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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Opinion

It’s time to stop awarding the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal | Austin J. Dahmer

There are 19-year-olds who are required to purchase their Global War on Terrorism service medal before they have completed their first 40 days of service.  The lack of actual meaning behind most GWOT medals awarded devalues the service of...

Afghanistan Isn’t Good Terrorist Real Estate | Paul R. Pillar

There has been much discussion over the possibility of Afghanistan becoming a terrorist breeding ground since our departure, but there is nothing uniquely suitable about Afghanistan for terrorists. There are plenty of conflict ridden regions in the world where...

Keep The US Retreat from Afghanistan From Emboldening China | C. Anthony Pfaff

China wasted no time in expressing their willingness to wage war on Taiwan in the days after the US departure from Afghanistan was announced. There are some who have argued that the nature of America’s Afghan withdrawal undermines our...

U.S. Counterterrorism in Africa | Daniel R. Depetris

Four years ago, an ambush in Niger by Al-Qaeda killed four U.S. troops who were completing what was supposed to be a routine mission. The incident and ensuing investigation has brought light onto U.S. military involvement in Africa which...

Facebook Inc. New Employee Manual | Scott Galloway

Founder of the research firm L2 and NYU marketing professor, Scot Galloway, makes the case that Facebook has caused more damage to society than any other organization ever. He warns that while its mission and founder may claim to...

Forward to the past? Weigh covert options in Afghanistan Carefully | Thomas Waldman & Rory Cormac

Is there going to be a sequel to "Charlie Wilson's War"? The film, like the book it was based on, told the story of the colorful congressman's involvement in intensifying America's war in Afghanistan in the 1980s. The US...

The Taliban’s Social Media Presence Is A Clear Danger To America | Jason Killmeyer

During a week of congressional testimony concerning Afghanistan, there was not much discussion of possible terrorist breeding ground that the country may become in wake of Western withdrawal. After the Taliban last took control of the country in 1989,...

Use of mercenaries in Middle East was ineffective and un-American | Las Vegas Sun Editorial

The use of mercenaries during relatively recent conflicts in the Middle East has generated its fair share of controversy. Both the direct use of mercenaries as a fighting force and the contracting of military adjacent roles to third party...

A GI Bill for Afghan allies | Desaix Myers & Doug Livermore

We must think about how we are to repay the Afghans who risked everything over the past 20 years to promote American efforts in their country. This piece recommends passing a piece of legislation similar to the American GI...

Drones are redefining the modern battlefield — we must act swiftly to counter the UAS threat | Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb)

The last two months in Afghanistan were a good reminder that the global security landscape is a dynamic environment in which the unexpected must be prepped and planned for. One of the most concerning technological developments in recent memory...

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SOF Leader Calls Over-the-Horizon Ops in Afghanistan ‘Hard’ But Doable | National Defense Magazine

SOCOM Commander Richard Clarke spoke to the added difficulty to conducting counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan without a supporting ground...

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