Tagged: Afghanistan

PSYOP jobs available

The US military continues to require new civilian expertise in the PSYOP/MISO area. For those of you who may be interested in career opportunities, be sure to have your resume and other related data posted on LinkedIn.com, and to join the PSYOP group, which requires permission. You have to sign into LinkedIn first. To find the PSYOP group, click on...

Nice post on public diplomacy in Afghanistan

Just discovered through Facebook a magnificent blog called Public Diplomacy in Afghanistan. It’s run by Mahtab Farid, a US State Department public diplomacy officer in Kabul. Mahtab is a hugely capable diplomat and communicator, and it’s really gratifying to see how the State Department public diplomacy shop is allowing its officers to make more use of unofficial online media. “Public...

Not getting it in time for Kandahar

It began as a brilliantly executed operation near the Taliban’s main stronghold: the Marine-led campaign to take Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, earlier this year. Now we’re finding that the operation is bogging down and that the Afghan people aren’t helping us as we had anticipated. Somewhere along the way, the Marines apparently diverged from the playbook. They engaged the population...

Dr Waller helps 101st Airborne prepare for Afghanistan deployment

ARTICLES IWP news release / Publication Date: April 12, 2010 IWP Professor J Michael Waller spent a week with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, teaching a module on strategic communications under combat conditions to help prepare troops for deployment to Afghanistan. The 4th BCT of the 101st is the last major unit scheduled to deploy...

Empowering Afghan locals is the key to winning

If we learned anything from the war in Iraq, it’s that big-government solutions will fail when imposed on a tribal society with century-old local power structures that we have usurped. Afghanistan is very different from Iraq, but the turnaround in the latter country came only when the US military sought to restore power to traditional local leaders. Those leaders rapidly...

US retreat from PSYOP helps Taliban gain ‘psychological ground’

At a time when the US military has inexplicably moved away from psychological operations, the Taliban in Afghanistan has been gaining “psychological ground.” “There are periods when an enemy does well and seems better trained and fights harder,” a senior defense official tells Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post. “The number one indicator we have out there now is that...

A swell way to declare an Afghan victor

Here’s a terrific way for the United States to settle the Afghan presidential election controversy: Have the Voice of America broadcast an “exclusive interview” with the CIA director who says the US-favored candidate will win and that a vote recount won’t matter. Not! Yet that’s just what the VOA and CIA Director Leon Panetta have done. Here’s what the VOA...

Partnership against heroin: Contractors help US combat narcotraffickers in Afghanistan

by J Michael Waller, Serviam, March-April 2008 Download PDF: Contractors_Afgh_Serviam Kabul, Afghanistan—“I used to wear a burqa. I will never wear one again. Except to fight drug traffickers.” That’s what a female police officer of Afghanistan’s Narcotics Interdiction Unit (NIU) says with a shy smile. The bad guys can’t recognize a heavily armed cop under the face-to-foot covering that all women...