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Today the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released three reports on Afghanistan. Water projects that SIGAR reviewed showed mixed results.

Middle East Studies (MES) at Marine Corps University is pleased to announce the publication of Middle East Studies In Review 2012-13.

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Our Debating Military: Here, If You’re Looking by Matt Hipple, Center for International Maritime Security

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“Cutting the fleet of A-10s will save the Air Force about $4.2 billion, he said. 'You just don’t make big savings unless you cut fleets.'”

"The current Mexican administration has underemphasized the need to develop a robust law enforcement strategy, focusing too narrowly on socioeconomic factors."

What we left behind in Iraq: “An increasingly authoritarian leader, a return of sectarian violence, and a nation worried for its future.”

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A Letter to the West Point Class of 2014: No Combat Patch? That’s No Problem! By Major Crispin Burke, Best Defense

Many of you have by now have at least heard of, if not read, William S. Lind’s latest, “An Officer Corps That Can’t Score.”

Landpower Update: Addressing Unrestricted Warfare While Energizing Our Alies and the Masses

Yemen drone war update via CNN and Reuters.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the updated Texas Gang Threat Assessment.

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"The number of US troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 - the minimum demanded by the US military to train Afghan forces."

"A recent opinion piece at The American Conservative had a number of military officers scratching their heads."

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"To those who will listen, the lessons of Abu Ghraib are unmistakable."

I encourage everyone to think about their Personal Learning Network, and how they can strengthen it.

Rise of the Junior Officer by Joe Byerly, The Barefoot Strategist

"Major battles in the 21st century will be confusing and disorganized affairs more similar to the clashes of a pre-digital age than the ‘network-centric' combat we've become...

"As Iraq prepares for its first national election in four years on April 30 it is hard to imagine democracy activists rallying weekly in Iraqi streets."

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"It might be best for the United States to focus first on handing over the peacemaking to Afghanistan’s neighbors, as the most credible strategy for ending the war quickly."

"Unlike the old manual, which laid out the tactics that Petraeus implemented with some success in Iraq, the new one will give soldiers COIN tools that can be used anywhere in the world."

A casual remark by a U.S. general during a breakfast has made China mad, really mad, and Beijing’s response is far less than civil and humble.

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"Some have argued that after the frustrating wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is little American appetite to send the Army into foreign lands."