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Qaddafi is dead.  So what?

Ascribing strategic advantage to drones exaggerates their effectiveness and obscures needed changes in the way the United States approaches contemporary security challenges.

A sampling of today's news and opinion concerning the death of Muammar Qaddafi in Sirte.

Another Victory for a New Approach to War by Mark Landler and David Leonhardt, New York Times news analysis.

The Future of the British Army - The Economist editorial.

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Bad Guys vs. Worse Guys in Afghanistan by Luke Mogelson, New York Times Magazine.

Border Corruption of US Officials by the Mexican Cartels & Cases Shown.

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Message from the Director: Setting the Record Straight on Our Afghanistan Analysis - Statement to CIA Employees by Director David H. Petraeus, October 14, 2011.

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Hard Choices for Ground Forces by David W. Barno, Nora Bensahel and Travis Sharp at Defense News.

At the start of a training exercise near the Spratly Islands, a U.S. Marine lieutenant had an interesting message for China.

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Unfounded Drone Fears - Los Angeles Times Op-Ed by Michael W. Lewis.

General McChrytsal Joins SOA AB and Commander Support Program Help Wanted.

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Mexican Cartel Tactical Notes: No 4. Cartel Military Weapons Cache Discovered Near Fronton, Texas.

Lessons in Military Leadership: Learn to be a Manager by Peter Munson at Boats Against the Current.

This article attempts to explore why deep-seeded emotions cause individuals/groups to disregard the rational actor model that many use to describe the premise of modern Counterinsurgency (COIN)...

Syria as viewed through the economic-rationalist lens of conflict analysis

United States and Russian relations explored

COL Paul Yingling responds to COL Gian Gentile.

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In my Foreign Policy column I discuss why the U.S. won't do much about the Iranian bomb plot. I also discuss a new report about the future of U.S. ground forces, which bucks the current...

General-turned-Spy-Chief Gives Military Greater Role in CIA Analysis of Afghan War by Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press.

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The U.S. Central Command investigation into the Aug. 6, 2011, CH-47 crash in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, is complete. An unclassified executive summary of the investigation is available on the...

Texas Border Security: A Strategic Military Assessment