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Names: Barno joins the CNAS empire

Washington’s newest major national security think tank is upping its Afghanistan IQ even further; Retired Lt. Gen. David Barno is joining the Center for a New American Security. Barno, the commander of combined forces in Afghanistan from 2003-2005, will join an already impressive list of Afghanistan and Iraq experts at CNAS. CEO Nathanial Fick was ...

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Washington's newest major national security think tank is upping its Afghanistan IQ even further; Retired Lt. Gen. David Barno is joining the Center for a New American Security.

Barno, the commander of combined forces in Afghanistan from 2003-2005, will join an already impressive list of Afghanistan and Iraq experts at CNAS. CEO Nathanial Fick was a Marine Corps Infantry officer there and later taught counterinsurgency in Kabul. President John Nagl served in Iraq as a lieutenant colonel after writing the counterinsurgency volume Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife. Fellow Andrew Exum served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and advised current commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

Barno was most recently the head of National Defense University's Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. In comments reported today, he was optimistic about the current mission in Afghanistan, telling NPR that Afghanistan "could look a lot different in the next six months or a year from now," depending on governance and security.

Washington’s newest major national security think tank is upping its Afghanistan IQ even further; Retired Lt. Gen. David Barno is joining the Center for a New American Security.

Barno, the commander of combined forces in Afghanistan from 2003-2005, will join an already impressive list of Afghanistan and Iraq experts at CNAS. CEO Nathanial Fick was a Marine Corps Infantry officer there and later taught counterinsurgency in Kabul. President John Nagl served in Iraq as a lieutenant colonel after writing the counterinsurgency volume Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife. Fellow Andrew Exum served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and advised current commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

Barno was most recently the head of National Defense University’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. In comments reported today, he was optimistic about the current mission in Afghanistan, telling NPR that Afghanistan “could look a lot different in the next six months or a year from now,” depending on governance and security.

Barno will move over to CNAS in May, where he will have a broad portfolio as senior advisor and senior fellow, including defense policy, veterans’ affairs, and other topics. CNAS was started up in 2007 by now Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia Kurt Campbell and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy.

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A graduate of George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, Josh lived in Yokohama, Japan, and studied at Tokyo's Sophia University. He speaks conversational Japanese and has reported from the region. He has also worked at the House International Relations Committee, the Embassy of Japan, and the Brookings Institution.

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