FOUO) Joint Chiefs of Staff Commander’s Handbook for Counter Threat Finance This handbook provides an understanding of the processes and procedures being employed by joint force commanders (JFCs) and their staffs to plan, execute, and assess counter threat finance (CTF) activities and integrate them into their joint operation/campaign plans. It provides fundamental principles, techniques, and considerations related to CTF that are being employed in the field and are evolving toward incorporation in joint doctrine.…(1) (U//FOUO) Identifying the key personnel associated with the threat financial function. What is their contact information; what are their duties and responsibilities; who do they report to; and what, if any, financial, political, tribal, religious and family ties do they have with the government of the HN and of the countries that surround the HN? What is the relationship between the adversary financial operators and the rest of the adversary organization?
Drone (lost in Iran) belonged to CIA, officials say The mission of the downed drone remains unclear. Iran, a longtime adversary of the United States, is believed by U.S. intelligence agencies to be pursuing the development of a nuclear weapon and is also accused of providing support to anti-coalition elements in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The RQ-170 has been used by the CIA for highly sensitive missions into other nations’ airspace, including months of surveillance of the compound in Pakistan in which Osama bin Laden was hiding before he was killed in a May raid by Special Operations forces. A CIA spokeswoman declined to comment on whether the drone was being flown by the agency.
In These Deserts: War Stories From Afghanistan: Column 20: Bombs and the Boy. I wrote this a few days after it happened. I should feel different about it by now, but I don’t. Nothing has changed. Most friends don’t ask me about the war. medal-of-honor-inflated-story WASHINGTON — With Dakota Meyer standing at attention in his dress uniform, sweat glistening on his forehead under the television lights, President Barack Obama extolled the Marine sergeant for the “extraordinary actions” that had earned him the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor. Obama told the audience in the White House East Room on Sept. 15 that Meyer had driven into the heart of a savage ambush in eastern Afghanistan against orders. He'd killed insurgents at near-point-blank range, twice leapt from his gun turret to rescue two dozen Afghan soldiers and saved the lives of 13 U.S. service members as he fought to recover the bodies of four comrades, the president said. But there's a problem with this account: Crucial parts that the Marine Corps publicized and Obama described are untrue, unsubstantiated or exaggerated, according to dozens of military documents McClatchy examined. What's most striking is that all this probably was unnecessary.
America’s Secret Empire of Drone Bases They increasingly dot the planet. There’s a facility outside Las Vegas where “pilots” work in climate-controlled trailers, another at a dusty camp in Africa formerly used by the French Foreign Legion, a third at a big air base in Afghanistan where Air Force personnel sit in front of multiple computer screens, and a fourth at an air base in the United Arab Emirates that almost no one talks about. And that leaves at least 56 more such facilities to mention in an expanding American empire of unmanned drone bases being set up worldwide. Despite frequent news reports on the drone assassination campaign launched in support of America’s ever-widening undeclared wars and a spate of stories on drone bases in Africa and the Middle East, most of these facilities have remained unnoted, uncounted, and remarkably anonymous -- until now. A Galaxy of Bases
Disposable Army Iraq War Contractor Fined for Late Reports of 30 Casualties by T. Christian Miller ProPublica, Feb. 7, 2013, 8 a.m. 'Gentlemen, We Shot a Judge' and Other Tales of Blackwater, DynCorp, and Triple Canopy's Rampage Through Iraq US soldiers are expensive. Not only is there the cost of training, their tools, retirement, education and they have to be fed and equipped to exceptional standards, there's also the ultimate cost of a soldier's life. While on the other hand, the contractors were mostly cowboys. America’s Secret Empire of Drone Bases: Its Full Extent Revealed for the First Time October 16, 2011 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. They increasingly dot the planet. There’s a facility outside Las Vegas where “pilots” work in climate-controlledtrailers, another at a dusty camp in Africa formerly used by the French Foreign Legion, a third at a big air base in Afghanistan where Air Force personnel sit in front of multiple computer screens, and a fourth that almost no one talks about at an air base in the United Arab Emirates.
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