The idea of brigades dedicated to advising and assisting troops of US partner nations is a good one. It’s a key task that Special Forces do, but not at scale. Which, if you’re trying to fix all things broken at a national army level, you need to do.
The conventional army’s tried it in Afghanistan through a series of ad hoc initiatives only slightly better planned than that time Travis convinced all of you that beer pong before finals was the way to go because how much are you going to learn tonight anyway?
Following the multi-year walk of shame since 2014’s ending of combat operations, the US military showered up, found a hoodie that didn’t smell too bad, and came up with the Security Force Assistance Brigades. The problem is, their first big date in Afghanistan has been moved up. That means shortening training. Which has the commander, Col. Jackson, less than enthused.
Which isn’t what this article’s about. But anytime a mission like this with a LOT of visibility might be going off the rails before it lurches out of the station, Big Army’s gonna Army. So CENTCOM Commander and ranking Voldemort cosplayer in the Tampa area Gen. Votel dropped in. You know, just to say hi.