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Did the USSR win their war in Afghanistan?

As documented in Lester Grau’s paper, Breaking Contact Without Leaving Chaos:  The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Soviet Union exodus from Afghanistan was orderly, on their own terms, and left institutions that were expected to endure (which they did for several years … Continue reading

Lessons Ignored, Part II: Who needs doctrine?

Maybe I’ve overreached concerning the importance of doctrine.  Apparently the success of the United States’ military is not because of a well understood core of doctrine but because of our disregard for it: One of the serious problems in planning the fight … Continue reading

The Fog of Peace

“The quickest way to end a war is to lose it.”  –George Orwell It should come as no surprise that this blog is not especially optimistic about the sustainability of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan.  A new blog at http://www.foreignpolicy.com doesn’t shake that pessimism. … Continue reading

Professionals talk logistics, Part II

In what has become a recurring theme, fielding the logistics and support units (the ones that take the longest to train) after the combat troops goes against lessons learned from Vietnam and beyond.  So it doesn’t take a genius to predict … Continue reading

Professionals talk logistics

Having ordered an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan in December 2009, President Obama has now ordered the “Surge Recovery,”  the first 10,000 troops home by the end of December and another 20,000 home by the end of September 2012.  This follows the … Continue reading

Lessons Ignored

The Counterinsurgency Field Manual, written by Generals Petraeus and Amos, contains lessons learned from past counterinsurgencies.  One such lesson is cited below in its entirety: Building a Military: Sustainment Failure By 1969, pressure was on for U.S. forces in Vietnam to … Continue reading