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5 books of Olga Oliker

The author examines both Russian and rebel tactics and operations in those battles, focusing on how and why the combatants' approaches changed over time.

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As the United States continues to draw down its forces and prepares to end its military involvement in Iraq, the implications for Iraq's at-­risk populations must be considered. Oliker, Grant, and Kaye assess the risks and implications of drawdown and withdrawal for some of the Iraqis in greatest danger, both within Iraq and in neighboring states. The authors conclude with recommendations on how the United States can mitigate identified problems.

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An examination of the difficulties faced by the Russian military in planningand carrying out urban operations in Chechnya.­Russian and rebel military forces fought to control the Chechen city ofGrozny in the winters of 1994-­1995 and 1999-­2000, as well as clashing insmaller towns and villages. The author examines both Russian and rebeltactics and operations in those battles, focusing on how and why thecombatants' approaches changed over time. The study concludes that whilethe Russian military was able to significantly improve its ability to carryout a number of key tasks in the five-­year interval between the wars, otherimportant missions--­particularly in the urban realm--­were ignored, largelyin the belief that the urban mission could be avoided. This consciousdecision not to prepare for a most stressful battlefield met withdevastating results, a lesson the United States would be well served tostudy.

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Security force assistance is central to the counterinsurgency campaign of U.­S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. The outcome will hinge on the effectiveness of the assistance provided to the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police, and other security forces. This report provides an overview of Soviet efforts to improve and facilitate the training and development of Afghan security forces.

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Description and evaluation of relief, reconstruction, humanitarian, and humanitarian-­type aid efforts in Afghanistan during the most intense phase of military operations, from September 2001 to June 2002. The efforts were generally successful, but...

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Books of Olga Oliker