You can’t kill your way to success in a counter insurgency effort. You have to protect the people, get the civil military balance right, train the locals, and practice effective strategic communications.
Eighty-five percent cannot read when they enter the security forces of Afghanistan. Why? Because the Taliban withheld education during the period of time in which these men and women would have learned to read.
Wikipedia, every day, is tens of thousands of people inputting information, and every day millions of people withdrawing that information. It’s a perfect image for the fundamental point that no one of us is as smart as all of us thinking together.
In the 21st century, we can’t create security by building walls.
It’s probably worth noting that although I’m ethnically Greek, my grandfather was actually born in Turkey and came through Greece on his way to the United States.
Thinklogical’s systems play a key role in the delivery and visualization of mission critical data used every day by military and intelligence communities worldwide.
Some have called Afghanistan ‘the graveyard of empires,’ and it probably is the graveyard of empires.
I tend to gravitate toward reporters who cover all aspects of the story: from personal aspects to the big picture that answer the ‘so what’ of a story.
I am a huge consumer of social networks, and I utilize Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. I’m interested and am learning more about Tumblr and other visually dominant sites.
In any insurgency there will be people who are irreconcilable and who pose a clear and present threat to the U.S. and our allies.