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How one brigade turned Ramadi, Iraq's most violent city, into a model of stability. The riveting book by USA TODAY's Jim Michaels is scheduled for release June 22, 2010. A Chance in Hell: The...

U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe - Kevin Poulsen and Kim Zetter, Wired. Federal officials have arrested an Army intelligence analyst who boasted of giving classified U.S....

Today's New York Times featured a story by Dexter Filkins that described how millions of dollars the U.S. government is paying Afghan security contractors is very likely going to the Taliban. The...

WAR, Sebastian Junger, Twelve (New York), 2010. Review by Karaka Pend of Permissible Arms. On May 21, 2010, I saw Sebastian Junger speak on the subject of his book War. It was standing room...

Take a look at some recent posts over at MountainRunner.  Matt Armstrong observes the tangled web of inadequate terminology in The need for a national strategy on Communication and Engagement...

Time is on the Taliban's Side - Richard Beeston, The Times via The Australian. War is a dirty word in Afghanistan. Use it before US and British generals and you can expect frowns and headshakes. At...

Q&A: Is Israel's Naval Blockade of Gaza Legal? - Reuters. Israel has said it will continue a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip despite growing global pressure to lift the siege after a navy raid...

Counterterror Adviser John Brennan: A Forceful Voice on Obama's Security Team - Anne E. Kornblut, Washington Post. When President Obama wanted an investigation into the intelligence failures that...

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Small Wars Journal has kicked off our first fundraising campaign.  During June 2010, or more precisely through the 4th of July, we have a goal of raising $50,000 for Small Wars Foundation, the...

While these pages have seen more than a fair share of debate concerning the future of the US Army, little attention has been given concerning their "ground force" brethren in arms - the US Marine...

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The Big Squeeze - Gary Schmitt and Thomas Donnelly, Weekly Standard opinion. On the 65th anniversary of the Allied victory in Europe in early May, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates spoke at the...

America's Skewed National Security Priorities - Andrew J. Bacevich, Boston Globe opinion. When requirements are great and resources limited, setting the right priorities becomes essential. Yet...

Hat Tip to Phil Carter and Stu Herrington for bringing this U.S. Government Printing Office (Government Book Talk) book review to our attention. Interrogation: World War II, Vietnam, and Iraq is an...

U.S. 'Secret War' Expands Globally as SOF Take Larger Role - Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. Beneath its commitment to soft-spoken diplomacy and beyond the combat zones of Afghanistan...

Africa's Irregular Security Threats: Challenges for U.S. Engagement - Dr. Andre LeSage, Institute for National Security Studies at National Defense University. Key points follow: The United States...

Has Afghanistan Aid 'Failed'? - Sydney J. Freedberg Jr., National Journal. An article in the latest issue of the Army War College's official journal, Parameters, fires a shot across the bow of the...

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Inside the Ring - Bill Gertz, Washington Times. U.S. intelligence agencies have obtained a Chinese military book that will provide new insights into the Chinese military's information-warfare plans...

Some wonderful Real Politik analysis by Tony Cordesman over at CSIS in Israel as a Strategic Liability? that we received in their Web Flash mailing. Israel should be sensitive to the fact that its...

Two must reads that we have neglected to visit (and link to) as often as we should; Kings of War (King's College) and The Interpreter (Lowy Institute).

America's Strategic Poker Face - Michael Gerson, Washington Post opinion. ... It is commonplace to assert that there are economic foundations of national power. It is shameless to use a national...

Counterinsurgency 3.0 - Peter Charles Choharis and James A. Gavrilis, Parameters. After eight years of war, more than 907 Americans dead and 4,400 wounded, and $227 billion in aid from the United...

Michael Yon's War - D.B. Grady, The Atlantic. It began with a bridge. On the morning of March 1, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated on Tarnak River Bridge near Kandahar,...

To go beyond MSM reporting on the IDF's boarding of Gaza flotilla vessels see Information Dissemination, CDR Salamander, FP Passport, Politico, The Interpreter, Schmedlap, Abu Muqawama, Zenpundit,...

Shoot at American Patrol. Get Shot. Ditch Rifle. Ask Patrol for Bandage. Repeat? - C.J. Chivers, New York Times. ... This is the bizarre world of Afghan war, where both sides know the rules and...

America is Still the Best Guarantor of Freedom and Prosperity - Max Boot, Los Angeles Times opinion. The U.S. still possesses unprecedented power projection capabilities, and just as important, it...

It's Memorial Day -- time to look back and reflect on what so many have given to get us to where we are.  In practice, it's also the unofficial start of summer and the time to look...

Memorial Day, for a Father Whose Son was Killed in Iraq - Andrew J. Bacevich, Los Angeles Times. Where I grew up in the Midwest during the 1950s and early '60s, Memorial Day was no more about...