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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...

Clearing the Final Hurdle: Synthesizing Afghan, US Efforts on the Ground - Major Nate Springer, USA and USMC Counterinsurgency Center Blog. I had a unique opportunity last month (MAR10) to attend...

In a multi-part series on the subject of risk, John Dickerson of Slate interviews General James Mattis, USMC. Dickerson's essay, with themes familiar to the SWJ audience, discusses the paradoxes of...

Continue on for the low-down on two new books on counterinsurgency...

Politics and Power in Kandahar - Carl Forsberg, Institute for the Study of War. From the ISW press release: As US, NATO and Afghan allies prepare for a new military offensive in Kandahar province...

Tanks for the Memories: What Sort of Training Does the Army Need to Focus On? - Tom Ricks, Best Defense at Foreign Policy. By chance, when I reached into my ragged black Land's End bag for my "...

Michael Yon's recent post on his Facebook page regarding the end to his embed is causing a stir in the milblog community: McChrystal's crew has declared an information war on me. No...

The Death of the Armor Corps - Gian Gentile, Small Wars Journal Is the Army's Armor Branch Defunct? - Tom Ricks, Best Defense COINtras Off Their Game - Starbuck, Wings Over Iraq COIN and Hybrid War:...

Helping Others Defend Themselves: The Future of U.S. Security Assistance - Robert M. Gates, Foreign Affairs. The United States will continue to face security threats from failed states, writes...

The past 8+ years of war has taught us many things as an Army. One particular lesson we've learned is that decentralized threats are best countered by also decentralizing our own capabilities. To...

The weekend's big news was the New York Times leak of some details from Defense Secretary Robert Gates's January memo to James Jones, expressing Gates's concern that the Obama administration didn't...

Social Scientists Do Counterinsurgency - Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker. ... But if "global war" isn't the right approach to terror what is? Experts on terrorism have produced shelves' worth of new...

Want to Read Arab News in English? Here's How. - Tom A. Peter, Christian Science Monitor. Despite a post-9/11 surge of Westerners learning Arabic, the world's fifth-most-spoken language, English and...

COIN and Hybrid War: The Demise of Armor? - Judah Grunstein, World Politics Review. ... two other items serve as anecdotal illustrations of what I've previously flagged as another consequence of...

Taliban Targets U.S. Contractors Working on Projects in Afghanistan - Joshua Partlow, Washington Post. The Taliban has begun regularly targeting U.S. government contractors in southern Afghanistan,...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Could a Chinese security guarantee end the standoff with Iran? 2) Hezbollah's Scuds provide a test case for Obama's...

The Tribal Engagement Workshop page has been updated with several new papers and non-SWJ blog posts written as post-event products. The final Considerations for Tribal Engagement: A Summary of the...

This morning, U.S. soldiers departed Afghanistan's Korengal Valley for the last time. This valley, located northeast of Jalalabad and just 20 miles or so from Pakistan, is perhaps the bitterest...

Tribal engagement is the most viable option we have for changing the tide of the war in Afghanistan. Tribes, though weakened by decades of war and social unrest, remain the defining local...

The Economic Imperative: Stabilizing Afghanistan through Economic Growth, by Center for a New American Security CEO Nathaniel Fick and Institute for State Effectiveness CEO Clare Lockhart, argues...

Here's a great resource from Harvard's Belfer Center providing the essential background -- a "list of key facts and figures about nuclear security and terrorists' attempts to acquire nuclear...

The True Fiasco Exposed by Wikileaks - Matt Armstrong, MountainRunner. You are probably already familiar with the Wikileaks-edited video released April 5 of the 2007 airstrike in which a number of...

"There are people alive today as a direct result of what Milbloggers do each and every day" --Gary Cagle of Team Rubicon. Military bloggers gathered in Arlington, VA this weekend for the 5th...

COIN/SO/SFA SITREP, March 2010 - US Army/US Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center Director's Comments: During the March 2010 Train the Trainer Course (T3C) at the COIN Training Center-Afghanistan (...