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The U.S. military resets the Intel operation in Aftghanistan……

In a report published this week, Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn, the top U.S. military intelligence officer in Afghanistan, said U.S. military and civilian analysts have focused too much on Afghanistan’s insurgent groups and will be redeployed to devote more attention to its complex tribal, cultural and economic dynamics……

The move comes after a quick review of the CIA walk bombing……

While the CIA team in that situation was concentrating on its mission….The collection material may not be what they military needs to do its job…….

“Eight years into the war in Afghanistan, the U.S. intelligence community is only marginally relevant to the overall strategy,” Gen. Flynn wrote. “History is replete with examples of powerful militaries that lost wars to much weaker opponents because they were inattentive to nuances in their environment.”

The General received this assessment from a report published by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a centrist Washington think tank.

It is unusual for a senior commander to release such an assessment in a nongovernmental venue, and a defense official said that the Pentagon was surprised and disappointed by the report’s publication by the think tank. The report’s authors wrote that they wanted to “broaden its reach” inside and outside the military by publishing it through CNAS.

In the end the changes are to address the ‘God’s Eye’ view vs the local view….

Gen. Flynn has the power to carry out the changes outlined in the report. He and his co-authors said they would overhaul intelligence gathering and analysis by creating teams of analysts who will focus on individual regions of the country, rather than on single issues such as narcotics. Gen. Flynn likened the analysts to journalists, and said they’d be directed to visit individual units throughout their regions to collect localized information.

I give the general kudos’ for going public and making adjustments to deal with the real world changes…something most politicians don’t do…….Bravo!

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January 6, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Army’s Intelligence boss in Afghanistan……Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn…..

Theater Boss in Afghanistan…..Gen. Stanley McChrystal relies on Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn to find out what the bad guys are doing and to get that information to the commanders in the AFPAK region as fast as the Army and NATO can…..in order to do so..he has had to think outside the box…and get others to do so…also……

The Major General, who is close with Gen.’ McChrystal is driven to rework the system to get results….even if he has push to do so….in this piece one sees that the job can be rewarding but very difficult requiring, knowledge, drive, profanity and the ability to sell your ideas to others……

Of course, Flynn has the support of his boss and the mindset that he will try to do whatever he can, however he can to get his job done….this something of an alien concept to soldiers who have moved up the command ladder by following the rules and playing it safe…ah, ‘risk averse’ people…

He seems to have grasped the idea that his enemy has NO rules..only the need and want to win…..

November 25, 2009 Posted by | Men, Military | , , , | Leave a comment

The Army's Intelligence boss in Afghanistan……Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn…..

Theater Boss in Afghanistan…..Gen. Stanley McChrystal relies on Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn to find out what the bad guys are doing and to get that information to the commanders in the AFPAK region as fast as the Army and NATO can…..in order to do so..he has had to think outside the box…and get others to do so…also……

The Major General, who is close with Gen.’ McChrystal is driven to rework the system to get results….even if he has push to do so….in this piece one sees that the job can be rewarding but very difficult requiring, knowledge, drive, profanity and the ability to sell your ideas to others……

Of course, Flynn has the support of his boss and the mindset that he will try to do whatever he can, however he can to get his job done….this something of an alien concept to soldiers who have moved up the command ladder by following the rules and playing it safe…ah, ‘risk averse’ people…

He seems to have grasped the idea that his enemy has NO rules..only the need and want to win…..

November 25, 2009 Posted by | Men, Military | , , , | Leave a comment