Some have questioned why put this post out to the public. http://maxoki161.blogspot.com/2012/11/afghanistan-order-of-battle-from.html
We live in a new transparent world that requires some new thinking on OPSEC (I wish the ISW was also on the front lines of OPSEC thinking). My response:
It is in this "public forum" because the Institute of the Study of War (which is on the "front lines of military thinking") has been able to compile this information both from open sources such as unit Face Book pages (one of the reasons why I highlighted some of the footnotes) as well as from organization briefings and the charts and slides that units and organizations provided to Dr. Kimberly Kagan and/or her research staff. Please see the mission, leadership and history of the Institute for the Study of War. I put this on this "public forum" because it is out there in a public forum. We can hide it from ourselves but I think it is important to call attention to the fact that this information is out there available to the world and comes from an organization that is one of the strongest voices in support of continued operations in Afghanistan.
We are on the front lines of military thinking.
The Institute for the Study of War advances an informed understanding of military affairs through reliable research, trusted analysis, and innovative education. We are committed to improving the nation’s ability to execute military operations and respond to emerging threats in order to achieve U.S. strategic objectives. ISW is a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy research organization.
Dr. Kimberly Kagan
John P. Williams
Jessica D. Lewis
Dr. Kimberly Kagan founded ISW in May 2007, as U.S. forces undertook a daring new counterinsurgency strategy to reverse the grim security situation on the ground in Iraq . Frustrated with the prevailing lack of accurate information documenting developments on the ground in Iraq and the detrimental effect of biased reporting on policymakers, Dr. Kagan established ISW to provide real-time, independent, and open-source analysis of ongoing military operations and insurgent attacks in Iraq. General Jack Keane (U.S. Army, Ret.), the Chairman of ISW’s board, also played a central role in developing the intellectual foundation for this change of strategy in Iraq, and supported the formation of the Institute in 2007.
More details are at this link: http://www.understandingwar.org/who-we-are