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Mark Collins – NATO: “Albania, Italy, Poland and Slovenia will contribute to the Canadian-led battalion in Latvia”

27 Oct

Further to this September post, 455 Canadian Troops to Latvia with NATO Spring 2017–Italians Too? the Italians are indeed in along with others–company-sized contingents from Canada and the re…

Source: Mark Collins – NATO: “Albania, Italy, Poland and Slovenia will contribute to the Canadian-led battalion in Latvia”

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Mark Collins – ‘The U.S. did not “invade” Afghanistan’

26 Oct

A letter sent to the NY Times and not published: Paul Theroux [website here] writes (“Pardon the American Taliban”, Oct. 23) that “after Sept. 11, the United States invaded Afghan…

Source: Mark Collins – ‘The U.S. did not “invade” Afghanistan’

Mark Collins – China: Top Dragon Really Unfolding His Ascendant Wings

24 Oct

Further to these posts, Top Dragon is now C-in-C Top Dragon Now More Powerful than Mao? President Xi continues his relentless consolidation of power (is our prime minister paying any attention?): t…

Source: Mark Collins – China: Top Dragon Really Unfolding His Ascendant Wings

Mark Collins – US Navy: Carriers or Subs, with the Dragon in Mind

21 Oct

Further to these posts, RAND on War Between the Dragon and the Eagle [note links at start] War Between the Dragon and the Eagle: USN Carriers up to It? some recommendations for the USN’s futu…

Source: Mark Collins – US Navy: Carriers or Subs, with the Dragon in Mind

Mark Collins – How the US Army Went Wrong in Afghanistan

19 Oct

One simple thing: a personnel promotion system for officers that undermined effectiveness locally. Is the Canadian Army any different? Excerpts from a must-read post by a retired US Army officer at…

Source: Mark Collins – How the US Army Went Wrong in Afghanistan

Mark Collins – Increasingly Kinetic US Small Ball Military Engagement in Somalia

17 Oct

POTUS has been considerably expanding the limited American involvement in this splendid little war in accordance with his small ball approach to intervention abroad–excerpts from a major NY T…

Source: Mark Collins – Increasingly Kinetic US Small Ball Military Engagement in Somalia

Mark Collins – Xi’s China: Grumbling (and Rumbling?) in the PLA

17 Oct

Further to these posts, “China’s President Xi Solidifies Power with Overhaul of Military” [2015] Top Dragon is Now C-in-C there may now be some blowback–could it get serious? Chicom rule ulti…

Source: Mark Collins – Xi’s China: Grumbling (and Rumbling?) in the PLA