Is the U.S. Collecting Intelligence on Foreign Forces in Libya? – And is it collecting intelligence on foreign forces operating in other parts of the world? There’s value in learning how other nations conduct military and related operations.

The Washington Times is reporting that Russia, by way of private military contractors, is backing dual Libyan-American citizen Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan National Army in Libya. There’s a lot of talk about what “should be done” about this, but I haven’t seen any talk about what can be done now: namely intelligence collection against Russia.

Any time something goes wrong in the world people rush to say that it was a U.S. “intelligence failure.” Intelligence cannot predict the future or prevent every bad thing from happening. On top of this, there are limited resources. (Yes, even billions of dollars only goes so far.) And with as much as the U.S. has focused on kinetic action over the past two decades, it’s somewhat slacked on intelligence collection.

This isn’t to say the U.S. doesn’t still collect. But it is to say that now is a great time to resist the urge to engage in kinetic action in every war and conflict around the world, and instead observe and learn how other nations conduct military and related action so the U.S. can use it in the future.

After all, what do you think nations have been doing with the U.S. for our past two decades of war? Do you think they’ve been observing how American forces operate and considering how to use that knowledge against America in the future? In the now? Of course that’s what they’ve been doing.

So now would be a good time for America to start doing the same to them.

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