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The latest Economist Debate is on Afghanistan; with opening statements by John Nagl, President of the Center for a New American Security, and Peter W. Galbraith, Former Deputy UN Envoy to Afghanistan...

British Diplomat Takes Key Afghan Role - Mark Landler and Thom Shanker, New York Times. When military officers and diplomats gathered in a secure room in the Pentagon on a recent Friday to get a...

U.S. Is Still Using Private Spy Ring, Despite Doubts - Mark Mazzetti, New York Times. Top military officials have continued to rely on a secret network of private spies who have produced hundreds of...

Afghan Reconciliation Strategy Should Reflect Pashtun Culture - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. How do wars end in the tribal society of Afghanistan? That's one of the interesting questions...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Obama hopes that good Afghan policy will mean good U.S. politics, 2) Is the Marine Corps just another army? Obama hopes...

Getting the Next War Right: Beyond Population-centric Warfare - Thomas A. Marks, Sebastian L.v. Gorka, and Robert Sharp; Prism, National Defense University. ... With the end of the Cold War - and...

Shades of CORDS in the Kush: The False Hope of "Unity of Effort" in American Counterinsurgency - Henry Nuzum, Strategic Studies Institute, Letort Paper. Counterinsurgency (COIN) requires an...

Mattis: Military Should Rely Less on Technology - Christopher P. Cavas, Marine Corps Times. The military relies too much on technology, and soldiers need to practice more "with the radios turned off...

A CIA COINdinista's Misgivings on Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan - Spencer Ackerman, Washington Independent. The leak I got yesterday from Kandahar expressing skepticism that counterinsurgency can...

DOD News Briefing with Gen. McChrystal from the Pentagon - 13 May 2010 ... I'm pleased to be here this week to participate in President Karzai's visit to the United States. It's been a productive...

Anyone who's spent a day on a deployment knows how prevalent rumors can be. Sometimes, rumors can be informative - in fact, more than one soldier has discovered his unit was deploying based on a...

Pentagon Rethinking Value of Major Counterinsurgencies - Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers. Nearly a decade after the United States began to focus its military training and equipment purchases...

Distrust of Afghan Leaders Threatens U.S. War Strategy - Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times. Nearly a year into a new war strategy for Afghanistan, the hardest fighting is still ahead, but already it...

Continue on for the full transcript of prepared remarks and the Q&A, such as it was...

Operation Moshtarak: Lessons Learned - The International Council on Security and Development. NATO‟s Operation Moshtarak, launched in February 2010 in Helmand province, was the first deployment...

From Kandahar, View of a 'Counterproductive Counterinsurgency' - Spencer Ackerman, Washington Independent. Later this morning, Presidents Obama and Hamid Karzai will meet at the White House. Karzai...

Afghanistan's Karzai to Urge Caution as U.S. Pushes to Empower Local Leaders - Greg Jaffe and Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. The U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is built around the belief that all...

The Surge of Ideas COINdinistas and Change in the U.S. Army in 2006 By General David H. Petraeus General David H. Petraeus received the 2010 Irving Kristol Award at AEI's Annual Dinner. His prepared...

"Winning Hearts and Minds?" Understanding the Relationship between Aid and Security in Kenya - Mark Bradbury and Michael Kleinman, Feinstein International Center. This case study on Kenya,...

Politics is the blind spot in America's counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, according to a report released on 6 May by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Leverage: Designing a...

Life and Death and Life in Iraq - Thom Shanker, New York Times. This is a soldier's story, a tale of life and of death and of life's return. It is the story of one soldier, Capt. Joshua A. Mantz,...

Is the Army Innovative? - Tim Kane, Christian Science Monitor. David Brooks thinks so. Five years ago, the United States Army was one sort of organization, with a certain mentality. Today, it is a...

The "Death Hour" in this case being the period after lunch, when students are required to pay attention to a learned instructor. Here is Defense Secretary Robert Gates's introduction to a lecture he...

Report Details Depravity of SEALs' Accuser - Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times. The just-concluded military trials of three exonerated Navy SEALs showed the terrorism suspect at the center of the...

How to Manage Karzai - Stephen Biddle, Washington Post opinion. This week's state visit by Afghan President Hamid Karzai almost wasn't going to happen. The Obama administration, unhappy with Karzai'...

U.S. Military Runs into Afghan Tribal Politics after Deal with Pashtuns - Joshua Partlow and Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. U.S. military officials in eastern Afghanistan thought they had come up with...

COIN Confusion - Michael Innes, Foreign Policy. The ongoing discussion of the attempted Times Square bombing in New York has been unsurprisingly colorful. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg invoked...

The Evolving Situation in Afghanistan and Some Brass Tacks - Shrinivasrao S. Sohoni, Hardnews. Intriguingly, the international community is not addressing itself to the core issues that are...

The U.S.-Afghan Partnership - Hamid Karzai, Washington Post opinion. Nearly nine years ago, terrorists killed thousands of civilians and destroyed iconic symbols of American prosperity and progress...

Gates: Cuts in Pentagon Bureaucracy Needed - Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates vowed Saturday to lead an effort to cut as much as $15 billion in overhead costs from the...