Monday, April 23, 2012

Afghans and US Complete Negotiations for Strategic Partnership

The United States and Afghanistan have completed their negotiations for a draft strategic partnership agreement that will spell out the U.S. role in Afghanistan over the next several years. The draft agreement is completed in time for the NATO conference to be held in Chicago in May on Afghanistan. Read more in "With Pact, U.S. Agrees to Help Afghans for Years to Come", The New York Times, April 22, 2012.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Embracing the Fog of War by Ben Connable

A new book is out about conducting assessments and using metrics in counterinsurgency.  It is entitled "Embracing the Fog of War".  The author, Ben Connable, looks at the different concepts and approaches used to conduct assessments of counterinsurgency efforts. This includes a look at assessments conducted in Vietnam as well as Afghanistan.  You can purchase the book on at the link below:

Embracing the Fog of War: Assessment and Metrics in Counterinsurgency

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Beards Improve Combat Effectiveness

A recent report indicates that beards improve combat effectiveness among Soldiers. Researchers embedded in controlled study groups exposed to combat over a period of time found a direct linkage to more accurate fire and better performance attributed to those with facial hair. This has, of course, angered the Special Forces community who are of the opinion that proper selection of individuals, intense Special Forces training, and constant preparation and rehearsals are the causes of superior results on the battlefield - not beards.  Read more in "Pentagon Study Finds Beards Directly Related to Combat Effectiveness", The Duffel Blog, April 9, 2012.