In summer 2008, Les Figues Press acted as the media sponsor for Danielle Adair, helping her gain clearance as an embedded journalist with US Forces in Afghanistan. Before taking off for Jalalabad in November, she traveled to the University of Nebraska – Omaha to participate in an intensive course in Afghan culture designed for military contractors. There she also gained particular exposure to the military’s counterinsurgency doctrine; while in Jalalabad she looked at how the language of counterinsurgency is employed on base.
From JBAD, Lessons Learned, is Adair’s “field book“—an index guide to the language surrounding the concepts and realities of counterinsurgency. This spiral-bound notebook is a print component of Adair’s larger project, First Assignment, a multi-media presentation of her experience.