Monday, May 4, 2009

US Army Centre for Military History

Centre for Security Policy

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

American investors attempt to spur Iraq’s private sector

Business in Iraq

It's the economy, stupid
Apr 16th 2009
From The Economist print edition

American investors attempt to spur Iraq’s private sector


Out with the tanks, in with the tomatoesIN 2005 on a dusty road in Tuz, Iraq, an American solder was killed by a roadside bomb. His fellow soldiers soon discovered that the assassin was no hardened terrorist, but an unemployed father of six who had been paid $200 to plant the explosive. Such situations are not uncommon in Iraq, where high unemployment spawned many “economic insurgents”—often unideological Iraqis in need of cash, who became easy recruits. It was, in part, in response to examples like this that a trio of former military officers created the Marshall Fund, a private-equity fund making only non-oil investments in smallish firms in Iraq. “Without thriving businesses and the jobs they create, Iraq will never be stable,” says Dan Rice, who founded the fund along with Wayne Culbreth and Andrew Eberhart. Late last year it closed on its first investment, a tomato-processing plant in the northern region of Harir.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Armed social workers

Last month, the humanitarian news agency IRIN reported that thousands of people living in refugee camps in southern Somalia have run out of food since UN food aid deliveries ceased due to rising insecurity. In addition to certain UN operations, numerous groups providing critical aid in the East African nation have been forced to suspend activities as humanitarian workers have increasingly come under attack over the last year.

I propose that this is a situation that would benefit from a military - or paramilitary - solution.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

US Army War College

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Who Gets a State, and Why?

Leadership and Conflict Resolution

Violent Entrepreneurs,M1

Canadian Military Review

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Foreign Exchange

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Why Poor Countries Are Poor


Friday, March 27, 2009

Luttwak on Poverty & Foreign Aid in Africa

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Key to COIN

Be polite;
be professional;
be prepared to kill.

- LtCol Nagl

Centre for a New American Security

Monday, March 2, 2009

Col Iron & the Charge of the Knights an unusual officer. He joined the army in 1975 and graduated from staff college near the top of his year. Two episodes in his career were decisive to his conduct in Basra. As a young captain in the 1980s, he served for two years in Oman. He describes this as the “key experience” since he learned how to speak Arabic and to “respect Arabic culture and the Arab way.” Then in the early years of this decade he was sent to Sierra Leone as an expert military witness for the country’s special court. He spent months in the jungle with the Revolutionary United Front and other ex-guerrillas, learning how insurgency movements think and operate.

Slightly flawed story - why was Col. Iron, fascinating as he is, pivotal to the success of Operation Charge of the Knights? But a very interesting article nonetheless.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Financial Crisis

THE global financial crisis is the biggest threat to Kevin Rudd's grand ambition for the new defence white paper, due in late April.

The white paper is in its final drafting stage and is due to go before cabinet's national security committee next month for an endorsement by the Prime Minister and senior ministers.

While Mr Rudd is sticking to his election pledge to lift defence spending by 3 per cent a year in real terms to 2019, the rapidly deteriorating global economy could force the Government to pull back on firm commitments to future multi-billion-dollar defence purchases including warships, submarines and fighter aircraft.,25197,25070989-31477,00.html

Friday, February 13, 2009

Whole of Community Conflict Prevention

Whole of Community Conflict Prevention by 3D Security

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Visa Ad I'd Like to See

Monday, January 12, 2009

People of 2008 Finalist: José María Prazeres Pós-de-Mina

WASHINGTON, Nov 24 (OneWorld) - The mayor of one of Portugal's smallest and poorest municipalities has launched one of the largest green business initiatives in the world, and now he's spearheading an eight-country project to create communities run entirely on renewable energy.

Small Wars Journal

Does Force Composition Matter?

The preliminary findings of this policy brief therefore suggest that:

• Increased numbers of peacekeepers from fewer contributing countries
are more effective than fewer peacekeepers from a larger
number of contributing countries.

• The forces in these five cases that consisted of cross-regional
peacekeepers were more effective than those comprised of
peacekeepers from one region.

• The stability of a force seems to be a critical factor. The longer a
peacekeeping force is deployed, the more time it has to establish
itself as an actor in the conflict.

Counterinsurgency Field Manual: Afghanistan Edition


1-3. Although all development is critical in this impoverished country, roads are the single most important path to success in Afghanistan. In Ghazni province last summer, one of us spoke with an Afghan road builder whose shirt was covered in dried blood. He’d been shot by the Taliban a day earlier for working with the coalition, but he was back the next morning with his paving crew because he thought that finishing that road was the best way to bolster security in his village. Indeed, the U.S. general who was critical of U.S. counterinsurgency efforts in Afghanistan pointed at Afghanistan’s ring road from the window of his Black Hawk helicopter, and declared, “Where the road ends, the Taliban begins.”


Sunday, January 4, 2009

Lt Col Dave Grossman