SWJ Blog is a multi-author blog publishing news and commentary on the various goings on across the broad community of practice.  We gladly accept guest posts from serious voices in the community.

In a staggering loss of money even by Pentagon standards, the U.S. military and two contractors left American taxpayers on the hook for more than $700 million.

“Acute corruption can no longer be seen as just a nuisance or a “values issue” to be handed off.”

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

"A clear-eyed look at this year’s QDR suggests there is much to applaud — if also room for criticism."

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

What I Wish I Knew: From Cadet to Lieutenant in Afghanistan by 1st Lieutenant Scott Ginther, War Council

"Polling stations in Afghanistan have closed after a heavy turnout for Saturday's historic presidential election."

Continue on for the latest concerning the Afghan election...

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

Tensions flared Thursday between a special watchdog and the agency charged with planting seeds of development in war-torn Afghanistan.

“U.S. engagement in this part of Africa is much more complex than drone bases and military exercises.”

Time is Running Out in Afghanistan: The April 5th Election is Only the Prelude to Transition

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

"Wednesday’s mass shooting by an Army specialist in Fort Hood, Tex., put the Pentagon on a dreaded, if increasingly familiar, footing..."

“Obscure 1961 operation helped establish Air Force role in special operations.”

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

"The U.S. military will increase its role in cooperative security efforts and exercises as it continues to shift forces and operational focus to the Asia-Pacific region."

“The presidential election and US withdrawal are likely to have complex repercussions for the region's web of invisible networks.”

U.S. Army War College hosts its 25th Annual Strategy Conference in Carlisle, Pennsylvania from April 8-10, 2014. Participants can participate either in person or watch live on-line.

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

"What could be the biggest corruption scandal to ever engulf the Chinese armed forces."

September 2013 piece that everyone in our business should read and ponder...

“There is a growing recognition that transnational organized crime is growing in size and influence in a world marked with globalization and diminishing importance of borders.”

"When considering the first Iraq war, most people think about the offensive campaign."

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

It’s no secret that the world’s population is on the move, but it’s rare to get a glimpse of where that flow is happening.

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

In this new analytical study, CEPA experts argue that NATO should move to reinforce the frontline NATO states of Central and Eastern Europe in the wake of the Crimea crisis.

“As most would view it, I crossed over to the dark side professionally by becoming involved with Jim and he with me,” Tyson writes. “I saw it differently...