Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Libya "success"

There are many lessons to be learned from the NATO intervention in Libya -- and more to be encountered in the coming weeks and months. One important lesson is that NATO is not as militarily strong as many thought and more expected. Much of the Libya operation depended on US enablers. Yet the prospects for European defense enhancements seems to be slipping.

As the dust settles and the fog of war clears, I'll offer more lessons. Remember, however, that US military analysts still call their after-action studies "lessons learned," but the British -- more accurately -- have long called them "lessons identified."

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