March 25, 2009 — March 25, 2009 - CNAS Senior Fellow David Kilcullen talks to NPR about the Obama administration's review of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. "We need to get into the business of making people feel safe and making them feel willing to participate in a political process that doesn't involve violence," Kilcullen says.
March 25, 2009 — BAGHDAD — In Maj. Thomas Jarrett's stress management class surrounded by concrete blast walls, American troops are urged not to accept post-traumatic stress disorder as an inevitable consequence of war.
March 24, 2009 — March 26, 2009 - KANDAHAR—Afghanistan is about to spike in the news this summer, as 17,000 more marines and soldiers arrive from the United States and pour into the southern Kandahar region. They will advance down roads and river valleys where American troops have never ventured in eight years of war here, and deliberately stir up a hornet’s nest of Taliban strongholds in Mullah Omar’s backyard. This incursion will lead to fighting and attendant casualties perhaps on a scale that Americans have not seen since the early days of the surge in Iraq.
March 24, 2009 — WASHINGTON, March 24, 2009 - The Army can mitigate the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder by training solders to be more mentally resilient before combat, an Army doctor said yesterday.
March 23, 2009 — WASHINGTON - The Army's process for determining a soldier's fitness for combat is so confusing that it increases the chance of sending ailing troops to war, an Army inspector general's report obtained by USA TODAY says.There are at least 15 "inadequate, unsynchronized or conflicting" policies governing fitness, which "increases the likelihood that soldiers who do not meet medical deployability requirements may be deployed in violation of one or more policies," the report concludes.
March 23, 2009 — March 23, 2009 - Frank Hoffman, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Marines, discusses the role CNAS plays in the Washington think tank community. "CNAS, where I am currently doing some minor projects, is a great addition to the Washington scene, and as you suggest, it has made a substantial impact on key hard power issues," he says.
March 22, 2009 — March 22, 2009 - The Washington Post interviews CNAS Senior Fellow David Kilcullen about the lessons of Iraq for the war in Afghanistan, the importance of Osama bin Laden, and who should be labeled the father of the "surge."
March 20, 2009 — April 2009 - CNAS President John Nagl and Researcher Brian Burton write about irregular warfare in The Washington Quarterly, "Our capacity to win the wars we are not fighting far exceeds our ability to win the ones in which we are currently engaged."
March 20, 2009 — March 20, 2009 - CNAS Fellow Andrew Exum addresses an important question from NYT Editors: "Are there rules of engagement that can minimize civilian casualties?"
March 19, 2009 — March 19, 2009 - David Ignatius writes about CNAS Senior Fellow David Kilcullen's book "The Accidental Guerrilla" and Kilcullen's advice for stabilizing Afghanistan. "It would be the height of folly to commit to a large-scale escalation now," Kilcullen says.