Sunday, September 6, 2015

Afghan War News Snippets

SIGAR Inquiry on Camp Brown. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction recently conducted an inspection of a command and control facility at Camp Brown on Kandahar Airfield. Over $2.2 million was spent on a half-finished facility that was never used. Seems the expensive project was started by plagued with contractor failures and ultimately - due to retrograde of U.S. forces - no longer needed. A good example of money wasted it would seem. Read the SIGAR letter dated August 25, 2015.

U.S. Women in Combat. The Army is opening up Ranger School to women an a full-time basis. The announcement follows the graduation of two women in August from the physically demanding two-month long course. Other opportunities are also opening up - the Navy announced that SEAL training is now open to women. Read more in "More obstacles crumble for women in the military", The Washington Post, September 3, 2015.

'Good Listener, Neat Dresser' - Bio of the new Taliban Leader. The Taliban, in an effort to inform the world about its new leader, has published a 5,000-word biography aboutMullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansur. It was published on the Taliban's official website on August 31st. Read more in a news report by Radio Free Europe, September 1, 2015.

Donor Aid Should be Conditional on Women's Rights. Women's groups are calling on international donors to make future funding conditional on promotion of gender equality amid fears security will overshadow human rights issues. Read more in a news report in The Guardian, September 5, 2015.

General Breedlove Explains Difference b/t NATO and U.S. Mission. In a short video General Breedlove - the Commander of Supreme Allied Command Europe (SACEUR) - explains that U.S. combat actions in Afghanistan are not part of the NATO mission - which is "Train, Advise, and Assist". (DVIDS, Sep 3, 2015).

Paper on IO. Arturo Munoz and Erin Dick have penned a paper entitled Information Operations: The Imperative of Doctrine Harmonization and Measures of Effectiveness, September 2015, RAND Corporation.

UK and Afghan Interpreters. The pressure is mounting on the UK government to take action over the Afghan interpreters. (, Sep 1, 2015).

Afghanistan's Music Institute and Women. "The Afghanistan National Institute of Music is providing girls an equal opportunity to learn and excel in their musical and academic studies. It is dedicated to promoting women's rights and ensuring gender equality in the music sector." Read more in "Girls find their Place in Afghanistan's Music Institute", The World Bank, September 2, 2015.

West Point: Pillow Fights and Dirty Tactics? Thirty cadets received injuries to include broken legs and concussions as a result of a traditional pillow fight the marks the end of the summer training session. It appears this years event got a little out of hand. Read more in "At West Point, Annual Pillow Fight Becomes Weaponized", The New York Times, September 4, 2015.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.