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We are working on something that requires a narrative of Small Wars Journal's impact. We have our own ideas, but would like yours -- to confirm, expand, or adjust our own assessment. While we always...

In Afghanistan, the Clock is Ticking - George Will, Washington Post opinion. The ticking clock does not disturb the preternatural serenity that Gen. David H. Petraeus maintains regarding Afghanistan...

Book Series Launch: Decisionmaking in Operation Iraqi Freedom May 6, 2010 Reserve Officers Association Washington, DC, United States Open to the General Public Registration Fee: None Was the Iraq...

During his speech yesterday to the Navy League, Defense Secretary Robert Gates wondered, "Do we really need eleven carrier strike groups for another 30 years when no other country has more than one...

U.S. to Send Trainers to Afghanistan as Stopgap - Thom Shanker, New York Times. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has signed an order sending 850 more American military personnel to Afghanistan as a...

Gates: Sea Services Must Question Embedded Thinking By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., May 3, 2010 -- The Navy and Marine Corps are going to have to question some...

SWJ friend, and sometimes critic, Joshua Foust has a new home at PBS. Foust, along with Dan Ariely and Jessa Crispin, are the Voices at PBS' Need to Know. Best of luck to you! Joshua's first post is...

German Troops Face Pitched Battles in Afghanistan as Insurgency Spreads - Tom Coghlan, The Times. German troops are fighting the first pitched battles witnessed by the Bundeswehr since 1945 in the...

The Dangers of Embedded Journalism, in War and Politics - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. The American news media has made great use in recent years of a practice called embedding, in which...

"The Slide" Dynamic Planning for COIN in Afghanistan - The Entire Brief And a blast from last year by our good friend LCol John Malevich at the COIN Center.

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Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The Pentagon sends mixed messages into space, 2) Does defending a village mean undermining Karzai? The Pentagon sends...

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Expeditionary Economics: Spurring Growth After Conflicts and Disasters - Carl J. Schramm, Foreign Affairs. Washington's approach to rebuilding economies devastated by conflicts and natural disasters...

Continue on for three recent articles of interest in Armed Forces Journal...

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cAfghanistan Stability Chartwww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party Afghanistan Stability Chart The military...

Commentary in today's Washington Times: Fall of Saigon Revisited - Editorial Slow Going on the Path Toward Democracy - Baoky N. Vu Culture Clash and Communication Failure - Nguyen Ngoc Linh Ignoring...

Afghanistan and Obama: Transparency, Credibility and a Long War - Anthony H. Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies. It has been over a year since President Obama announced the...

All transcripts from the 21 April Emerald Express Strategic Symposium are now posted at the Marine Corps University web page. This latest EE entitled, Afghanistan: The Way Ahead, was a one-day...

H/T to Crispin Burke at Wings over Iraq for pointing us to Actually, the Army Kind of Likes Your Blog by Noah Shachtman at Danger Room. You'd think all the criticism from left-wing websites like the...

Interesting and thought provoking 23 April piece by Michael Cohen at Democracy Arsenal - Kandahar Cluster**** Watch - The You Can't Make This Stuff Up Version. Over the last few days I've written...

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Pakistani Army Officer Training Visit - Small Wars Journal. On the 21st of April, the COIN Center hosted a delegation of the Pakistani Army in support of US Army Central Command and Office of...

We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint - Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the leader of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was shown a PowerPoint slide in...

Anthony Cordesman recently posted his report The Gulf Military Balance in 2010 at the CSIS website. This report (still in working draft form) is a graphical data dump and narrative discussion of...

Matt Gallagher, author of Kaboom, offers up some commentary and advice on the current milblog flap surrounding Michael Yon's recent Facebook postings. Posted on Gallagher's Kerplunk blogsite. If...

U.S. Training Afghan Villagers to Fight the Taliban - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. Taliban fighters used to swagger with impunity through this farming village, threatening to assassinate...

It Takes the Villages - Dr. Seth Jones, Foreign Affairs. Current efforts to stabilize Afghanistan are based on a misunderstanding of the country's culture and social structure. As three new books...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Have the U.S. military's unconventional warriors defined themselves out of a job? 2) If you can't know the future, how do...

How Insurgencies End - Ben Connable and Martin C. Libicki, Rand. This study tested conventional wisdom about how insurgencies end against the evidence from 89 insurgencies. It compares a...