October 11, 2013  

Competing COINs | Abandoning AUMF? | Reviewing Kilcullen

John Amble discerns two oft-competing strands of COIN in U.S. counter-terrorism efforts, and says one is much more effective than the other. (War On The Rocks)

Obama’s ASD SOLIC nominee says the U.S. military should abandon operations that are permitted by the AUMF but not Title 10. (The Hill) This just in: Defense News’ take on the hearing.

Frank Hoffman reviews David Kilcullen’s “Out of the Mountains,” places it in context, and calls it “an engaging, well-structured book. It is part Thomas Friedman, part Tom Barnett, with a strong dose of Robert Kaplan all rolled into one tightly researched package.” (Small Wars Journal)

Warlord’s Quote of the Day

“Tell the king that after the battle my head is at his disposal, but until then he will have to allow me to use it as I see fit.” — Friedrich Wilhelm Freiherr von Seydlitz

Contributed by Lt. Col. (ret.) Rob Greenway, who has served as Senior Intelligence Advisor to Commander International Security Assistance Forces, Kabul. From a list compiled by the Warlord Loop, a private email forum for national security experts.

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