a thirty eight minute podcast episode, but any answer to those questions should feed the greater question – What can the United States in general and the Army in particular learn from the nation’s experience in Afghanistan? A BETTER PEACE welcomes three members of the Eisenhower Series College Program (ESCP) to share their experiences while deployed to and in support of operations in Afghanistan. Matt Adamczyk, Rob Greiner and Kevin Payne join podcast editor Ron Granieri in the studio to discuss the issues they encountered in conjunction with Operation Enduring Freedom and the subsequent operations in Afghanistan.
What I felt and thought as I looked at this was our interests were being overshadowed by our values.
Matt Adamczyk is a U.S. Army infantry officer of over 20 years of service, husband, father of three great kids, and a horrible (but hopeful) golfer. Following graduation from the War College, the family is excited about their sixth move together and joining 3/1 Armored Brigade Combat Team in Fort Bliss, Texas (Go Bulldogs). He is a graduate of the AY22 Resident Course at the U.S. Army War College.
Rob Greiner is an Army Strategist. Prior to this academic year, Rob was a faculty instructor and deputy director at USAWC’s Basic Strategic Art Program. He has also served as a strategist at Army Headquarters, Department of State, Human Resources Command, and at NATO as lead planner for its mission in Afghanistan. Rob holds degrees from Ohio University and Yale. He is a distinguished graduate of the AY22 Resident Course at the U.S. Army War College and received an award for excellence in research and writing for his graduation thesis, “A Foreseeable Finish: Evaluating Afghanistan Through Clausewitz’ Secondary Trinity.”
Kevin Payne is a Military Police Officer with over 25 years of active duty service in the U.S. Army. His experiences include command at Camp Bucca Iraq and the United States Disciplinary Barracks with key developmental positions at Fort Hood, Texas and staff positions in the pentagon and at the United States army military police school. He has deployed on multiple occasions to Iraq and Afghanistan and in his next assignment he will take command of the 15th MP Brigade and he will be the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks Commandant at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is a graduate of the AY22 Resident Course at the U.S. Army War College.
Ron Granieri is an Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College and the Editor of A BETTER PEACE.
The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.
Photo Description: Afghan boy waits for a backpack at the all-boys Pashtu Abad school in Ghazni district, Ghazni province, Afghanistan, April 20, 2013. Khalilullah Hotak, a member of the Nejat Social Council of Ghazni province, distributed backpacks and desks to the school that teaches over 600 boys. The Nejat Social Council’s goal is to eradicate oppression, corruption, and injustice in coordination with the Afghan government.
Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jessica Reyna DeBooy