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The United States Military and coalition forces have battled an insurgent force in Iraq and Afghanistan since the beginning of combat operations in both theatres. The insurgency has forced an operational dichotomy in how forces go about their combat operations. Forces...
Lieutenant Colonel Bruno Vanasse, Deputy Directory Psyops, Canadian Forces, discusses how we can rethink information activities in Afghanistan. The classical counterinsurgency tenets include addressing the root causes of insurgency, such as a vulnerable population...
Faced with ongoing NATO air attacks, the Gaddafi regime has increasingly been using tactics more commonly associated with insurgency groups and rebellions rather than developed states. NATO precision strikes offer the capability to prevent an effective pro-Gaddafi ins...
Geospatial systems hold many benefits for both the civilian and military communities, providing detailed, mission critical information for use in military operations and infrastructure development. The progression of asymmetric warfare in the Afghan theatre has produ...
As Britain and America have discovered in recent years, countering an insurgency is one of the toughest challenges a military can face. Even the best trained forces in the world, assisted by the world’s most advanced intelligence support, struggle. We should not expec...
Image: Georg MaderEgypt is in talks with the US for the purchase of up to 12 IOMAX Archangel counterinsurgency aircraft
General David Petraeus has provided NATO ISAF troops with his overview of how he expects counterinsurgency (COIN) efforts to play out in the face of ongoing challenges in Afghanistan. The commander of the U.S. forces in the region has deemed to make fast progres...
The conflict in Northeast Nigeria is now often mentioned in the same breath as Syria and Iraq. The fighting there has been bitter, and Boko Haram have proven tough foes. It is therefore gratifying that the Nigerian military has made many of the right reforms in recent...
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. today announced the appointment of retired four-star General and former Director of the CIA David Petraeus as Chairman of the newly created KKR Global Institute.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was in Boston on advanced consulting training at the corporate headquarters of the business consulting firm I was working for at the time. That day the training was cancelled and we were sent to our hotels rooms. I remember bein...
Widely reported last month was the news that Prince Harry has qualified as an Apache Aircraft Commander and Co-Pilot Gunner, with his duties to continue at Wattisham Flying Station. Arguably, it is the close air support of attack helicopters that has made the most s...
The United Kingdom has become one of the most adaptable fighting forces today. Key lessons learned in counterinsurgency operations in the Malayan peninsula and Ireland have given senior leaders the ability to adapt, change and overcome a given threat. This has also be...
By Col Russell J. Smith, USAF, Retired.
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