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Scott Kesterson is founder and CEO of Spatial Terra, LLC, a firm focused on strategies for pro-active risk mitigation, market entry and strategic positioning. He has worked in Asia, Europe and Central Asia plus over 3.5 years in Afghanistan working primarily at village level. His work includes documentary film, advisor to senior leaders and cultural advisor to various Special Operations elements. He was a regular blogger for Huffington Post during his embeds of 2006-2008 and was awarded an Emmy in 2007 for best photography for combat footage filmed in Sangine, Afghanistan. Kesterson’s three part film series, Bards of War, analyzing the narrative of war from the soldiers perspective, is currently in post-production.

Entries by Scott Kesterson

What Just Happened? Looking at Bergdahl Through the Lens of Political Spin

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 2:39 PM

[Author's note: Politics and power are a game of strategy and board position. Master's of the game maneuver like a military tactician in war, making use of information and events as their weapon of choice. The ambush is a tactic used by the best of the game masters, leveraging surprise,...

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A Moment to Reflect

(44) Comments | Posted November 11, 2008 | 3:14 PM


I need to take a moment to add a few comments about the soldiers I am with. I pride myself in telling the stories of the men and women that are deployed, with as little bias as possible. With a degree in History and...

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The Other Side of Paradise, Part 2

(10) Comments | Posted November 6, 2008 | 8:00 PM

As I put my laundry into one of the machines, I noticed one of the NCO's that hadn't been very visible during the day. As he begin to walk out of the building, I called out to him. Passing through the two crudely crafted plywood doors, I turned the corner...

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The Other Side of Paradise

(792) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 10:00 PM

Eastern Afghanistan -- From the outer walls of this fire base in eastern Afghanistan, you can see the mountains that mark the border with Pakistan. The Taliban rocket this base regularly, and move throughout the area with relative ease. The US soldiers here live with this threat, but are so...

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The Politics of Eurocentrism

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2007 | 2:27 PM

"There are just so many people running around. Doing different things-no kind of unity."
-Syd Barrett, founding member Pink Floyd

I sat down at my computer yesterday to find a piece of paper from the US Army command resting on the keyboard:

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Shell Games

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2007 | 2:19 PM

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Oshay, Afghanistan - As the US Apache helicopter flew over head, two other helicopters, a US Blackhawk and a Dutch Cougar touched down on the gravel landing zone on the edge of the fire base. A vehicle was pulled...

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Guilt and the Daily Contribution to Terror

(28) Comments | Posted February 19, 2007 | 1:33 PM


Two years ago his sister was burned when she fell into the open cooking fire inside their mud hut. As he sat talking to the US Army Special Forces Medic, he pleaded for help. One of his sister's hands had been burned to stubs;...

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The Thin Veil of Hate

(59) Comments | Posted February 16, 2007 | 2:29 PM

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He lay on the ground with bullet wounds near his heart. There was nothing that could be done as his life became defined by minutes. He was Taliban, and moments before he had ambushed an Afghan soldier killing him with...

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Village Medical Operations in Afghanistan

(4) Comments | Posted January 7, 2007 | 8:56 PM

Video: VMO, part 1

Village Medical Operations, or VMO's are an essential part of building relationships with local communities and villages here in Afghanistan. VMO's are usually tied into some form of humanitarian assistance, as with this operation in a village outside of Khandahar. All of the...

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A Letter Home

(13) Comments | Posted December 28, 2006 | 7:12 PM


Christmas morning. A gentle fog has settled in on the base here outside of the village of Terin Kowt. With it comes the dew, covering the gravel floor that stretches from wall to wall, as well as memories of an Oregon morning. As I...

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Mountain Patrols

(8) Comments | Posted December 18, 2006 | 10:25 AM

BTR_Button_180x60.gifThe primary focus of the media coverage of US operations here in Afghanistan continues to focus on the war effort. Though the fight with the Taliban and insurgent forces is an ongoing reality, the US Army's main effort rests with Embedded Training Teams or...

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Operation Drumstick

(11) Comments | Posted December 14, 2006 | 3:28 PM

BTR_Button_180x60.gifLife in the forward operating bases here in Afghanistan is remote and lacks many of the pleasantries the we take for granted in our lives back in the United States. Power is provided by generators, so long as they don't break down; purified bottled...

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