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Opening Statement of General David H. Petraeus, Confirmation Hearing as Commander, ISAF/US Forces--Afghanistan on 29 June 2010. Mr. Chairman, Senator McCain, Members of the Committee, thank you for...

At a recent meeting with students at the Army's Command and General Staff College, Defense Secretary Robert Gates wondered out loud, "And the question is, since the Marines have essentially, both in...

General Hal Moore - Steven Pressfield interview with the General. I met General Hal Moore a few years ago, at a dinner in his honor in Los Angeles, around the time the movie We Were Soldiers was...

Spencer Ackerman has left the Washington Independent and, drum roll please, joined Noah and crew at Wired's Danger Room. Check out his first DR post concerning after 9 years of war in Afghanistan...

5 Questions for General Petraeus - Jed Babbin, Real Clear Politics. In a hastily-assembled hearing tomorrow, Gen. David H. Petraeus will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee as a...

The July/August 2010 issue of Foreign Affairs is now online and will be on newsstands June 29. Two items are of particular interest to our community of interest and practice. Please note that only...

A Look at Gen. Stanley McChrystal and Afghanistan - Charlie Rose interview. "The story of a President, 2 Generals, the future of a war and magazine story. The implications on the resignation of...

Will There be an Afghanistan Syndrome? - Eliot A. Cohen, Washington Post opinion. ... The rise and fall of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal -- whom President Obama dismissed Wednesday as commander of the...

Mullen Says the Military Still Needs the Media - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. For the military, it's like a grisly death in the family: How did Gen. Stanley McChrystal, one of the most...

Endless War, a Recipe for Four-star Arrogance - Andrew J. Bacevich, Washington Post opinion. Long wars are antithetical to democracy. Protracted conflict introduces toxins that inexorably corrode...

Military Disturbed by Rapid Turnover at Top in Afghan, Iraq Wars - Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. Since 2001, a dozen commanders have cycled through the top jobs in Iraq, Afghanistan and the U.S....

Afghan Overture to Taliban Aggravates Ethnic Tensions - Dexter Filkens, New York Times. The drive by President Hamid Karzai to strike a deal with Taliban leaders and their Pakistani backers is...

Can Counterinsurgency Work in Afghanistan? Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 12:00 - 1:30 PM, at the Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. The U.S. military in Afghanistan has been trying to follow best...

Afghanistan War: Top Three Challenges Facing General Petraeus - Dan Murphy, Christian Science Monitor. Gen. David Petraeus, the commander viewed by some in Washington as the man who single-handedly...

Jules Crittenden remembers when: ... Rolling Stone thought counterinsurgency was cool, as opposed to something that needed to be patronized and blown up? Set the wayback to May 2009, when Rolling...

Army's New Fear: Media's Friendly Fire - Peter Spiegel, Wall Street Journal. According to U.S. military doctrine, in order to defeat an insurgency like the one in Afghanistan, commanders must engage...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Petraeus's burden 2) Expecting the unexpected Petraeus's burden Gen. David Petraeus now has the unenviable task of...

Well, we'll certainly be celebrating this 4th of July. But it doesn't look like we'll be high-fiving and declaring success on our June fundraising campaign.  We didn't...

Gen. David Petraeus' Strategy for Afghanistan: It Works - David Wood, Politics Daily. Lost in the furor over the disgraced Gen. Stanley McChrystal is this simple truth: The counterinsurgency...

Petraeus's Opportunity - Mark Moyar, Wall Street Journal opinion. The firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal has ended the career of an outstanding military leader and the only American to forge a close...

In Afghanistan, Petraeus Will Have Difficulty Replicating His Iraq Success - Thomas E. Ricks, Washington Post opinion. ... This is not a vote of no-confidence in Gen. David H. Petraeus, whom the...

Odierno to Use Combat Lessons to Develop Joint Doctrine By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, June 24, 2010 -- President Barack Obama's nominee for the top U.S. Joint Forces...

by Jason Thomas While participating in a Commander's briefing in March this year at the Tactical Operations Centres (TOC) on a US military Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Afghanistan, the XO...

This important item, speculated on in various forums, deserves to be bumped up and out of all the noise surrounding recent events. Concerning General Petraeus' new duties, The Army Times is...

Gen. David Petraeus' 3 Keys to Victory - Bing West, New York Daily News opinion. Gen. David Petraeus, who turned around a losing war in Iraq, is taking over as the commander in Afghanistan at an...

President Obama's Statement Today I accepted General Stanley McChrystal's resignation as commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. I did so with considerable regret,...

If Not the Marines, Then Who? - Roger S. Galbraith, Los Angeles Times opinion. In this age of sophisticated, cheap anti-ship missiles, I understand why one might question the need to assemble...

MISO: Is it Soup Yet? - Lawrence Dietz, PSYOP Regimental Blog. With lightning and a clap of thunder from the Pentagon, PSYOP is to be stricken from the Defense system just as the name Moses was...

Interesting if predictable developments today with GEN McChrystal being relieved by President Obama.  Er, I'm sorry, resigning.  And certainly an interesting move with GEN Petraeus...

President Obama's dismissal of Gen. Stanley McChrystal was not a surprise. The transfer of Gen. David Petraeus to Afghanistan is a surprise. Petraeus already has a critical full-time job as commander...