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U.S., Taliban Not Ready For Afghanistan Peace Talks by David Wood, Huffington Post. BLUF: "... prospects for peace talks seem remote, and international diplomats and others say any actual settlement...

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Defining U.S. National Security Interests in Afghanistan by T.J. Buonomo On 15 March 2011, General Petraeus testified at length on the situation in Afghanistan before the Senate Armed Services...

As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Mt. Vernon, VA, Thursday, April 14, 2011 National Library for the Study of George Washington Groundbreaking Ceremony Click through for the full...

AfPak Border Enemy Counter-Attack The AfPak border areas of Kunar and Nuristan Provinces continue to remain significant challenges to the ISAF effort in Afghanistan providing both safehavens for...

In his speech yesterday on the U.S. government's debt problem, President Barack Obama called on the Defense Department to make a bigger contribution to the solution. The president said, Over the...

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Obama Wants Defense Review, $400 Billion in Cuts Al Pessin Voice of America The Pentagon says President Barack Obama's desire to find $400 billion over the next 12 years in additional defense...

General Martin E. Dempsey in Four Slides. BLUF: "Every morning on the way to work, I walk past the pictures of all the former Chiefs, and then I drive past row after row of the headstones in...

Empire Challenge 11 (EC11) Planning Continues as Event Nears EC11, an annual joint and coalition ISR interoperability demonstration, will run May 23 - June 3 at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and at...

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At the risk of seriously degrading office productivity everywhere, I bring to your attention the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) latest request for help. DARPA wants you to help it...

Task Force "No Slack," 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st BCT, 101st Airborne Division assaults into Taliban safehavens as the spring fighting season begins

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We don't need no education We don't need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom Teachers leave them kids alone Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone! All in all it's just another brick in...

An Evaluation of Counterinsurgency as a Strategy for Fighting the Long War by Lieutenant Colonel Baucum Fulk, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute Letort Papers, 21 March 2011....

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States of Conflict: An Update -- New York Times op-chart by Ian Livingston, Heather Messera, Michael O'Hanlon and Amy Unikewicz. "Leaving aside all the new conflicts in the Middle East, how are our...

CAAT in Support of Transition: Embedding with the Afghan National Army in Zabul by the Counterinsurgency Advisory & Assistance Team, International Security Assistance Force, is a March 2011...

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Win, Learn, Focus, Adapt, Win Again The scrimmage should be as hard as the game. By General Martin E. Dempsey, US Army "This compilation of writings by General Dempsey—six articles published...

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DOD Releases Unified Command Plan 2011 The Department of Defense released today the updated the Unified Command Plan (UCP), a key strategic document that establishes the missions, responsibilities,...

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Who will win the Libyan stalemate? Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) How to play the stalemate in Libya 2) Afghan skeptics prepare to take over in...

The Flexibility of Conventional Warfare by Adam Elkus at Huffington Post. BLUF: "For thinkers looking at the future of warfare, Libya's "Toyota warfare" is an important data point suggesting a future...

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' Q&A with soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division's 4th Advise and Assist Brigade working in U.S. Division North. Continue on for related articles.

It may be the top personnel priority of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs -- but is the AfPak Hands program flopping? By Tom Ricks at his Foreign Policy blog Best Defense. BLUF: "Most striking was an...

The US Army COIN Center is pleased to host Dr. Mark Moyar who will conduct two webcasts on key COIN topics: "Leadership in COIN" and "Development in Afghanistan's Counterinsurgency: A New Guide."...

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