Saturday, July 3, 2010
AP3 or Afghan Public Protection Program in Wardak Province, Afghanistan
A revolutionary concept - started by Special Forces in Afghanistan - is showing dramatic results. The Afghan Public Protection Program, commonly called AP3, has retaken a valley once ruled by the Taliban. Read more in "In an Afghan Valley of Death, Good News - for Now", Time, June 16, 2010. Of course, it remains to be seen if the program will continue to be funded. Just because the establishment of rural local defense forces makes sense, is inexpensive, and does what the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Afghan National Police (ANP) has failed to do in eight years does not matter. What matters is whether the U.S. policy makers believe in the top-down or bottom-up approach to local security in Afghanistan.