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To Honor Our Vietnam Veterans, Help At-Risk Afghans Today

By David Maxwell

As we reflect on American military history on this Veterans Day we can draw a simple parallel between our attempts at peace with honor in both Vietnam and Afghanistan. The chaotic and tragic end to both wars has much in common. However, a major difference is that there was no “decent interval” between the declaration of the end of the war and the collapse of the military and government in Afghanistan. We are still seeing the effects play out in Afghanistan. What is most heartbreaking is that so many were left behind in both countries who suffered at the hands of despotic regimes. But what is heartening is that great efforts were and are being made by veterans to evacuate people in the hope of giving them a better life.

A major difference between Vietnam and Afghanistan is the treatment of veterans at the end of war. Vietnam veterans were treated in despicable ways by Americans from being spit on to being called baby killers. Since then a “thank you for your service culture” has arisen that has all but eliminated public displays of disdain and disrespect. On the other hand, what remains a common trait of veterans of both wars is their desire to help those left behind. Talk to both a Vietnam and Afghan veteran and they will tell you about their service with their allies and the relationships they built through their experiences fighting a common enemy and their desire to ensure the safety and well-being of those they fought with and fought for.

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Wed, 11/10/2021 – 7:11pm

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5/13/22 National Security and Korean News and Commentary

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National Security News Content:

1. RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MAY 12 (PUTIN’S WAR)
2. Flag Officer Announcements (New JSOC Commander)
3. US intelligence community launches review following Ukraine and Afghanistan intel failings
4. U.S. Embraces Finland’s Move Toward NATO Membership. What About Ukraine?
5. Marine Raiders tackle ‘influencing’ to disrupt adversaries before the fight
6. Here’s what US Army leaders are learning from the Russia-Ukraine war
7. The Russians Lost An Entire Battalion Trying To Cross A River In Eastern Ukraine
8. FDD | Biden Should Press WHO to Suspend Russia
9. F.B.I. Told Israel It Wanted Pegasus Hacking Tool for Investigations
10. Are the U.S. and Russia Destined for War over Ukraine?
11. Seven (Initial) Drone Warfare Lessons from Ukraine
12. No Marshall Plan for Ukraine
13. Lawmakers worry Army doesn’t have basing agreements for long-range fires
14. Why the West just can’t get enough of Zelensky
15. Challenge of maintaining US ‘arsenal of democracy’
16. Satellite images ‘suggest China is practising missile strikes on targets in Taiwan and Guam’
17. Afghanistan: Resistance Front claims killing of 22 Taliban members in Panjshir
18. The US may be using Ukraine as a blueprint for how Taiwan could stop a Chinese invasion
19. Will Ukraine Break The Back Of Beleaguered US Indo-Pacific Strategy? – Analysis
 

Korean News Content:

1. N. Korea reports 6 deaths after admitting COVID-19 outbreak
2. Analysis: COVID crisis could deepen N.Korea food shortages amid drought warnings
3. North Korea fires 3 ballistic missiles amid first virus outbreak
4. Yoon offers to send COVID-19 vaccines to N. Korea
5. N. Korea appears ready for nuclear test: presidential official
6. Top S. Korean, U.S. diplomats agree to continue consultations on N.K. humanitarian aid
7. U.S. supports efforts to contain COVID-19, vaccinate people in N. Korea: State Dept.
8. Explainer: How North Korea’s COVID-19 outbreak could ignite a major health crisis
9. Allies’ North Korea policy at crossroads amid COVID spread in Pyongyang
10. Biden considering Korea DMZ visit when traveling to Asia this month
11. Why Did N.Korea Finally Admit COVID Outbreak?
12. Reps. Steel, Kim Push Administration to Reaffirm Commitment to U.S./South Korean Alliance – OKN
13. North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: A New Practice Creates a New Analytical Challenge
14. North Korea in a sudden shock Covid crisis

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Fri, 05/13/2022 – 9:22am
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This Unsettling Army Recruitment Video Is a Master Class in Psychological Warfare

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The must watch video is at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA4e0NqyYMw This is so important I am not waiting until tomorrow to send this out.  I really want to highlight it.
 
Kudos to 4th PSYOP Group. Whenever anyone asks me what is PSYOP I will be showing this video from now on.  This is very well done though I know it will generate a lot of controversy.  This illustrates irregular war thinking* better than anything else I have seen in recent years. I will be linking this video in every future paper I write on irregular, unconventional, and political warfare.
“Irregular Warfare Thinking”*
Because IW is the dominant form of war in the emergent human domain.  
We need to infuse “irregular warfare thinking”* into DOD and “political warfare thinking” into the US government.
*What is “Irregular warfare thinking?”  It is thinking about the human element in the full spectrum of competition and conflict up to and including conventional and nuclear war. It includes but is not limited to all aspects of lawlessness, subversion, insurgency, terrorism, political resistance, non-violent resistance, political violence, urban operations, stability operations, post-conflict operations, cyber operations, operations in the information environment  (e.g., strategic influence through information advantage, information and influence activities, public diplomacy, psychological operations, military information support operations, public affairs), working through, with and by indigenous forces and populations, irregular warfare, political warfare, economic warfare, alliances, diplomacy, and statecraft in all regions of the world.  
Irregular warfare is the military contribution to political warfare.  Political warfare is the action of the whole of government in strategic competition.
V/R
Dave Maxwell
 
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This unsettling Army recruitment video is a master class in psychological warfare

“Everything is a weapon. Even this video.”

taskandpurpose.com · by Haley Britzky · May 13, 2022

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A new and somewhat unnerving recruiting pitch from the Army’s 4th Psychological Operations Group asks viewers one simple question: “Have you ever wondered who’s pulling the strings?”

The three-and-a-half minute, movie trailer-esque video was released by the 4th PSYOP Group on Youtube on May 2. Since then it’s brought in almost 250,000 views, and it’s not hard to see why: This is not your father’s recruiting commercial.

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Fri, 05/13/2022 – 1:42pm
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National Security News Content:

1. RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MAY 13 (PUTIN’S WAR)
2. RUSSIAN ANNEXATION OF OCCUPIED UKRAINE IS PUTIN’S UNACCEPTABLE “OFF-RAMP”
3. Is Putin Sick – Or Are We Meant to Think He Is?
4. Interview: Why The ‘Failure’ Of Russian Spies, Generals Is Leading To ‘Apocalyptic’ Thinking In The Kremlin
5. DARPA wants to model how ‘disinformation’ flows from fringe to mainstream platforms
6. Modern Resistance – Learning From Non-Western Examples
7. Escape From Moscow
8. With eye on China’s zero-Covid chaos, Taiwan seizes chance to open up
9. China builds simulated Taiwan port, ship to test missiles: military analyst
10. Strategies of Unusual Size
11. Can Russia and the West Survive a Nuclear Crisis in Ukraine?
12. Could a Korean-Style Armistice End the Russia-Ukraine War?
13. Chinese Views of the US and Russia After the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
14. Why Ukraine Is the Best Place to be a Comedian
15. Europe’s new Iron Lady: Estonian prime minister Kaja Kallas
16. The Covert Operation to Back Ukrainian Independence that Haunts the CIA

Korean News Content:

1. N. Korea leader says his country faces ‘great turmoil’ due to COVID-19 spread
2. Seoul could offer vaccine, medicine if Pyongyang requests
3. Rubio, Kaine Introduce Bill to Reauthorize North Korean Human Rights Act
4. How will South Korea-China relations unfold under Yoon administration?
5. Does US support Yoon’s hawkish stance on North Korea?
6. Korea, U.S. resume combined medical support exercise
7. Project Reveal: North Korean Digital Controls
8. Managing Instability in North Korea
9. North Korea: Kim Jong-un declares Covid outbreak a ‘great disaster’
10. EXPLAINER: What’s behind North Korea’s COVID-19 admission?
 

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Sat, 05/14/2022 – 10:30am
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