Sunday, July 19, 2015

Advising in Afghanistan

Ian Bertram, of the U.S. Air Force and a Mi-17 air advisor in Afghanistan in 2012, suggests that advisors in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere would benefit from reading a series of books published long ago. He contends that the introduction of western values and methods are not always as useful as the use of traditional values and methods found in the host nation. Read "Ancient Backbone: Using Ancient Texts to Train Modern Allies", Small Wars Journal, July 15, 2015.

Lessons for Advisors . . . from Vietnam. Peter Murphy has penned an article entitled "Why Military Advising Was So Successful in Vietnam . . . "Small Wars Journal, June 28, 2015.

Paper on Advising. Professor Raymond A. Millen of the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), Carlisle Barracks, PA, has penned an informative paper about ministerial level advising. Millen served three tours in Afghanistan; his last as an advisor at the strategic plans level at the Ministry of Defense. His paper, 76 pages long, was published June 3, 2015 by the United States Army War College Press.
Professionalizing Ministerial Advising

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