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DefenseNews Post Afghanistan USAF Changes Jolly Green II Helicopter Purchase Plans

Post-Afghanistan, US Air Force Changes Jolly Green II Helicopter Purchase Plans

The U.S. Air Force wants to cut the total number of new combat rescue helicopters it plans to buy by one-third, a sign of how it is adjusting to a post-Afghanistan threat…

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Between Then and Now, They Did Not Die in Vain

Army Capt. Dan Whitten was a young West Point officer serving in Afghanistan when I met him for the first time. One of his friends noted that he was outgoing…

TheHill Op Ed Votel Evacuating Is Most Challenging Mission 20 Years Afghanistan

Evacuating is the Most Demanding Mission of 20 Years in Afghanistan

The images of the last two weeks have been riveting to many Americans, but especially to the nearly 800,000 U.S. veterans and service members who served in Afghanistan. No one…

CNN Amanpour And Co Votel On Afghan Withdrawal

Amanpour and Company: Gen. Joseph Votel (Ret.) on Afghanistan Withdrawal

To understand how the U.S. withdrawal could have been handled differently, and what needs to happen most urgently to improve the situation on the ground, Bianna speaks with retired General…

USNews From 300k To Few Hundred Afghanistans Army

From 300,000 to a Few Hundred: What Happened to Afghanistan’s Army

President Joe Biden told the American people on July 8 that the U.S. and its partners in Afghanistan had “trained and equipped nearly 300,000 current serving members of the military”…

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Many Facets Contributed to the Taliban’s Takeover of Afghanistan

NPR’s A Martínez talks with former U.S. CENTCOM Commander Gen. Joseph Votel about the military failures that led to the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan. The Taliban’s blitz offensive…

CipherBrief Painful Lessons Afghanistan

The Painful Lessons of Afghanistan

The Cipher Brief: Did you ever envision that the U.S. would pull out so quickly or completely leaving the Afghan military on its own without U.S. air support?   General Votel:…

NYT Taliban Sweep In Afghanistan Follows Years Of US Miscalculations

Taliban Sweep in Afghanistan Follows Years of US Miscalculations

President Biden’s top advisers concede they were stunned by the rapid collapse of the Afghan army in the face of an aggressive, well-planned offensive by the Taliban that now threatens…

TheGuardian US Deserves Big Share Blame In Afghanistan Military Disaster

US Deserves Big Share of Blame for Afghanistan Military Disaster

As one provincial capital after another has fallen to the Taliban, the message from Washington to the Afghans facing the onslaught has been that their survival is in their own…

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General Joseph Votel on US Military Challenges in the Middle East

MEI Distinguished Senior Fellow Joseph Votel, a retired four-star general in the Army and former commander of U.S. Central Command, joins host Alistair Taylor to discuss the challenges facing American…