09 November 2009

Col. TX Hammes does campaign design in Afghanistan

Col. TX Hammes was one of the first to question the overall strategy in Afghanistan, noting in the fall of 2008 that, with al Qaeda's relocation into Pakistan, the war in Afghanistan seemed to be somewhat irrelevant.

Within the past week, Col. Hammes has released a new article in the US Naval Institute's Proceedings magazine, in which he challenges many of the assumptions about Afghanistan, offering new suggestions and direction.

This is what we need--we need a campaign design that works from the strategic level down, instead of starting with COIN and working our way back up to the strategic level. (COIN may play a role, for certain, but not the only role in Afghanistan)

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