Friday, July 31, 2009

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 31, 2009

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Investigating the Battle of Wanat, Afghanistan -- The Captain's Journal

The Battle of Wanat has been in the news lately. Tom Ricks has posted an analysis of the battle from his reading of a thus far unreleased document - a study by an Army Historian at the Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth named Douglas R. Cubbison. There is an interesting comment thread at the Small Wars Journal blog on this topic. Ricks finds that the result of the battle - 36 casualties, 9 dead and 27 wounded - resulted in large degree from a failure to implement the principles of counterinsurgency.

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Afghan Fight Needs COIN Plus: Cordesman -- DoD Buzz

Sale of F-16s to Iraq raises issues -- UPI

Vehicles Return from Iraq for Redeployment to Afghanistan -- Defense Talk

VH-71 Conundrum -- Defense Tech

Russia to lay down one multipurpose submarine a year from 2011 -- RIA Novosti

Wireless Gun Gagdet May Let Commandos Shoot Around Corners -- The Danger Room

Obama’s Army pick gets grilled by McCain -- The Hill

New process to drastically change programmed aircraft maintenance -- Air Force material Command

Peacekeeping: Coping With Crippling Corruption -- Strategy Page

Why Not the Killer Drones? -- New Wars

OpEd: In the Meantime, on the Great Exchequer… -- Defense Professionals

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