Category Afghanistan

American Drone Operators Are Quitting in Record Numbers

American Drone Operators Are Quitting in Record Numbers Excerpt: “Everyone else thinks that the whole program or the people behind it are a joke, that we are video-game warriors, that we’re Nintendo warriors,” Brandon Bryant, a former drone camera operator who worked at Nellis Air Force Base, told Democracy Now. Certainly, there is nothing second-class […]

Army Secretary Defends Stripping Special Forces Officer Of Awards

Excerpts: “Every step in the process of investigating Major Golsteyn’s actions, and reviewing and subsequently revoking his valor awards has been thorough, objective and justified,” McHugh wrote in the Feb. 26 letter, obtained by The Washington Post.”The Army’s investigation demonstrated that Major Golsteyn’s service during or at the time of the distinguished act, achievement or […]

Role Reversal: U.S. Special Operations Forces After the Long War

Excerpt: Although the jihadist threat is far from over, special operations forces have also begun looking toward the type of future enemies they might be ordered to fight. In a September 2014 white paper, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) argued that SOF must now master what it called “counter-unconventional warfare.” This idea grew […]

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: The Arab Revolutions

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: The Arab Revolutions BY THOMAS JOSCELYN | March 3rd, 2015 | tjoscelyn@gmail.com | @thomasjoscelyn http://www.longwarjournal.org/ archives/2015/03/osama-bin- ladens-files-the-arab- revolutions.php Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 11.46.02 AM As the so-called “Arab Spring” swept through the Muslim-majority world in 2011, some US officials and counterterrorism analysts proclaimed that al Qaeda had been left “on the […]

Pentagon Embarks On An Effort To Find Where/How The U.S. Military Is Losing Their Technological Advantage; Future Of War: Small, Many, Disposable, Smart, Exquisite

Pentagon Embarks On An Effort To Find Where/How The U.S. Military Is Losing Their Technological Advantage; Future Of War: Small, Many, Disposable, Smart, Exquisite http://www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com http://www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com Paul McLeary, writing in the February 28, 2015 edition of Defense News, writes that “the Pentagon’s top military leadership has been given theri marching orders — to move out […]

UH…Never Mind: Pentagon Scrubs Major Mosul Offensive Against Islamic State

What a disaster this White House and National Security team are. The incompetence is breathtaking. After the Syrian Red Line that wasn’t, you would have thought they had learned something. Apparently not. Why should Putin, the leaders of Iran, China, North Korea, and our allies such as Israel, Japan, South Korea, etc. believe anything that […]

BREAKING NEWS: Newly Released Documents Reveal Osama bin Laden’s/al Qaeda’s Secret Ties With Iran

BREAKING NEWS: Newly Released Documents Reveal Osama bin Laden’s/al Qaeda’s Secret Ties With Iran http://www.fortunascorner.wordpress.com Thomas Joscelyn, writing on The Weekly Standard’s website this evening, (February 27, 2015), reveals that as a result of a federal trial ongoing in New York, the U.S. Justice Department “introduced eight documents recovered in the raid on Osama bin […]