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"A once-promising strategy for stability in Afghanistan ended badly two years ago, along with the career of its author and chief proponent, Army Special Forces Maj. Jim Gant."

Infinity Journal has just released its "The Strategy Bridge" Special Edition.

“One of the great things about making a provocative argument is that you get plenty of responses.”

"In the minds of most Americans—and perhaps most members of Congress, too—the war in Afghanistan is already long since lost."

"It can ensure stability and protect minorities better than any other form of order. The case for a tempered American imperialism."

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"The inability to predict the future was about the only thing consistent with predicting the future."

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Via the Foreign Policy Initiative - Open Letter to President Obama: Secure Ukraine, Isolate Russia, and Strengthen NATO

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When history’s great contests wind down, they leave questions that wars cannot answer and conflicts sometimes create.

The first comprehensive report analyzing the current state of transnational criminal organizations in California and the threats they pose.

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Continue on for DCGS-A, Palantir, and “Ghost” Afghan Policemen.

Our new Landpower lead article is Balancing The Joint Force: Defense and Military Challenges Through 2020 by Dr John R. Deni.

Free day-long workshop on Advances in Anticipatory Intelligence on 25 March 2014 at USF, Tampa, FL. Continue on for additional information.

All branches of the military do some form of “security cooperation” work with foreign allies, but SOCOM is likely to become a “bigger planner” in this area.

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USAID officials say they plan to push through, despite the challenges.

"Can the Pentagon do the same with less? That seems to be what the White House expects."

The US needs more than an exit plan for Afghanistan. It needs a new strategy for South Asia, starting with Pakistan.

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"The episode [BG Sinclair court-martial]  offers a textbook example of justice gone awry."

Best to you on St. Patrick's Day from SWJ.

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"The reaction from Capitol Hill to the Air Force plan for retiring the ugly and beloved A-10 has been relatively muted and may remain so."

"This overwhelming military overmatch sends a clear message to America’s foes that is anything but emboldening."

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