The powerpoint of 1st Battalion, 5th Marines’ after action report is making its rounds online. Important to Conflict Health readers, the presentation reveals a softer side of Afghanistan counterinsurgency strategy: development, making friends, and protecting civilians. This is exactly the type of strategy recently pitched by General Stanley A. McChrystal.
Below is an excerpt of 15 slides from that presentation. Realize that these slides are not for the press or the American public. They are by Marines, for Marines. It is an insider’s view of a new type of American strategy in Afghanistan.
Christopher R. Albon is a political science Ph.D. specializing in armed conflict, public health, human security, and health diplomacy.