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Photo by CPT Nick Dubaz, U.S. Army. "Ooda Loop" at Maxwell Air Force Base. H/T Gulliver at Ink Spots.

Here's the fourth edition of Small Wars Journal's Saturday Night Quote (SWJ SNQ). Kudos to Colonel Phil Ridderhof. In the commentary section of SWJ Blog entry Marine Corps says, 'Damn the G-RAMM,...

Twenty years ago today was the official start of America's troubles with Iraq. Operation Desert Shield, a large-scale deployment of U.S., European, and Arab troops to Saudi Arabia, began on August 7...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: ------ Writing in Small Wars Journal, Gregory Conti and Jen Easterly, both U.S. Army lieutenant colonels, discussed the problems the...

The Future of the U.S. Armed Forces is the theme of the current issue of The American Interest. Here's the lineup: Presidents and Their Generals: A Conversation with Eliot Cohen - Q&A. When...

Two good reads at the US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute: Organizing To Compete in Political Terrain by Dr. Nadia Schadlow. In this analysis, the author identifies some of...

UPDATE: Undersecretary of the Navy Robert Work sent me a response to this essay. You will find his response in the comments below. ---------------- Yesterday I attended a presentation at the Center...

Significant Challenges in Iraq Remain Despite "End" Of U.S. Combat - Center for a New American Security Despite the "end" of U.S. combat in Iraq -- as announced by President Obama yesterday --...

ISAF Commander Issues Updated Tactical Directive - ISAF news release dated 4 August 2010. International Security Assistance Force Commander, General David Petraeus has issued his updated Tactical...

Nation-building, Stability Operations and Prophylactic COIN - Dr. Adam Shilling, PKSOI Perspectives. The Army is abuzz with the concepts surrounding counterinsurgency (COIN), stability operations...

U.S. Army War College Guide to National Security Issues, Vol I: Theory of War and Strategy, 4th Edition - Dr. J. Boone Bartholomees Jr., U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. This...

CSAF's Vector: The Way Ahead - U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton A. Schwartz. Many of you have asked me about the future of our Air Force, so I want to take this opportunity to provide...

In Kandahar, U.S. Tries the Lessons of Baghdad - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. This city is starting to feel a lot like Baghdad. Tall concrete blast walls, like those that surround the...

Defense Department Launches 'Lessons Learned' Blog - Lee McMahon, Defense Media Activity via AFPS. For anyone who has served in the U.S. military, whether in uniform or as a family member, the...

General David Petraeus, Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, issued his Counterinsurgency Guidance on 1 August. Petraeus Puts Protecting People at Strategy's Center - Jim Garamone,...

Not trusting the Pentagon's staff to prepare a Quadrennial Defense Review that would be useful, the Congress established an independent panel of "wise men" to critique the QDR after its release. Last...

MoI Holds First Ever ANP Provincial Commanders Seminar - Clinton Atkins, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan Public Affairs. The Ministry of Interior, the branch of the Afghan government responsible...

Return of the Crazy Monkey - The Quatto Zone. This is probably my last post from Afghanistan, since I'm heading home soon. I'm past the 365-day mark, and even an invitation to stay on working for...

Here's the third edition of Small Wars Journal's Saturday Night Quote (SWJ SNQ). Kudos to Major Ronald T. Hinkle. In the commentary section of SWJ article Gun Control in Counterinsurgency MAJ...

Afghan Women and the Return of the Taliban - Aryn Baker, Time Afghan Women: Fearing a Taliban Future - Alissa Rubin, New York Times Afghan Women Fear Loss of Modest Gain - Alissa Rubin, New York...

Exit Under Way - Thomas Rid, Kings of War. ... [Steve] Coll said something noteworthy in his closing words on the war in Afghanistan. It may be repeated and quoted here. Keep in mind the context:...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Pakistan's game, 2) Are overseas bases worth the risk? Pakistan's Game Of all the players in the Afghan game, Pakistan...

Petraeus' COIN Guidance 'Prematurely Released' - Kate Brannen, Defense News. Soon after the new Afghan counterinsurgency guidance issued by U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus went up on two Internet...

Poll: Nearly 6 in 10 Pakistanis View U.S. as Enemy - Robert Burns, Associated Press.

by Christopher Paul The Department of Defense has decided to change the name of military psychological operations (PSYOP) and this is a good thing.  I make this assertion despite concerns about...

Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel - United States Institute of Peace Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel - Findings and recommendations of the Quadrennial Defense Review...

The United States strategy for succeeding in Afghanistan relies heavily on its ability to turn security responsibilities over to competent Afghan national security forces. An article in today's Wall...

Afghanistan Needs Local Politics, Not Local Militias - Joshua Foust and Paul Meinshausen, World Politics Review. As Gen. David Petraeus takes over the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan, he is right to...

Imminent Fury Update - Bill Gertz, Washington Times' Inside the Ring. For more background on recent light attack aircraft news see: Secret Program Works to Field SEAL Plane - Defense Tech U.S. Eyes...

Mullah Omar Orders Taliban to Attack Civilians, Afghan Women - Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio, Long War Journal. The battle for hearts and minds in Afghanistan has taken a new turn in the past two...