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Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change? ----- Crazy! I mean like so many...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Iran applies the Saddam method at the U.N. 2) How to avoid a space war. Iran applies the Saddam method at the U.N. On...

We're expanding our team. Can you help? We're looking to up the ante within this Small Wars Journal endeavor of ours.  As we continue our struggle toward world domination, we find ourselves...

A Nightmare's Prayer: A Marine Harrier Pilot's War in Afghanistan by Michael Franzak. Publisher's Description: The first Afghanistan memoir ever to be written by a Marine Harrier pilot, A Nightmare's...

Realism in Afghanistan: Rethinking an Uncertain Case for the War by Anthony Cordesman at CSIS. There is nothing more tragic than watching beautiful theories being assaulted by gangs of ugly facts....

State Department Creating Mini-army in Iraq - Associated Press via The Washington Times. The State Department is quietly forming a small army to protect diplomatic personnel in Iraq after U.S....

Muslim States Seek U.N. Action on West's "Islamophobia" - Reuters via The New York Times. Muslim states said Wednesday that what they call "islamophobia" is sweeping the West and its media and...

Los Angeles Times special online feature entitled Mexico Under Siege: The Drug War at Our Doorstep. And in this morning's Washington Times - Calderon Makes Appeal as Drug Violence Soars in Mexico by...

Top Officer Sees Military Caution as Backfiring - Jim Michaels, USA Today. Commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan have been reluctant to launch more secret operations because of an excess of caution...

Many thanks to Ilene Frank for maintaining MARAS: Gangs in Central America. A Bibliography. 50+ pages of resources for those interested in the topic.

The U.S. Air Force's professional journal Air & Space Power Journal has published "Colombia can teach Afghanistan (and the United States) how to win," a revised version of an essay I originally...

A Call to Action: Command Philosophy A few years ago, during a different surge, I visited a small Reconnaissance Squadron in the Diyala Province of Iraq. In their operations center was a sign that...

Continue on for the video recordings of the 10 June Center for a New American Security annual conference...

U.S. Discovers Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan - Jame Risen, New York Times. The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any...

Pakistan's ISI Military Intelligence Accused of Directly Funding Taleban - Jeremy Page, The Times. Pakistan's military intelligence agency directly funds and trains the Afghan Taleban and is...

A Rainbow in the Dark: The Stability and Security Center of Excellence - Major Michael M. Pecina (U.S. Army), U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2010. The 21st Century has been dubbed an...

Saudis Act Aggressively to Denounce Terrorism - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. When terrorists in the Middle East attack innocent civilians, observers in the West often ask a pained...

Defence Chief to be Axed - Michael Smith and Jonathan Oliver, The Times. Britain's most senior military officer is to be axed as the new government seeks to draw a line under past failures in...

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The International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan (ISAF) has a relatively new (18 April) Facebook page devoted to counterinsurgency training and education. While some of the material may seem...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The crack along the U.S.-Mexican border widens, 2) Gates and China practice finger-pointing. The crack along the U.S.-...

Johnny Cash Live at FOB San Quentin

West Point Faculty Member Worries it is Failing to Prepare Tomorrow's Officers - Major Fernando Lujan via Tom Ricks at Best Defense. I graduated from West Point in 1998, served several combat tours...

All Silent on the Lefty Front - Michael Cohen, The New Republic. Earlier this month, the Pentagon released a 152-page report outlining the increasingly grim situation in Afghanistan. The paper...

Via e-mail from the Human Security Report Project (HSRP): HSRP has launched its new website. It can be accessed at www.hsrgroup.org. The new website, which replaces four separate sites, is easy-to-...

DoD Media Roundtable with Gen. McChrystal NATO Headquarters in Brussels - 10 June 2010 (full transcript at the link) McChrystal: 'Governance Is Not Enough' - 10 June 2010 (full Radio Free Europe /...

General McChrystal: Kandahar Operation Will Take Longer - Craig Whitlock, Washington Post. The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is finding himself squeezed between a ticking clock and an enemy that...

The "Lone Guerrilla Paradox" and the Failure of COIN Doctrine in Afghanistan - Greg Grant, Defense Tech. The New York Times runs a story today from reporter Rod Nordland in Kandahar about the shift...

Shaping the Agenda: American National Security in the 21st Century - The Center for a New American Security will be live webcasting their 4th annual national security conference, 1330 - 1835 (EST),...

American Guerrilla: The Forgotten Heroics of Russell W. Volckmann-The Man Who Escaped from Bataan, Raised a Filipino Army Against the Japanese, and Became the True "Father" of Army Special Forces...