Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Pakistan Tribal Militias Oppose Taliban But . . .

Tribal militias, formed with the assistance of the Pakistan security forces, are successfully opposing the Taliban in the northwest tribal areas of Pakistan.  Some observers view this development with alarm - citing the problems with private militias unaccountable to the central government.  Others welcome the growth of the militias as they know the terrain, the population, and where the Taliban are hiding.  In addition, the militias are controlling areas and a population that the security forces of the central government have not been able to control for a number of years.  Read more in "Militias Stem Taliban, But at a Price", Military.com, December 287, 2010.

French Foreign Legion - Are the Glory Years Now Past?

A recent article explores the past and present of the French Foreign Legion.  The author states that its romantic days are in the past and the usefulness of the Legion has probably diminished.  Hmmmmmm.  Maybe not.  Read more in "The French Legion, a forgotten fighting legend", National Post, December 27, 2010.

Special Forces Not So Keen About Gays in Their Ranks

With the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" will come the problems that many supporters have ignored along the way to social engineering of America's military.  In the midst of a war in Afghanistan the military must now spend precious time, energy, resources and money on ensuring that everyone knows the rules, sits through countless classes, and reads the many orders, regulations, and edicts that will be forthcoming from the different military headquarters.  While many in the military support gays being able to serve in the military it is important to note that many do not.  The difference is in who supports gays and who doesn't.  Most of the military is composed of staff and support servicemen and women who work in an office environment and go home to their private rooms or homes at the end of the day.  If they do deploy, it is locations on the "super FOBs" where they have private living quarters.  It is the men in the combat units that see austere living conditions, communal living arrangements, and shared toilet and shower areas (if they exist) who are resistant to gays in their ranks.  No surprise there.  Of particular interest will be how the gays will be accepted into the Special Operations Forces ranks - as in the Army Special Forces and Navy SEALs.  Many doubt that gays will volunteer for extremely challenging Special Forces training or the dangerous and arduous assignments - so the numbers may be very small.  Read more in "Special Forces wary of 'don't ask, dont' tell' repeal", The Washington Times, December 27, 2010.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Special Forces Critical to Afghan War Effort

U.S. Army Special Forces units are contributing in a vital way to the fight in Afghanistan.  They are engaged in a host of activities to include Direct Action, Unconventional Warfare, Stability Operations, and Foreign Internal Defence. The pace of deployments have been constant for the seven Special Forces groups since 9/11.  Read more in "U.S. special ops forces vital in Afghan war", USA Today, December 27, 2010.

The Special Forces units are continually looking for young men to volunteer for their intensive training program and subsequent assignment to a Special Forces team.  For more information on opportunities see the links below:

Active Duty Special Forces

National Guard Special Forces

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Transparency International - Afghanistan Ranks Among Most Corrupt

The organization Transparency International has released a map depicting corrupt nations of the world.  It is entitled Corruption Perceptions Index 2010 Results.  Of note is Afghanistan - ranked among one of the most corrupt in the world.  Iraq does not rank much better.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Shared Strategies for Homeland Security Exhibit and Conference (Dec 13-16, 2010, Denver, CO)

The Shared Strategies for Homeland Security Conference and Exhibit will take place on December 13-16, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.  The conference will be informative for first responders, healthcare professionals, the business community and citizens.