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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Opinion

Between Then and Now, They Did Not Die in Vain | Joseph Votel

There has been plenty of commentary in recent weeks over supposed wasted efforts in Afghanistan, but it is important to remember the sacrifices were not without cause. Former US Central Command commander Joseph Votel is wise to the fact...

The UK-US ‘special relationship’ is at breaking point | Con Coughlin

For the past 20 years, out of fear of souring the ‘special relationship’ they have, British military officials usually keep their criticisms of American foreign policy private. Since the invasion of Afghanistan began, England has been a trustworthy ally...

A smarter way to dominate enemies | Richard Mason

The situation that has unfolded in Afghanistan over the past month or so could have been avoided by studying the lessons of American military history. Imposing a change in lifestyle to countries or groups that have no interest in...

America’s longest war is finally over. Now it’s time to learn from our mistakes | Daniel R. Depetris

To better understand the War in Afghanistan, this author argues one must contend with three distinct errors in American judgement: The original U.S. objective in Afghanistan was punishing those who carried out the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Within a...

Fired Marine’s question about leader accountability should not be dismissed | Andrew Milburn

Although it is obvious Scheller was in violation of Marine code, his questions about senior officer accountability remain. Why, despite 20 years of deployments, deaths, and destruction “did we find ourselves running for the exits, leaving those who fought...

The dawn of America’s latest (“forever”?) conflict: the Over-the-Horizon War of 2021 | Charles J. Dunlap, Jr.

While President Biden assures the American people we possess the capability to deal with those responsible for last week’s airport bombing from a distance using Over-the-Horizon attacks, this author is convinced a significant human investment would be involved. Despite...

There Must Be Accountability for America’s Defeat in Afghanistan | National Interest

The American-led war in Afghanistan, which has lasted nearly two decades, is almost over. There will undoubtedly be much written on the issue in the years ahead, but two things are evident in the immediate aftermath. Adaptation is the...

US military must prepare for POW concerns in the deepfake era | C4ISRNET

Authoritarian regimes have tried to misuse their American prisoners of war in the past for propaganda purposes. Despite the fact that such activities were clearly in violation of the Geneva Conventions, these attempts frequently took the form of video...

Troop, family sacrifices in Afghanistan not in vain | Military Times

Let us redouble our efforts to recognize and assist our warriors and their families as we progressively absorb the repercussions of the disaster that transpired last week in Kabul. Kirk Owen, an Army Staff Sergeant, was killed in action...

It’s time to admit the US is abandoning Afghanistan | Task & Purpose

We've reached the end of the road. This is the moment that has been eagerly anticipated and equally feared. Despite the Taliban's attack, the US is withdrawing from Afghanistan. We've lost, and the tens of thousands of Afghans who...

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To take on Russia and China, the US Navy is standing up a new unit to do the missions that only SEALs can do...

Naval Special Warfare Group 8 (NSWG 8) was born out of the combining of NSWG 3 and NSWG 10....

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