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Observations on Afghanistan. “A Strategic Movement to Contact”. Problems in Afghanistan. No Unity of Effort, even among NATO nations, and no uniform COIN campaign

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observations on afghanistan

Observations on Afghanistan

“A Strategic Movement to Contact”

problems in afghanistan
Problems in Afghanistan
  • No Unity of Effort, even among NATO nations, and no uniform COIN campaign
  • Airpower was key element of Iraqi success, but it cannot substitute for shortage of boots on the ground either for gathering intelligence or perceptions of security
  • Excessive civilian casualties in on-call airstrikes, SOF raids – and who controls the ground controls the message
  • Significant decline in public support and government legitimacy in key areas
  • The Taliban adapts better than Al Qaeda
  • Pakistan remains key to region
two key factors explain confidence in the us and nato presence and civilian casualties
Two key factors explain confidence in the US and NATO: presence and civilian casualties.

US/NATO Force Presence

Awareness of Civilian Casualties

Charney Research

broader institutional worries
Broader Institutional Worries
  • Has the pendulum swung too far, or not enough, or not at all? – Reform is uneven
  • The soul of SOF
  • Semantic obfuscation
  • People are not terrain
  • Academic backlash
  • Neglect of staffs and headquarters
  • Health of the all-Volunteer force and its utility in “Long War,” including tour length & rotation policies
  • Continuing lack of interagency capability