Who is James Nagl ?

#1
The Sunday Telegraph today on a piece about the dead riflemen in Afgan contained this paragraph :

"John Nagl, a leading military adviser to President Barack Obama's administration, accused Britain of "lacking commitment" to protect its troops adequately and failing to understand the "sacrifice" which will be needed to defeat the Taliban.

"It took the US a number of years to develop appropriate vehicles to protect [our soldiers] against IEDs (improvised explosive devices)," he said, adding: "Why Britain has taken so long is hard to understand. At the political level, the UK does not seem committed to giving the military everything it needs to win this crucial battle in Afghanistan.

''The British people need to take a hard look at themselves and understand that winning may demand a level of national sacrifice." "

So has Nagl any juice in the Obama / Pentagon circles, and important messages are being sent here or is he just a Gob on a Stick that the papers have dug out for a quote that will be forgotten by days' end ?
 
#2
YoungDai said:
At the political level, the UK does not seem committed to giving the military everything it needs to win this crucial battle in Afghanistan.
I'm surprised that this statement is contentious on ARRSE...

As for the man himself, Nagl is a retired US Army LtCol and, IIRC, one of Petraeus's students - well-educated, in his case at Oxford, flexible and meeting the challenge of making new COIN strategies.
 
#3
The guy is featured on Linked-in if you are signed up there.

He is listed as a visiting professor at KCL, so if you hang round at the Aldwych end of the Strand you might just bump into him. But hurry Bob Ainsworth and Cyclops are after him as well !


John Nagl’s Summary
I am the President of the Center for a New American Security, a think tank dedicated to developing strong, principled, pragmatic defense and security policy for the United States. A strategist with extensive experience in national security policy, I am also a retired Army officer with combat experience in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. I helped write the US Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual. I am particularly interested in building adaptive learning organizations; my doctoral dissertation on the subject was published under the title "Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife."

John Nagl’s Specialties:
National security policy, learning organizations, adaptation in times of rapid strategic change, counterinsurgency, future of warfare, interagency solutions to complex international problems.
 

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