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Revolutions Are Violent by Eric Cummings On Violence

How Do Societies Mend After Civil War?

The temptation to quantify war is strong, but often limits our understanding by overestimating our ability to measure progress

Instead of focusing on COIN versus CT, we need to view Afghanistan through the civil war lens

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Guns, Not Butter by David Betz Kings of War

CNAS John Nagl Stepping Down by Chris Frates National Journal  

和平崛起 .  Amitai Etzioni says its time to rethink our relationships.  We do not have to have a Cold War with China.

The Biggest Problem with American Foreign Policy by Michael Cummings On Violence

Iraq, the unravelling (Part LXVII) by Tom Ricks, The Best Defense

The SECDEF is looking at how to cut $480 billion from the Pentagon's bottom line

Seeking active participation from all small wars stakeholders

The switch to counterinsurgency, which involves more restraint by the military, was billed as a change that would save the U.S. mission, not primarily as a strategy to reduce civilian deaths.

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Paddy Ashdown claims that we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before.

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An Afghan investigative commission accused the American military Saturday of abuse at its main prison in the country, repeating President Hamid Karzai's demand that the U.S. turn over all...

Abandoning COIN would doom the U.S. military to irrelevance and impotence, write Christopher Sims and Fernando Luján. Not so, says Bing West; the U.S. will be much less ambitious in future...

Soldiers are like firefighters; they should be equipped, competent and be sent when a house burns in the neighbourhood.

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China calls on U.S. to move past Cold War mentality

The End of Victory in Warfare?  Think Again.

Why you would you fight a war if you didn’t want to win?

In my Foreign Policy column, I ponder Iran's calculations over the Strait of Hormuz. I also examine the risks inside Obama's new defense strategy.

After reading the Strategic Guidance released yesterday by the President and SECDEF, I was encouraged by it for the most part.  While this is not to be confused with a strategy, there is...

In an essay for Time, Captain Bingham Jamison, USMCR, himself an Iraq war veteran, remembers Spc David Emanuel Hickman, the last American to die in the Iraq war.

The U.S. Fifth Fleet just released a statement that described the rescue of 13 Iranian fishermen and their vessel, which pirates had held for at least 40 days.

Last October, US Intel report reveiled that foreign economic espionage worth billions of dollars is being driven by China and Russia

The Pentagon does not have a resource problem

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