While I don’t often quote the “Washington Times”, not to be at all confused with the Washington Post or the NY Times, there was an article in their March 29, 2012 edition, “Afghan Local Police key to success against Taliban” (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/29/afghans-whom-taliban-fear/).
According to the article: “The Afghan Local Police is unlike the Afghan National Police, which uses volunteers from various regions to patrol and protect areas far from home. The local force is dedicated to one village and is made up of men chosen by anti-Taliban village elders for their loyalty.”
Not unlike our Lexington and Concord brethren, these individuals are dedicated to their local turf. This very likely means that they are more highly motivated to defend their own villages, but they are less likely to be Taliban sleepers and less vulnerable to Taliban recruiting efforts.
While this is not necessarily PSYOP or MISO per se. It would certainly seem like a great campaign theme where others are inspired to do the same, even perhaps motivating the National Police who may be on the political fence. The units may have credible spokes people who can help support themes and messages that bolster the security of the Afghanistan a piece at a time.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that there is a passionate on-going debate on Linkedin concerning the Regiment. Both AC and RC MISO soldiers are involved and the exchange is lively and unfettered. While I will leave the substance of the conversation for the Linkedin Group. I’m hopeful that the exchange itself will have the second and third order effects of helping to reopen and keep open the lines of dialogue within the Regiment.