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Gary Owen is the pen name for a former military officer/current civilian development worker in Afghanistan. Main dish is Afghanistan with a lot of bacon on the side.

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Afghan Analysts Network

The Civilian Casualty Tightrope: Karzai Bans ANSF Calling in Airstrikes

Co-wrote this with Kate Clark. At some point this was pretty much inevitable.

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Afghan Analysts Network

A Mutual Interdependency? The BSA and why the US still wants it ...

Jan 9, 2014 ... Why does the US accept the Afghan government's continued delay signing the Bilateral Security Agreement? AAN guest author Gary Owen ......

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Afghan Analysts Network

A New 'Foundation Force'? The ever murkier future of Afghan ...

Jan 13, 2013 ... Our guest blogger Gary Owen(*) writes, however, that this would be very much in line with the US emphasis on Afghan SOF training and ......

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Afghan Analysts Network

Another Post-2014 Capability Gap: Spin and reality of the Afghan air ...

Jul 11, 2013 ... AAN's guest analyst Gary Owen takes a look at the state of the AAF and examines three aspects: the current level of operational independence, ......

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Afghan Analysts Network

Flying after 2014: Which aircraft for the Afghan Air Force ...

Mar 2, 2014 ... Which aircraft does the Afghan air force need? AAN's guest author Gary Owen on the US canceling the purchase of helicopters and the needs ......

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Afghan Analysts Network

Guest Blog: Afghans or Americans on Top? The Future of Special ...

Oct 22, 2012 ... Guest blogger and former serving US military officer, Gary Owen(*), has been scrutinizing the new task force and what appear to be the ......

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Afghan Analysts Network

Paint It Pink: The US redefining ANA success | Afghanistan Analysts ...

Aug 1, 2012 ... AAN guest blogger, Gary Owen, a former soldier who now is working as a civilian development worker(*) has been scrutinizing the reports, ......

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Afghan Analysts Network

Beans and Bullets: Pentagon report puts ANSF logistical and ...

Feb 26, 2013 ... AAN's frequent guest blogger on military matters, Gary Owen,* has been reading the latest 1230 report, which was published in December and ......

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Afghan Analysts Network

Guest Blog: A Dangerous Case for Intervention: A Response to the ...

Jun 5, 2013 ... It would be easy to ignore this as yet another falsely positive assessment of the state of affairs in Afghanistan, our guest author Gary Owen(*) ......

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Afghan Analysts Network

Opaque and Dilemma-Ridden: A look back at transition ...

Aug 12, 2013 ... One sentence of AAN's guest writer Gary Owen sums it all up: “[Given] ISAF's bulldozer of a PR campaign to portray the ANA as ready to ......