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Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Do we have the guts to enforce the new Iran sanctions? 2) Is Afghan development assistance making the problem worse? Do...

The New (and Old) Classics of Counterinsurgency - Laleh Khalili, Middle East Report. ... Counterinsurgency doctrine is interpreted, expanded and sometimes challenged in the proliferation of...

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has recommended General James Mattis, USMC to be the next commander of U.S. Central Command. Here is an excerpt from the DoD website: If confirmed by the Senate,...

Understanding Al Qaeda's True Center of Gravity A Book Review of: Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat, by Commander Youssef H. Aboul-Enein, USN Reviewed by: Malcolm...

We have received permission to post the French Army manual Doctrine for Counterinsurgency at the Tactical Level, dated April 2010. H/T Lieutenant Colonel Franí§ois de Jaburn, Troupes de Marine...

Reality, Strategy and Afghanistan: Some Questions - Mark Safranski, Zenpundit. Are all the strategic objectives in Afghanistan clearly defined and acheivable by military force? Of the operational...

Call for Papers: Grounded Projections for a Vision of Alternative Futures The Army Capabilities Integration Center's Future Warfare Division is sponsoring a symposium entitled Grounded Projections...

Counterinsurgency in Pakistan - Seth G. Jones and C. Christine Fair, Rand Monograph. Since 2001, Pakistan has undertaken a number of operations against militant groups, including al Qa'ida, that...

Middle East Studies at Marine Corps University invites you to a presentation by Mr. Haider Mullick, a Fellow at U.S. Joint Special Operations University and the Institute for Social Policy and...

A Warrior Ethos by Bing West at National Interest online.  Hat tip to Carl for sending this along: Bing West wrote a very good article/book review dated June 28, 2010.  Like all his...

Our June beg-a-thon has come to a graceful conclusion.  With the generous support of a committed core group of Small Warriors, we raised almost $10,000 -- $9,695 to be precise. On the one...

Gen. Petraeus Assumes Command of ISAF - SFC Matthew Chlosta , ISAF Public Affairs Office U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus emphasized the continuity of the counterinsurgency strategy as he assumed...

Pentagon Tightens Interview Rules - Voice of America U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered top military officials to inform the Pentagon before giving interviews to news media. The new...

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Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The Pentagon's entitlement spending problem, 2) The U.S. is a spectator at Afghanistan's end game. The Pentagon's...

What Really Happened at Wanat - Kirk Ross, Proceedings. Some press accounts have placed blame for M4 carbine malfunctions at the Battle of Wanat, Afghanistan, squarely on the weapon's manufacturer....

Center for Naval Analyses Workshop While the United States has focused on the role of Pakistan in Afghanistan, the role of India has remained largely overlooked. Since 2001, India has restored...

Joe Galloway - Steven Pressfield interview with the man who set the standard for today's journalists. You ask me to analyze what has always made me jump when others might pause. Tough question. I've...

President Obama's 2011 Deadline in Afghanistan Stirs Controversy Ravi Khanna Voice of America The change in the US military command in Afghanistan has brought to the forefront yet again the...

This week the American Enterprise Institute published an essay I wrote about containing and deterring Iran ("If war is not the answer"). The theme: An explicit U.S. security guarantee protecting...

Legitimizing Army Psychological Operations, by Alfred Paddock, Jr., was published earlier this year in Joint Force Quarterly and expands on Paddock's Small Wars Journal article PSYOP: On a Complete...

Afghanistan Tests Petraeus' Counterinsurgency Mettle - Jackie Northam, National Public Radio. Gen. David Petraeus' nomination as top U.S. commander in Afghanistan comes at a critical time. June has...

The Red Flag: A History of Communism by David Priestland. Published by Grove Press, New York.  655 pages, 2009.  Reviewed by Commander Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN  America's...

Opening Statement of General David H. Petraeus, Confirmation Hearing as Commander, ISAF/US Forces--Afghanistan on 29 June 2010. Mr. Chairman, Senator McCain, Members of the Committee, thank you for...

At a recent meeting with students at the Army's Command and General Staff College, Defense Secretary Robert Gates wondered out loud, "And the question is, since the Marines have essentially, both in...

General Hal Moore - Steven Pressfield interview with the General. I met General Hal Moore a few years ago, at a dinner in his honor in Los Angeles, around the time the movie We Were Soldiers was...

Spencer Ackerman has left the Washington Independent and, drum roll please, joined Noah and crew at Wired's Danger Room. Check out his first DR post concerning after 9 years of war in Afghanistan...

5 Questions for General Petraeus - Jed Babbin, Real Clear Politics. In a hastily-assembled hearing tomorrow, Gen. David H. Petraeus will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee as a...

The July/August 2010 issue of Foreign Affairs is now online and will be on newsstands June 29. Two items are of particular interest to our community of interest and practice. Please note that only...

A Look at Gen. Stanley McChrystal and Afghanistan - Charlie Rose interview. "The story of a President, 2 Generals, the future of a war and magazine story. The implications on the resignation of...