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US, NATO Outta Afghanistan 2021

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Here's a heads up for those that might be keen on contracting out a bit too much:

"Nearly everything needed to run the airport effectively — airfield lighting, radars, weather systems — had been damaged or destroyed by crowds as they climbed over sensitive electronics and power supplies. European and American contractors running the airport, McClaskey said, had abandoned their posts as the crowd grew. Random gunfire echoed across the airport."
 

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Here's a heads up for those that might be keen on contracting out a bit too much:

"Nearly everything needed to run the airport effectively — airfield lighting, radars, weather systems — had been damaged or destroyed by crowds as they climbed over sensitive electronics and power supplies. European and American contractors running the airport, McClaskey said, had abandoned their posts as the crowd grew. Random gunfire echoed across the airport."
From this ...
This is worth reading - and where "U.S.", read "most other Western nations in the fight" ...
... A third common flaw in development efforts is to “cocoon” projects from the normal channels of implementation. If one feels very strongly that something needs to be done and one knows that the existing national mechanisms are to weak to do it, there is a temptation to bring in foreign contractors and import the capability. Given the resources and capabilities of American government and contracting firms, of course many things can be done quickly. But this usually not just does not build capability, it both undermines the building of national capability and does not improve a government’s legitimacy. Moreover, this gets done at costs that are astronomical relative to what the national government could ever hope to afford ...
... or stop getting done if said contractors GTFO ...
 

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Interesting... from a dentist/ rifle platoon commander.

The British Army could use alot more of those :)

A soldier’s hard look back at Canada’s Afghan mission

A young dentist’s ideals led him to Afghanistan as an infantry officer. After two tours, he began to question what was ultimately achievable.

A soldier's hard look back at Canada's Afghan mission
British dentist turned infantry officer… Did he think Helmand was the more winnable venture?
 

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British dentist turned infantry officer… Did he think Helmand was the more winnable venture?
Not British. He's Canadian from Quebec and came to Canada as a baby with his refugee family when Saigon fell. He joined up as a reservist and volunteered for two tours in Afghanistan. Worked mostly as a duty officer and spent time mentoring the ANA.

An interesting and powerful story.

🍻 🍻
 

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Anyone able to confirm this?
Just what looks like independent (for now, anyway) AFG media quoting the Taliban denying the reports. As for the lights being on ....
... Residents in Bagram said that the lights of the base were seen on Saturday night, which is a first since US troops left the base.

Mansor said that the lights were switched on by forces related to the Islamic Emirate.

Shamshad, a resident of Bagram district, said: “The lights were switched on again at Bagram air force base. There were some voices heard at the base. An airplane has also been seen there.” ...
 

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Here's a heads up for those that might be keen on contracting out a bit too much:

"Nearly everything needed to run the airport effectively — airfield lighting, radars, weather systems — had been damaged or destroyed by crowds as they climbed over sensitive electronics and power supplies. European and American contractors running the airport, McClaskey said, had abandoned their posts as the crowd grew. Random gunfire echoed across the airport."
The Romans outsourced too - apparently their cavalry was not Roman but supplied by other tribes.

Just a thought
 
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