What is a Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB)?

Introduction Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs) (pronounced: S Fab) are specialised United States (US) Army units formed to train, advise, assist, enable and accompany operations with allied and partner nations. SFAB’s are intended to reduce the burden of such operations on conventionally-organised Brigade Combat Teams (BCT’s), allowing BCT’s to focus on fighting near-peer threats. Designed… Read More

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Reasonable Justice…

“Men demand a reasonable degree of justice. They expect a leader to be fair and understanding. A single act of glaring injustice will injure his prestige and influence. Men must trust their leader in order to follow him.” “The Human Element in War,” by Major‐General Charles P. Summerall, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army,… Read More

What was the Mexican-American War (1846-1848)?

Introduction The Mexican-American War, also known in the United States as the Mexican War and in Mexico as the Intervención Estadounidense en México (US intervention in Mexico), was an armed conflict between the United States and Mexico from 25 April 1846 to 02 February 1848. It followed the 1845 US annexation of Texas, which Mexico… Read More

External Impetus…

“Shrewd critics have assigned military success to all manner of things – tactics, shape of frontiers, speed, happily placed rivers, mountains or woods, intellectual ability, or the use of artillery. All in a measure true, but none vital. The secret lies in the inspiring spirit which lifted weary, footsore men out of themselves with an… Read More

Efficient Morale…

“The efficiency of an army depends on many different things, but one is outstanding‐ and that is morale. You can have all the material in the world, but without morale it is largely ineffective. You must have morale, first and foremost, and morale is determined by a great many things. Primarily it depends, of course,… Read More

Do As I’m Told…

“Soldiers do what they are told to do. It’s leadership that’s the key. Young men and women join the Army; if they’re with competent, confident, capable leaders they turn into good soldiers.” Sergeant Major of the Army Robert E. Hall (1947 to Present) Robert E. Hall is a retired United States Army soldier who served… Read More

What was the 2011 NATO Attack in Pakistan?

Introduction The 2011 NATO attack in Pakistan (also known as the Salala incident, Salala attack or 26/11 attacks) was a border skirmish that occurred when US-led NATO forces engaged Pakistani security forces at two Pakistani military checkposts along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border on Saturday, 26 November 2011, with both sides later claiming that the other had… Read More