The SFTT news team has been reporting IED lethal effects, propensity/increase of attacks, lack of effective equipment/tactics, and the claims of denial by JIEDDO since early 2010. In fact, LTG Oates, Commander JIEDDO, predicted this past summer that by winter, IED attacks (and effects) would be marginal. What the cold hard facts tell us is that in 2010, the number of troops killed by ...Continue Reading →
Proposed 1.4% pay raise for military draws fire
Sergeant Ellis is spot on, it is “absolute garbage” that troops in 2011 will earn the lowest pay raise in almost 50 years. True, we are entering an era of austerity and deficit-reduction economic policies, but streamlining pay for the troops at historic lows, is another example of “taking care of the troops” lip-service. The House of Representative authorized increasing pay 1.9%, a meaningful effort above the average private-sector-wage growth level (i.e. recognizing ...Continue Reading →
Secretary Gates has approved a COIN skills list (COIN Qualification Standards) for troops in Afghanistan. It is rather extraordinary for top civilian officials to approve pre-deployment tactical and operational training tasks. Perhaps this is an effort for General Petreaus to dictate that a certain level of COIN proficiency is required prior to deployment. Sounds reasonable, right? But, why does this kind of guidance have to be rubber-stamped by Secretary Gates? Can’t the uniformed service ...Continue Reading →
While General Petreaus attempts to get Afghans to sign a social contract while operating in a state of nature, he continues to hammer the countryside with increasing air bombings and missile strikes. In October alone, his . We would strongly recommend you to consult your doctor before taking a medication.
NATO official: Afghan leader affirms NATO mission
Not sure how much arm-twisting went on to get Afghan President Karzai to change his mind, but yesterday NATO reported that he was actually on board with NATO’s military campaign and “reluctantly” in support of nighttime SOF raids. President Karzai nor his staff could be reached for comment, but if the old adage of “the first report is a false report” holds true, we can expect some additional clarifying statements over the next ...Continue Reading →
Senator Lindsey Graham believes that if night raids end then this would be a “disaster” for General Petreaus’ strategy – that in effect, he will fail. The raids, he said, were crucial to the military strategy. Now wait a minute, night raids run counter to COIN principles, so why all the drama? Pull out FM 23-4, the COIN bible Petreaus authored and waxes soothingly to elected officials and policymakers, and ...Continue Reading →
In the starkest terms to date, President Karzai said that the visibility and intensity of US/NATO operations must be reduced and that US SOF night raids end. “It’s not desirable for the Afghan people either to have 100,000 or more foreign troops going around the country endlessly,” he said. These were not off the cuff remarks, but instead provided to reporters in an hour-long sit-down interview (an exasperated General Petreaus ...Continue Reading →
Policy – A Firefight Exposes Afghan Weakness
(Wall Street Journal – Pay to View: Article Obtained via OSINT)
- An account of the six-hour siege on the U.S. agency on July 2, drawn from interviews with witnesses and survivors and an internal investigation by the aid agency, shows an Afghan force that appears ill-equipped to take over national security from their foreign counterparts.
- About 15 to 20 minutes after the attack began, the Afghan army and police occupied a ...
Policy — Taliban’s Elite, Aided by NATO, Join Talks for Afghan Peace
- Taliban Quetta and Peshawar Shura and Haqqani Network are participating in Afghan peace talks
- NATO/ISAF is providing transport and security to delegates from safe-havens to Kabul
- Delegates are senior members
Analysis: These talks have become a necessary component of an overall strategy to obtain a political solution because a viable military solution does not exist – we cannot “kill/capture” our way to victory in Afghanistan.
Policy — Petraeus rewrites the playbook in ...Continue Reading →
A young officer I once served with recently changed command and is now attending the Army’s Intermediate Level Education course for field grade officers; when he graduates he’ll report to a new unit and redeploy. His tedious ride from the east coast to Kansas coincided with the sacking of McChrystal. Remember him? After the storm broke and his pension was paid, follow up analysis of the “crisis” revealed that the majority of attributable quotes and “off-the-record” background was provided by ...Continue Reading →