One Tribe at a Time
A note to the reAder
e thoughts and ideas that I will put forward in this paper are mine alone. Although
I credit the US Army Special Forces for the training I have received and the trust of its com- manders, nothing in this paper reects the ideas and thinking of any other person or organization.
I am not a professional writer. Any mistakes in formatting, spelling, quoting, etc. are mine alone.
I a m n o t i m p l y i n g b y w r i t i n g t h i s p a p e r t h a t a n y o n e h a s “ g o t i t w r o n g ” o r t h a t I h a v e a l l t h right answers. I don’t. e
I started writing this paper in January of ’09 prior to the “New Afghanistan Plan.” Much has changed since then. It is an extremely dicult and elusive situation in Afghanistan.
is paper is about tactical employment of small, well-trained units that, when combined
with a larger eort, will have positive strategic implications.
e following is a short list of terms you will see in this paper. I will dene others as they
TET stands for “Tribal Engagement Teams.” I will go into detail about them in Chapter Eight, but they are referred to in many places prior to that.
TTE refers to “Tactical Tribal Engagement.”
TES refers to “Tribal Engagement Strategy.”
TSF refers to “Tribal Security Force.” I will also employ the word Arbakai next to it, as this is the Afghan term most used to describe the type of tribal element our TETs would “advise, assist, train and lead.”
I am not here to imply that I think I could win the war in Afghanistan if put in charge. Or that I can meet these challenges alone, or that there aren’t soldiers out there who could do it better. I just know what I have done and what I could do again, if given the chance.
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