Peter J. Munson

Peter J. Munson is a Marine officer, author, and Middle East specialist.  He is the author of War, Welfare, and Democracy: Rethinking America's Quest for the End of History (Potomac, 2013) and Iraq in Transition: The Legacy of Dictatorship and the Prospects for Democracy (Potomac, 2009) and .  A frequent contributor to multiple journals and blogs, including his own, he was also the Editor of the Small Wars Journal from January 2012 to June 2013.  You can follow his Twitter feed @peterjmunson and find his LinkedIn profile here.  He is leaving the Marine Corps in summer 2013.

Doug Macgregor offers a synopsis of the state of the U.S. military and the prediction that only economic crisis will provide the impetus for reform.

Bob Tollast interviews former U.S. military advisor Emma Sky.

Cordesman lambasts the lack of strategic reality in the defense budget.

West Point's Combating Terrorism Center publishes 17 declassified Bin Laden documents with accompanying analysis.

Ben Kohlmann offers a lengthy rebuttal to his critics.

The White House summary and a pointer to the text of the speech on Afghanistan.