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The Summer 2010 issue of Parameters is now posted at the U.S. Army War College web site. Here is the lineup: War—Continuity in Change, and Change in Continuity by Colin S. Gray An Appraisal of...

An editorial in yesterday's Washington Post on the legality of targeted killings of terror suspects is an interesting pairing with my August 20 prediction in Foreign Policy that covert action,...

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USJFCOM to be Axed... Went to work, got a bit of bad news Went to work, got a bit of bad news Ol' Bobby G said here's your fate, gonna shut you down, gonna lock the gate Now we all have the Jiffy Com...

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Improving in War: Military Adaptation and the British in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 2006-2009 - Theo Farrella, Department of War Studies, King's College London, Journal of Strategic Studies. War...

Here's the seventh edition of Small Wars Journal's Saturday Night Quote (SWJ SNQ). Kudos to Robert C. Jones. In the commentary section of SWJ Blog entry "Afghanistan: It's Not Over" COL Jones had...

Understanding Sri Lanka's Defeat of the Tamil Tigers by Major Niel A. Smith, Joint Force Quarterly. After three decades of conflict, Sri Lanka's government defeated the ethnic separatist insurgent...

The Allure of Quick Victory: Lessons from Peru's Fight against Sendero Luminoso - Major Michael L. Burgoyne, Military Review. The decapitation of Sendero Luminoso (SL) in conjunction with the use of...

The latest issue of Joint Force Quarterly is now posted at National Defense University Press. Here's the lineup: JFQ Dialogue From the Chairman - Admiral Michael Mullen Letters to the Editor - JFQ...

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Petraeus Explains Afghanistan Strategy By John D. Banusiewicz American Forces Press Service KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2010 -- Progress in Afghanistan has been faster than expected in some respects...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Hoping for the best, planning for the worst in Iraq 2) How to fight an insurgency-cartel Hoping for the best, planning...

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Interesting documentary here, examining the delicate nature and hazards of tribal negotiations in Afghanistan.

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Col. Jim Crider, SWJ friend and current 3ID G3 Operations Officer in Iraq, shares his reflections on Operation Iraqi Freedom with The Louisville Courier-Journal in an article entitled Right Time for...

Growth of The Iraqi Security Forces DoD Live By Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero Along with most of you, I have been watching the ongoing political developments in Iraq closely, but what I've been...

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion links. Includes extensive coverage of "the end of U.S. combat operations" in Iraq.

Washington Post video: Obama declares that combat In Iraq is over. Remarks of President Barack Obama Oval Office Address on Iraq Washington, D.C. August 31, 2010 (As released by the White House) (...

While this specific letter is personal to me, it reflects many letters written and tears torn by countless leaders tonight. While SWJ will publish various essays on the bigger picture of Iraq...

Last Saturday evening, the Washington Post published an article on the U.S. Defense Department's still-evolving plans for how it intends to defend its computer networks from cyber attacks. Recalling...

Via Voice of America: "President Barack Obama will address the American people on Tuesday about the new advisory and training role for the U.S. military in Iraq. Mr. Obama's speech from the Oval...

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David Galula: His Life and Intellectual Context - Ann Marlowe, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. This monograph is based on interviews with David Galula's surviving family and...

"As U.S. troops leave Iraq, an officer honors the memory of a young interpreter" by Blake Hall in today's Washington Post. Blake Hall, a retired Army captain, led a reconnaissance platoon in Iraq...

Professionalization of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) is the key to setting the conditions for transition of security responsibility to the Afghans. Professionalism can only be created...