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Profession of Arms Study Trust Review

Author: COL Charles D Allen Since trust is the coin of the realm for an Army in a democratic society, it is important that as the Profession of Arms study proceeds that it includes a broad exploration of just what exactly the Army as profession means by the concept of trust. Download PDF

Lessons Learned – 13 Months as the Senior Military Advisor to the Minister of Interior

Author: COL Kevin J Palgutt In recounting his experiences as a senior advisor to the Afghan Minister of Interior, COL Palgutt indicates that it is a shame that many senior advisors will go on to new duty assignments that will have nothing to do with the experiences that were learned during their 12+ months of …

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China’s Role in the Stabilization of Afghanistan

Author: Col Greg Kleponis China’s recent 3.5 billion dollar contract bid for the Aynak Copper Field in Afghanistan is the single largest foreign investment in Afghanistan to date. Critics contend that China is getting a free-ride on the coat tails of U.S.-coalition stabilization efforts. However, the author argues that any economic stimulus, especially of this …

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Put Warning Bells on World Finance

Author: Dr Leif Rosenberger In this Op-Ed style document, Dr. Leif Rosenberger recommends the creation of an international financial Early Warning System (EWS), similar to the template employed by the economic advisors at the U.S. Pacific Command in 2007, that can alert policymakers to pending financial crises. Download PDF

Counternarcotics Operations in Afghanistan: The COIN of the Realm

Author: COL Louis H Jordan Jr In this Op-Ed style document, COL Louis Jordan discusses the narcotics industry in Afghanistan—calling it what it is—a commercial enterprise, which is exceedingly important because it provides strength to the insurgency while at the same time keeping the Afghan government weak by fueling instability and corruption. Consequently, COL Jordan …

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