Return of the COIN-istas (the zombies of military theory)

Summary: John Quiggin writes about zombie economics, theories false but too politically useful to die. COIN is an example of zombie military theory. In the 60 years since Mao brought 4GW to maturity, foreign armies of every type have employed it against local insurgents, with an almost uniform record of failure. America's COIN-istas -- brilliant, … Continue reading Return of the COIN-istas (the zombies of military theory)

“Striking a Balance: A New American Security”

"Striking a Balance: A New American Security" was a conference held by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) on 11 June 2009.  You can see the transcripts and related reports here.   If opera is money set to music, then events like this are the equivalent for political power. Speakers The Honorable Dr. Richard Danzig (Secretary of the Navy 1998-2001) … Continue reading “Striking a Balance: A New American Security”

Did exposure to “burn pits” in Iraq and Afghanistan harm our troops?

Burn Pit

Excerpt from "Lung disease of soldier linked to burn pits" in the Military Times, 30 June 2009: Even as military health officials continue to say there are “no known long-term health effects” caused by open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, a team of Army doctors says a soldier’s cystic lung disease is “related to … Continue reading Did exposure to “burn pits” in Iraq and Afghanistan harm our troops?