The Irregular Warfare Initiative has a new podcast out, Lessons from the Hardest Place: Twenty Years of War in Afghanistan, that discusses the counterinsurgency in Afghanistan, how the integration of special operations and conventional forces didn’t always go well and other topics. It is definitely worth a listen. To that end, The Small Wars Journal has an article, Losing Small Wars: Why US Military Culture Leads to Defeat, which follows a similar thread where mission command is preached but rarely practiced as centralization rules the day. It makes you wonder how a whole of government approach to the Great Power Competition will work without some levels of autonomy and a broader strategic purpose or commanders’ intent. For an extreme example of decentralization, check out Task and Purpose’s: US suspends military support to Guinea after Special Forces-trained troops launch coup on their day off. I can add nothing to this story that isn’t stated in this quote, “The Defense Department has suspended military assistance to the African country of Guinea after Guinean special operations forces used their day off from being trained by American Green Berets to overthrow their government.” Once again there are plenty stories about Afghanistan, but DW’s How Afghan women are resisting Taliban rule is both inspirational and tragic in that these women face an extraordinarily tough path ahead. And for something completely different, the AP reports, Egypt team identifies fossil of land-roaming whale species. All of this more in Today’s Daily Dump.
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September 14, 2021
Podcast: Lessons from the Hardest Place: Twenty Years of War in Afghanistan – Irregular Warfare
Twenty Years After 9/11: The Terror Threat from Afghanistan Post the Taliban Takeover – Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
Podcast: WE’RE SO META: PODCASTING ABOUT PODCASTING – A Better Peace
#Reviewing The Other Face of Battle – The Strategy Bridge
Russia and the Taliban: Prospective Partners? – Royal United Service Institute
Watch: Episode 6: Transformation and Adaptation – A Call to Arms
Forward to the Past? Weigh Covert Options in Afghanistan Carefully – War on the Rocks
Beyond Biological Defense: Maintaining the U.S. Biotechnology Advantage – War on the Rocks
The state of police violence in the Americas – Small Wars Journal
Losing Small Wars: Why US Military Culture Leads to Defeat – Small Wars Journal
9/13/2021 National Security and Korean News and Commentary – Small Wars Journal
Afghanistan Aftershocks – Center for Strategic and International Studies
Afghanistan’s security sector reform test – Somalia take note – Institute for Security Studies
Biden Doctrine abating US tensions with China – Asia Times
A Chinese Property Giant Warns of ‘Tremendous’ Financial Pressure – The New York Times
A Million Afghan Children Could Die in ‘Most Perilous Hour,’ U.N. Warns – The New York Times
Iran Nears an Atomic Milestone – The New York Times
Pentagon Defends Deadly Drone Strike in Kabul – The New York Times
Tajikistan: The Taliban’s Toughest Critic – Radio Free Europe
Afghanistan Updates with RFE – Radio Free Europe
Burkina Faso says 374 children rescued from traffickers – Africa News
U.S. and China Reach Deal to Block Myanmar’s Junta From U.N. – Foreign Policy
Ukraine Says Soldier Killed by Separatists in Fresh Fighting – The Moscow Times
Twenty Years After 9/11, It’s Time to Prioritize Diplomacy and Development – United States Institute of Peace
For the First Time, a Navy Drone Ship Launched a Missile at Sea – Popular Mechanics
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