Despite recent concerns about developing homegrown security and defense forces in Afghanistan, establishing those types of units can be vital to counterinsurgency efforts, according to the Rand Corp. The key to developing and leveraging such local forces, Rand says in a new report, is joining intelligence from the locals with combat firepower from U.S. forces—with an emphasis on the former. “The real value of local defense forces lies in intelligence rather than manpower or combat ...


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