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‘Civilian Warriors: Blackwater and the War on Terror’ by Erik Prince - Washington Post Book Review by Phillip Carter.

A Deadly Mix in Benghazi by David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times.

The latest issue (fourth) of the student run peer–reviewed Georgetown Security Studies Review.

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NPR interview with Dr. David Kilcullen.

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A ‘Front-Page Rule’ is Unprecedented in U.S. Intelligence by Walter Pincus, Washington Post.

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Defenders of the plane say it can't be retired until the military has a replacement that is just as good at protecting ground troops.

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A Better Model of Military Intervention?  By Michael P. Noonan, U.S. News & World Report.

Even if Foreign Troops Leave Afghanistan, U.S. Has Some Options - Reuters Analysis

Syria is twice afflicted this winter.  This convulsing country is suffering through the most deadly conflict in its history and just experienced its most violent winter storm in a century.

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The Small Wars Council Discusses Joint Publication 3-24 - Counterinsurgency

The Inside Story Of How The U.S. Acted To Prevent Another Rwanda by Hayes Brown, Think Progress.

U.S. intelligence, GPS bomb kits help Latin American nation cripple rebel forces.

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In Honduras, Rival Gangs Keep a Death Grip on San Pedro Sula by Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times.

Helicopter Gunships Used in Mexico Resort Battle - AP via ABC

Pentagon concern about 'toxic leaders' is not new, but some worry that revelations of bad behavior by senior military officials will rise as the US returns to peacetime footing.

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Counterinsurgency, Local Militias, and Statebuilding in Afghanistan by Jonathan Goodhand and Aziz Hakimi, United States Institute of Peace.

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To include JP 3-24, Counterinsurgency, 22 November 2013.

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The Pentagon's Invisible Man by Gordon Lubold, Foreign Policy.

How Bin Laden Escaped in 2001: The Lessons of Tora Bora by Yaniv Barzilai, The Daily Beast.