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Has Afghanistan Aid 'Failed'? - Sydney J. Freedberg Jr., National Journal. An article in the latest issue of the Army War College's official journal, Parameters, fires a shot across the bow of the...

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Inside the Ring - Bill Gertz, Washington Times. U.S. intelligence agencies have obtained a Chinese military book that will provide new insights into the Chinese military's information-warfare plans...

Some wonderful Real Politik analysis by Tony Cordesman over at CSIS in Israel as a Strategic Liability? that we received in their Web Flash mailing. Israel should be sensitive to the fact that its...

Two must reads that we have neglected to visit (and link to) as often as we should; Kings of War (King's College) and The Interpreter (Lowy Institute).

America's Strategic Poker Face - Michael Gerson, Washington Post opinion. ... It is commonplace to assert that there are economic foundations of national power. It is shameless to use a national...

Counterinsurgency 3.0 - Peter Charles Choharis and James A. Gavrilis, Parameters. After eight years of war, more than 907 Americans dead and 4,400 wounded, and $227 billion in aid from the United...

Michael Yon's War - D.B. Grady, The Atlantic. It began with a bridge. On the morning of March 1, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated on Tarnak River Bridge near Kandahar,...

To go beyond MSM reporting on the IDF's boarding of Gaza flotilla vessels see Information Dissemination, CDR Salamander, FP Passport, Politico, The Interpreter, Schmedlap, Abu Muqawama, Zenpundit,...

Shoot at American Patrol. Get Shot. Ditch Rifle. Ask Patrol for Bandage. Repeat? - C.J. Chivers, New York Times. ... This is the bizarre world of Afghan war, where both sides know the rules and...

America is Still the Best Guarantor of Freedom and Prosperity - Max Boot, Los Angeles Times opinion. The U.S. still possesses unprecedented power projection capabilities, and just as important, it...

It's Memorial Day -- time to look back and reflect on what so many have given to get us to where we are.  In practice, it's also the unofficial start of summer and the time to look...

Memorial Day, for a Father Whose Son was Killed in Iraq - Andrew J. Bacevich, Los Angeles Times. Where I grew up in the Midwest during the 1950s and early '60s, Memorial Day was no more about...

HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868 I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise...

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To Join the Army's Old Guard, Iraq War Veteran Learns to Sweat the Small Stuff - Christian Davenport, Washington Post. That ceremonial, iconic role makes it essential for Old Guard leaders to choose...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Can't we already write the December Afghanistan strategy review? 2) The new War Plan Orange. Can't we already write the...

COIN Spring Symposium, Interim Report - US Army / US Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center. The US Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center hosted its 2010 Counterinsurgency (COIN) Symposium...

The Center for a New American Security's national security experts released statements today regarding the Obama Administration's National Security Strategy: Continue on for the statements...

Today the Administration is released the National Security Strategy that "lays out a strategic approach for advancing American interests, including the security of the American people, a growing U.S...

Today the Obama administration rolls out its National Security Strategy (my Foreign Policy colleague Josh Rogin got the pre-release document). The new National Security Strategy (NSS) has the...

President Obama's National Security Strategy Looks Beyond Military Might - Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. Military superiority is not enough to maintain U.S. strength and influence in the world,...

Olson: Counterinsurgency Ops Should 'Involve Countering the Insurgents' - John T. Bennett, Defense News. The U.S. military's counterinsurgency tactics increasingly place too much emphasis on...

Gates Orders Services To Adopt McChrystal's COIN Standards - John T. Bennett, Defense News. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has directed the U.S. military services to adopt a set of counterinsurgency...

From Navy Office of Information WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Similar to the collaborative signing of the Maritime Strategy, "A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower," the Chief of Naval Operations...

U.S. Is Said to Order Further Clandestine Military Action - Mark Mazzetti, New York Times. The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military...

Americans Outgunned by Taleban's AK47s - Michael Evans, The Times. The future of the standard issue infantry rifle used by American troops in Afghanistan is under review amid concerns that it is the...

We all are aware that war leads to difficult situations. In regard to detainees, we've seen terrorists released only to strike again. Yet in the interest of justice we are concerned about detaining...

President Nominates New USJFCOM Commander - U.S. Joint Forces Command PAO Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced today that President Barack Obama has nominated U. S. Army Gen. Raymond T....

General James Mattis Q&A - Vago Muradian, Defense News. Q. What are the real lessons of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars? A. War is a human endeavor, a social problem, and we have modest...