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Where We're Good: Why violent extremist organizations don't really operate with impunity by Greg Grimes A great deal of ink has been spilled on highlighting the difficulties in fighting global...

PB Outcast: Thoughts on Operating a Successful Squad-Sized Patrol Base in Afghanistan by Capt Luis R. Perez Marine Corps Gazette The location of your patrol base (PB) is arguably the single most...

Getting It Right:10 Problems with the Afghan Campaign by Dan Green Armed Forces Journal International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commander Gen. David H. Petraeus often talks about getting the "...

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West Point's Combating Terrorism Center has released a Special Issue of the CTC Sentinel on the death of Usama bin Ladin. The new issue can be found here. The Special Issue contains the following...

The Navy Seal Who Killed Osama Bin Laden from Rob Riggle

Don't Kill Gaddafi by Patrick McKinney In the early hours of April 15, 1986, American and allied aircraft launched raids against Libyan military targets and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's compound. In...

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Transitioning to Afghan-Led Counterinsurgency - Prepared statement by Dr. Seth Jones, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Hearing on Steps...

The Lawfulness of Killing Bin Laden by Butch Bracknell Much has been made of the recent revelations that Osama bin Laden was unarmed at the moment he was killed by U.S. special operations forces in...

Transition in Afghanistan - Prepared statement by Dr. David Kilcullen, President and CEO of Caerus Associates, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Hearing on Steps Needed for a Successful...

Long Term Goals for Afghanistan and Their Near Term Implications - Prepared statement by Dr. Stephen Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Hearing on...

From Roman Legions to Navy SEALs: Military Raiding and its Discontents by Adam Elkus The Atlantic The Osama bin Laden raid has been hailed as the centerpiece of a new style of "collaborative" warfare...

Professional Military Education: A Highly Peculiar Missing Link by Tom Clark If the Army Learning Concept is correct that we must out-think our opponents to win at competitive learning, then we are...

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The Porta-Potty Rock - Doctrine Man sighting at Carl Prine's Line of Departure. Find out where his next gig will be...

LAAR on a Bar Napkin by Aaron W. Clark There is much debate over whether the US Air Force should field a Light Attack Armed Reconnaissance (LAAR) aircraft for use in counterinsurgency (COIN)...

Maura O'Connor has the COIN Stars at Columbia Journalism Review. BLUF: "Counterinsurgency bloggers help set the Afghanistan agenda and ten COIN blogs to read." Coming soon to the History Channel,...

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With bin Laden dead, Islamabad's leverage over Washington may also be gone. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Bin Laden's death will change Washington --...

Just added to SWJ's blog roll: Wanted Dead or Alive. This blog by Benjamin Runkle is drawn from his book Wanted Dead or Alive: Manhunts from Geronimo to bin Laden (forthcoming in July from Palgrave...

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Beyond Measure by Mark Moyar, Wall Street Journal. Review of No Sure Victory: Measuring U.S. Army Effectiveness and Progress in the Vietnam War by Gregory A. Daddis. "In Vietnam, the U.S. had...

We All Were There by Professor Gene Kamena with Dr. Roy Houchin The twenty-four special operators assigned the mission to find and then capture or kill Osama Bin Laden did their jobs well. The...

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion links. Includes the latest on the U.S. military operation against Osama bin Laden. Keep the Roundup (the Journal, the Blog and the Council) Going AND Get...

Tom Ricks quotes "the likely next chairman of the JCS" on operational risk and career cowardice - excerpted from the May issue of the Marine Corps Gazette: "The enormous irony of the military...

Yesterday I was interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio. I discussed the raid on bin Laden's compound and what policy issues will now come under discussion in the raid's aftermath. Mary Habeck,...