Via Moon of Alabama
It is DoD policy to conduct independently guerrilla warfare, subversion, sabotage and intelligence activities to establish or re-establish order in a fragile state.
A fragile state is of course whatever the Pentagon defines as such.
While there is now a institutional shift from the CIA to the Pentagon, the personal line is one of continuity. Pentagon chief Gates is a CIA operative who rose through the ranks to become Director of Central Intelligence.
The principal writer of the new DoD directive is Michael G. Vickers, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict.
In the mid-1980s, Vicker's became involved with Operation Cyclone, the United States Central Intelligence Agency program to arm Islamic mujahideen during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. He was the head military strategist for the U.S., coordinating an effort that involved ten countries and providing direction to forces made up of over 500,000 Afghan fighters...
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