General Nicholson on Using the Ospreys in Afghanistan: “We have done tactical inserts”

03/08/2010
Abstract from an interview conducted with Brigadier General Lawrence D. Nicholson, Commanding General, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Afghanistan, on Thursday March 4th, 2010 (Source: DOD News Briefing with Brig. Gen. Nicholson from Afghanistan Thu, 04 Mar 2010 18:50:00 -0600) [caption id="attachment_5566" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Brigadier General Lawrence D. Nicholson"][/caption] Question: General,…

The War in Afghanistan: A View from Berlin

02/28/2010
[caption id="attachment_5378" align="aligncenter" width="250" caption="The Reichtag"][/caption] In the often-parochial policy debates inside the Beltway, it is often forgotten that US actions more than words have significance for its allies.  Decisions by the Administration and Congress about key weapons programs –F-35, tanker, C-17 PBLs, etc – have decisive significance for allies…

Lieutenant-Colonel Bianca: A Situation Report on the Osprey in Afghanistan

02/21/2010
On February 9th, 2010, "Second Line of Defense"' followed up its earlier interview with the Osprey squadron just before its deployment to Afghanistan last November with a new one, this time directly from Afghanistan, with Lieutenant-Colonel Bianca, the Osprey Squadron Commander. Accompanying this interview is a slideshow of Osprey operations…

Responding to a Demanding Afghan Environment

02/12/2010
The Afghan theater of operation is a demanding one. Wide ranges of temperatures, high mountains, wind, deserts, and dispersed population. On the map, the country resembles an irregularly shaped leaf hanging from the Wakhan Corridor at its stem. It encompasses approximately 637,397 square kilometers and is completely landlocked… The nearest…

Lessons Learned: The USMC Approach to Close Air Support in Fallujah (Part Two)

02/07/2010
CAS: A CORE CONTRIBUTOR TO SUCCESSFUL INTEGRATED OPERATIONS IN FALLUJAH (Reprinted courtesy of the Marine Corps Gazette. Copyright retained by the Marine Corps Gazette) By Maj Fred H. Allison, USMCR (Ret) Maj Allison is a former Marine F–4 radar intercept officer. He earned his doctorate in history from Texas Tech…

Lessons Learned: The USMC Approach to Close Air Support in Fallujah (Part One)

01/31/2010
CAS: A CORE CONTRIBUTOR TO SUCCESSFUL INTEGRATED OPERATIONS IN FALLUJAH (Reprinted courtesy of the Marine Corps Gazette. Copyright retained by the Marine Corps Gazette) By Maj Fred H. Allison, USMCR (Ret) Maj Allison is a former Marine F–4 radar intercept officer. He earned his doctorate in history from Texas Tech…