13 Sep 2021

Intelligence, Afghanistan, and Hedging Bets

I am a member of OODA Loop. The few discussions that I have been able to listen to thus far were extremely informative, especially the most recent one on Afghanistan and intelligence issues.  It prompted a few comments on intelligence collection and hedging bets amongst regional and great power players in Afghanistan. 

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10 Sep 2021

A CIA Officer and Delta Force Operator Share Perspectives on 9/11

We started the OODAcast as a way of highlighting insights and lessons learned from leaders and decision-makers in the OODA Network including former intelligence community leaders and operators. Themes emerge throughout these interviews on topics such as how clearly the intelligence community warned of the pending attacks, the early preparedness of a response by the intelligence community, the role the agency played in the success of the early stages of the campaign in Afghanistan, leadership in a crisis, empowering your team and finding the right people to execute on a plan, clear decision-making while operating in a low information environment, situational awareness and the qualities and best practices of a true leader.  In this article we draw on perspectives from former CIA Officer and Congressman Will Hurd and former CIA and Delta Force operator Gary Harrington.

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26 Aug 2021

CIA, U.S. Troops Conduct Missions Outside Kabul Airport to Extract Americans, Afghan Allies

According to new reports, the Central Intelligence Agency and the US military are conducting extraction operations to evacuate Americans outside of the Kabul airport with just days remaining before the August 31 operation deadline. US forces are using ground troops and helicopters to conduct the missions. The clandestine operations to

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23 Aug 2021

Fire Fight Erupts at Kabul Airport as Security Situation Worsens in Afghanistan

Gunfire broke out early this morning at Kabul’s airport, resulting in the death of at least one Afghan soldier. The security situation in Afghanistan has been deteriorating over the past week as Western forces attempt to conduct rescue missions to evacuate those who wish to leave. The evacuation operation has

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18 Aug 2021

Taliban Block Routes to Kabul Airport, Hampering Evacuations From Afghanistan

Afghans and Westerners are stranded in Kabul after the Taliban took over the capital city on Sunday. The insurgents set up checkpoints on most roads leading to the city’s US-controlled airport, hindering evacuation flights. There is currently no clear system to bring people into the airport and entry remains extremely

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17 Aug 2021

Chinese and Russian militaries link up, but analysts say both sides have differing objectives

Last Friday, Russia and China celebrated the end of a week of military exercises with jets and cannons, offering a live-fire finale to the event. The exercises were touted by both countries as a new peak in bilateral military operations. The exercises were also the first of their kind to

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16 Aug 2021

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani flees the country as Taliban forces enter the capital

Afghan President Ashraf Gani fled the country on Sunday amid a mounting crisis due to the Taliban’s military gains over the past several weeks. Taliban fighters infiltrated Afghanistan’s Presidential Palace just hours after Mr. Ghani fled the country, with some insurgents sharing photos of the palace’s interior via Telegram. The

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16 Aug 2021

Islamic State Propaganda Networks are Thriving says Europol

Europol has warned that although official propaganda from the Islamic State has reportedly declined since 2020 due to disruptions from Western coalition forces, informal supporter networks are alive and well. The law enforcement agency detailed the key trends of last year, noting the persistence of terrorist content across multiple online

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13 Aug 2021

Taliban take 10th provincial capital as Ghazni falls

The Taliban has taken over Ghazni, marking the tenth provincial capital to fall to the militant group in just a week. Security forces and the governor of Afghan allegedly fled the city, leading to the governor’s arrest by Afghan security forces. Ghazni is located on the major Kabul-Kandahar roadway, meaning

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09 Aug 2021

In Fallen Afghan City, Fires, Airstrikes and Victorious Taliban Taking Selfies

In the city of Kunduz, Afghanistan, residents watched the Taliban fight government forces and edge closer and closer to the city’s center. On Sunday morning of last week, Taliban fighters were able to close in on key government buildings and take over the city. According to residents, Taliban fighters acted

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