COINistas point to Kenya as a COIN success. In fact it was an expensive bloody failure.

Summary:  The British empire, in the words of historian John Seeley, "was acquired in a fit of absence of mind". Unlike the lucrative British version, our mad unprofitable empire was acquired though years of careful work by like-minded people (as John Robb has said, open-source movements dominate our world), preparing the way with intensive bombardment … Continue reading COINistas point to Kenya as a COIN success. In fact it was an expensive bloody failure.

Max Boot: history suggests we will win in Afghanistan, with better than 50-50 odds. Here’s the real story.

Summary:  Advocates for the Af-Pak war often make dubious statements about the past, attempting to rekindle America's enthusiasm for a war in which we have no meaningful stake.  Today Max Boot provides another example. This is the first of series about the history of counterinsurgency.  The other chapters: (2)  A major discovery! It could change the … Continue reading Max Boot: history suggests we will win in Afghanistan, with better than 50-50 odds. Here’s the real story.

About our intelligence agencies: the struggle to find an accurate AND institutionally useful narrative

Today's reading is an excerpt from one of the best articles I've ever read on this subject:  "The Buddha as an Intelligence Analyst", David Chuter (Senior Research Associate, Center for Defense Studies, London), presented at the conference on New Frontiers of Intelligence Analysis: Shared Threats, Diverse Perspectives, New Communities” in Rome, 31 March - 2 April … Continue reading About our intelligence agencies: the struggle to find an accurate AND institutionally useful narrative