As AM and Charlie both travel over the weekend, here are a few articles to keep you busy:
- Secretary Gates continues his push for "soft power." Can he be dual-hatted at both State and Defense? He might be the only member of this cabinet who ever believed State was useful.
- Sean McFate describes the unique nature of the new Africa Command (AFRICOM). If CENTCOM was designed to be "joint" from the bottom-up, AFRICOM is intended to be "interagency" in the same way. (Sean has extensive experience training and working with African armies; his take is worth listening to.)
- COL Michael Coss details the successes of CJTF-76 in Afghanistan in 2006. Charlie hasn't had a chance to read through this yet, but she'd love to hear from any readers with direct experience.