“I told those dedicated workers for peace and reconciliation that they should not be tempted to give up on their crucial work because of the frustrations of seemingly not making any significant progress, that in our experience nothing was wasted, for when the time was right it would all come together and, looking back, people… Read More Assessing Afghan Conflict Resolution
By Jason Criss Howk 17 February 2019 These reviews serve a simple purpose: to tell you what is in the book and why you might want to read it. All books selected for review are recommended reading…I’m not reviewing books just because they are new, but instead because they are valuable. By-Line: Ernest Hemingway (Selected… Read More #shortBookReviews By-Line: Ernest Hemingway (Articles and Dispatches 1920-56), Ed. White
By Jason Criss Howk 16 February 2019 Dispatches from Pinehurst now offers #shortBookReviews for you. These reviews will be concise and hopefully useful…no author critiquing, no opining on the shortcomings of the book, no literature reviews of similar books on the topic. These reviews serve a simple purpose: to tell you what is in the… Read More #shortBookReviews The Hawk and The Dove, Thompson
By Jason Criss Howk 10 February 2019 Note: primary sources for this assessment of the ANDSF are the Dec 2018 DOD report Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan, recent SIGAR reports, and discussions and surveys with members of the ANDSF. Before giving this briefing at the CENTCOM Afghanistan Conflict Analysis Conference, I was able to… Read More Assessing the ANDSF: The Intangibles
7 February 2019 By Jason Criss Howk You have to read Afghan press to get the truth these days… I trust the insights of Generals Votel and Miller on Afghanistan war progress. They are two of the best officers our nation has ever produced and I have worked beside most of the generals you have… Read More Finish Afghanistan Wisely
The 2019 strategy is out now
Jason Criss Howk 12 Jan 2019 As we prepare for the next season of Game of Thrones we are reviewing the 7th season. Spoilers ahead… As we watched the story unfold we were struck by the similarities of warfare, policy making, and intelligence operations to today. This season centers partly around a young advisor/scholar/scientist from… Read More Can Your Intel Team Find the Dragon Glass?