September 2012 Archive

Mullah von Clausewitz

First, read Marine Captain Jonathan Rue’s recent piece for the Guardian looking at how we’re doing in Afghanistan. It’s tough to argue with his conclusions, especially with regards to the advisory effort. Developing effective Afghan security is, for all intents and purposes, developing an...

The Real Loss in Afghanistan

The following is a repost from the USNI Blog . Founded in 1873, the U. S. Naval Institute is a non-profit, professional military association of more than 50,000 members. An independent, nonpartisan forum on global security issues, it creates books, magazines, blogs and conferences – and maintains...

Increasing the Stress Levels: A Complex Attack

GySgt Marco Angviano on patrol in Sarob. By Andrew Lubin for Leatherneck Magazine Range 220; Sarob District —The 19 Marines of Team One accompanied two platoons of notional Afghan National Army soldiers on a patrol into Sarob, Sept. 12. Led by Capt Jose Castillo, Sarob was believed to be a...

The Advisor Training Group “Mission Rehearsal Exercise”

Capt Alex Luedtke (right) and a contractor observing during a notional 'attack.' By Andrew Lubin for Leatherneck Magazine Range 220, MCAGCC Twentynine Palms —It’s been “Clear-Hold-Build” throughout the length of the Helmand River Valley since 2009, but its “Transition,” or how successful the...