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In Afghanistan’s Garmser District, Praise for a U.S. Official’s Tireless Work by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. BLUF: Afghan officials and U.S. commanders credit Malkasian...

The academic debate of enemy-centric, population-centric, leader-centric, and economic- centric counterinsurgency minimizes the complexities of the conflict and detracts from working towards...

Foreign Fights Need Training, Not Troops by Marcus Weisgerber, Defense News. BLUF: The U.S. is more likely to increase foreign assistance to nations such as Yemen and Somalia in the future...

How do we succesfully exit Afghanistan?

NATO: Afghanistan Raids by US Commandos Nearly Triple Since '09 at Stars and Stripes. BLUF: “US forces in Afghanistan have almost tripled the frequency of commando raids launched...

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Tough week plus at SWJ and I'm sure our readership has had some real frustrations with our inability to maintain a stable site.  It appears to be "almost behind us now", knock on...

Former Marine Corporal to be Awarded Medal of Honor by Joby Warrick and Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. BLUF: A former Marine corporal who repeatedly braved enemy fire in attempting to rescue four...

My column this week at Foreign Policy discusses how the U.S. is helping Mexico avoid the "Escobar Scenario." It also wonders whether China is —to accept a "win-win"...

Counterinsurgency Scorecard Says Afghan War Could Go Either Way by Nancy Montgomery, Stars and Stripes. BLUF: “A Rand study of 30 insurgencies worldwide between 1978 and 2008 concluded...

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Better understanding Al Qaeda's narrative can provide a more efficient strategy for the War on Terror.

This is harder than it should be.

Is current US foreign policy in need of mental health intervention?

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Spin Machine by Major William B. Taylor, Armed Forces Journal. BLUF: “The coalition is desperate to demonstrate success in any form in order to generate momentum for continued political...

From the ISAF Website:   ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan 2011-08-S-025  For Immediate Release     KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 10, 2011) – Coalition...

Author expands on Propaganda of the Deed.

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Lesson of Afghanistan Crash Is Not to Rush for Exit by Mark Moyar, Bloomberg. BLUF: “The destruction of a single helicopter tells us nothing about who is winning the war. The larger...

There is a popular narrative regarding Somalia that no successful humanitarian operation can be conducted there. Like all narratives, this one exists to tell a complex story in simple terms; as...

Over the next four weeks the US Army COIN Center will feature guests discussing key aspects of FM 3-24.

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My latest, Men at War: Come Home with Your Shield, or On It.

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Immediate issues in our far-from-elegant platform transition. And we thought the whole OIF Phase 4 thing was a mess.  Jeez!

Defense Spending in Washington Spotlight by Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle. BLUF: “Two Californians will be central to the outcome (US defense budget future). One is House Minority...

The pictures of starving Somalis are back. Not since the horrific famine and infamous Black Hawk down incident of the early 1990s has a Horn of Africa country dominated so much attention.