Two weeks ago we released a podcast episode featuring Larry Goodson sharing his thoughts on what the future holds beyond Afghanistan. This week Larry is back with Thomas Johnson sharing thoughts on how we got here in the first place with regards to Afghanistan. Both of these middle east experts have the necessary experience in the region to take a complicated problem and break it down into component failures that have spanned decades and multiple administrations and commanders. They provide a ten point explanation of the decisions and failures that have led the world to the present day situation. It’s a terrific primer and reminder that gets past the finger pointing and posturing dominating the news cycle and social media. And it’s a great starting point in the necessary process that is the after action analysis that now must begin.
China’s treatment of the Uighur population in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region has been covered widely in the world news arena. Many around the globe have called for an end to what has been deemed human rights violations. WAR ROOM welcomes Alden Leader to examine the issue through the lens of a counterinsurgency. Leader points out that while there may be some extremist bad actors, China’s heavy handed tactics will only gain them short term success and risks fanning the flames of a full fledged insurgency.
The jungle is the natural refuge of the weak. René Riesen, Jungle Mission In many military cultures and in the Western popular imagination, individuals who go native or turn rogue evoke curiosity and often revulsion. Soldiers who take off usually face court martial and do not share much in common with their more responsible […]
A new kind of threat requires significant changes in the way that soldiers make decisions – doubling down on the importance of environmental training. In a recent Foreign Policy piece, Elbridge Colby, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development (2017-2018), argued that the United States military needs to prepare to […]