Thursday 15 March 2012

US Army smartbook now a smart app

Screenshot of Afghanistan Smart Book app
Not sure how I missed it after all this time, but it is worth taking a look at the US Army's Afghanistan Smart Book, recommended to soldiers deploying to Afghanistan and now available as a smartphone download. Previous editions of the book for 2011, 2010 and 2009 were in printed format. Written by the Army's TRADOC Culture Center, the aim of the publication is "To ensure that US Army personnel have a relevant, comprehensive guide to use in capacity building and counterinsurgency operations while deployed in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan." No obvious errors in this publication, although comments are welcome. The same cannot be said of the Pre-deployment Afghanistan Reading List, published by the US Army's Combined Arms Center which still recommends Greg Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And why shouldn't it still list "3CofT" ??

--Maybe because there's a civil suit against the 2 authors and publisher? A suit with all of 3 or 4 plaintiffs. Wow. Really meaningful.

--Or because a single other writer has catalogued what he CLAIMS are lies in the text? A writer whose own books, especially "Into Thin Air," have been the target by MANY knowledgeable readers of even worse lies? That can't have swayed your opinion so much.

I'd say you simply don't have much respect for the TRADOC Culture Center and believe they don't know enough to make an informed choice.

Susan Hale Whitmore
Silver Spring, Maryland

P.S. Been to lately? Kept up with the number of new schools being built, staffed, and supplied? Seen that they're now working in Tajikistan? Lots going on!