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The War Logs: "An archive of classified military documents offers an unvarnished view of the war in Afghanistan" - New York Times. More Massive Leak of Secret Files Exposes Truth of Occupation - The...

Top US Officer Says It's Time to Execute Afghan Plan - Al Pessin, Voice of America. The top U.S. military officer is on a visit to Afghanistan, where he says the coalition effort is in its execution...

In Afghanistan, Why Does Counterinsurgency Work in Some Places But Not Others? - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. Concerns COIN efforts in Nawa and Marja.

The International Herald Tribune and Daily Telegraph are reporting this morning that General David Petraeus "has decided that a full-scale military encirclement and invasion of Kandahar was not an...

The Great Myth: Counterinsurgency - Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus. There are moments that define a war. Just such a one occurred on June 21, when Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke and U.S....

"Caution and cynicism is safe, but soldiers don't want to follow cautious cynics. I'd do somethings in my career differently, but not many. I believed in people, and I still believe in them. I...

Female Suicide Bombers The New Threat in Afghanistan by Matthew P. Dearing Amidst the disarray following General McChrystal's interview with Rolling Stone, a much less reported but profound...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) China picks a foolish fight over the Yellow Sea. 2) The Army's next nightmare scenario China picks a foolish fight over...

Admiral Mullen: Afghanistan Can 'Turn' by Obama Deadline - Al Pessin, Voice of America. The top U.S. military officer says critics who claim it will take years to even have a chance to defeat the...

Counterinsurgency and Its Discontents - David Ucko, Kings of War. As I hear more voices join the chorus against counterinsurgency, both its theory and its practice, I get the sense that the '...

Intervention at Kabul Conference Transcript Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State Kabul, Afghanistan July 20, 2010 SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, Minister Rassoul. And I am honored to...

REMINDER: COIN Center Webcast - Thursday, 22 July 2010 at 10 A.M. Central. The US Army/USMC Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host Major Nathan Springer, U.S. Army: from 1000 CST, (1100 EST), (...

Colonel John J. 'Jack' McCuen - March 30, 1926 to July 18, 2010. Col. McCuen was an author, lecturer, business executive and a consultant on Irregular Warfare, Counterinsurgency and Hybrid War. He...

Afghanistan's New Minister of Interior: A Potential Game Changer - Dr. Mark Moyar, Orbis Operations. During the Obama administration's strategic review last year, the U.S. government and media paid...

Tom Ricks is keeper of the list.

The average response to the Washington Post's expose on the intelligence community's (IC) vast spending on counter-terrorism seems to be a shrug -- if the Washington Beltway responded to 9/11 with a...

Victory Has a Thousand Fathers: Sources of Success in Counterinsurgency - Christopher Paul, Colin P. Clarke, and Beth Grill; Rand Monograph. Insurgency has been the most prevalent form of armed...

What to Make of 'Top Secret America?' - Joshua Foust, PBS. ... While more than a few journalists have tracked the intelligence community over the years, most have focused only on contracting and...

DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE WASHINGTON, DC 20511 July 19, 2010 Acting Director of National Intelligence, David C. Gompert, reaction to the Washington Post series. This morning, the Washington...

Counterinsurgency by Dr. David Kilcullen, reviewed by Basil and Spice. ... At the heart of Counterinsurgency is Kilcullen's legendary "Twenty-Eight Articles." In it, he shows company leaders how to...

No Narrative in Helmand Campaign - John Mackinlay, Kings of War. ... The Taliban are fighting for their lives, and for some time have been completely aware that the effective build up of the ANA is...

The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) 2011 Research Topics list is intended to guide research projects for Professional Military Education (PME) students, JSOU faculty, research...

Taliban and Hells Angels: Same Difference - Jason Thomas, The Interpreter. In many respects, the war against the Taliban is no different to a war on gangs such as the Hells Angels. Both rely on a...

Here's the second edition of Small Wars Journal's Saturday Night Quote (SWJ SNQ). Kudos to Red Rat and Ken White. On the Small Wars Council thread entitled The UK in Afghanistan (a thread that began...

Afghanistan Journal: Local Troop Training Fast-Tracked as U.S. Drawdown Looms - David Wood, Politics Daily. With a full-throated roar, 2,000 proud new Afghan soldiers swung across a parade ground in...

National Security Professional Development Symposium Executive Order 13434, issued in direct response to lessons learned from 9/11, Katrina and other disasters that have threatened our national...

Understanding the Human Terrain: Key to Success in Afghanistan by Andrew Garfield General Petraeus, in his recent Senate Confirmation Hearing, reminded everyone that in Afghanistan, as in Iraq, "the...

Previously posted at SWJ on 11 April 2010: Tribal engagement in Afghanistan is an increasingly hot topic among U.S. Government, academia, the think tank community and the blogosphere. ...

Karzai Approves Plan to Keep Taliban Out of Villages By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 14, 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has approved a program that will set up...

Gen. Petraeus Considers Expanding Afghan Village Forces - NPR interview with Dr. David Kilcullen. "General David Petraeus is settling in as President Obama's top man in Afghanistan. Petraeus and his...