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THE FATAL FLAW IN U.S. AFGHANISTAN POLICY LAWRENCE SELLIN Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve 5:56 AM 07/09/2018 The U.S. Department of Defense Department just submitted to Congress its semiannual, June 2018  report  titled “Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan.” The take-home message, like every such report for at least the last 10 years, remained the reassuring “progress is being made.” It is the contemporary equivalent to the Vietnam War assertion that there was “light at the end of the tunnel.” Although the strategic conditions in the region have changed dramatically, the mission is the same: “Our purpose in Afghanistan remains to prevent Afghanistan from again becoming a safe-haven from which terrorist groups can plan and execute attacks on the United States, or our allies and citizens abroad…To accomplish this, we continue to support Afghanistan and train, advise and assist its military and police forces.” The strategy being impl

Evaluating Integrated Defense Systems: How to Proactively Defend the Final Frontier

The Strategy Bridge Strategy Bridge     July 3, 2018 Frank Bednar, Jim Davitch, and Cara Treadwell Militarily, the Italo-Turkish war of 1911-1912 stands out in aviation history for several reasons. To the Italian’s credit, they were the first to fly combat missions at night, as well as the  first to employ aircraft-delivered ordnance . An Italian airman named Giulio Gavotti executed both of those feats, the latter accomplished by hurling grenades from a satchel on-board with him. Unfortunately for the nascent Italian Air Force, the conflict also represented the first time an aircraft was  brought down by surface-to-air fire . Though primitive and uncoordinated in comparison to today’s integrated defenses, the Ottoman ability to deny Italy exclusive air supremacy exposed a truth: control of domains above the earth’s surface would be contested in the future. In 2007, China successfully tested an  anti-satellite weapon  against one of their own weather satellites. This demonstrated