Aug 21, 2023Liked by Paul Cobaugh

Thoughts on the book “Beyond the Wire” by Michael Allen et.al?

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No, not familiar with this. I have lived outside the wire off and on for years but rarely read about it. Most Vets don't really discuss these things unless with others that share common experiences. Those of us suffering PTSD and TBI, don't go looking for extra, undue reminders. We mostly do our best to work through things with support groups and specialized therapy.

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From Good Reads summary. I’ve read about a quarter but your post reminded me about this but there is such a gap between the boots on the ground like you and the academics who try to make sense of the madness.

“In a time where US deployments are uncertain, this book shows how US service members can either build the necessary support to sustain their presence or create added animosity towards the military presence.

The United States stands at a crossroads in international security. The backbone of its international position for the last 70 years has been the massive network of overseas military deployments. However, the US now faces pressures to limit its overseas presence and spending. In Beyond the Wire , Michael Allen, Michael Flynn, Carla Martinez Machain, and Andrew Stravers argue that the US has entered into a "Domain of Competitive Consent" where the longevity of overseas deployments relies upon the buy-in from host-state populations and what other major powers offer in security guarantees. Drawing from three years of surveys and interviews across fourteen countries, they demonstrate that a key component of building support for the US mission is the service members themselves as they interact with local community members. Highlighting both the positive contact and economic benefits that flow from military deployments and the negative interactions like crime and anti-base protests, this book

shows in the most rigorous and concrete way possible how US policy on the ground shapes its ability to advance its foreign policy goals.”

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