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Why Afghanistan Matters - Clifford D. May, Washington Times opinion. Eight years ago this week, Osama bin Laden watched and then celebrated as a terrorist attack he had authorized brought down the...

Hitting Bottom in Foggy Bottom - Matt Armstrong, Foreign Policy. The State Department suffers from low morale, bottlenecks, and bureaucratic inepititude. Do we need to kill it to save it?...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1. A U.S.-Gulf alliance against Iran? 2. Karzai has some thinking to do.

Many of those advocating drawing down from Afghanistan argue that we have been fighting in Afghanistan for eight years, and if we haven't won the war by now, we never will. The reality is that the...

A Miltary Review twofer on the military-media relationship: The Military-Media Relationship: A Dysfunctional Marriage? - Thom Shanker, New York Times, and Major General Mark Hertling, U.S. Army. In...

Ten years ago, the ideas about warfare expressed in General Krulak's email to George Will would have been merely disappointing. However, after eight years of war have we have learned many hard...

They tried to destroy us but they only made us stronger.

General Charles Krulak, 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps, responds to "Time to Get Out of Afghanistan" - a Washington Post op-ed by George Will in this e-mail. Here's the intro paragraph: I would...

Here is a collection of recent essays on China: Evan Medeiros of RAND wrote a book-length report on China's international behavior. Medeiros concludes that China is a status quo power. According to...

Worst Case Unfolding in Afghanistan? - Greg Grant, DoD Buzz. What if the entire US strategy in Afghanistan is based on a flawed premise? A counterinsurgency campaign is waged to defeat insurgents...

Obama's Afghan Hopes Meet Reality - Jim Hoagland, Washington Post opinion. The aftermath of Afghanistan's elections has been uglier and more consequential than the campaign that preceded the voting...

Pentagon Keeps Wary Watch as Troops Blog - James Dao, New York Times. ... There are two sides to the military's foray into the freewheeling world of the interactive Web. At the highest echelons of...

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' first interview with Al-Jazeera. More on Secretary Gates 4 September interview with Al-Jazeera: Secretary Gates Interview with Al Jazeera at the Pentagon -...

What is the greatest threat to U.S. security? The greatest threat to U.S. security is something that would upset the usefulness of the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE), the...

Crux of Afghan Debate: Will More Troops Curb Terror? - Eric Schmitt and Scott Shane, New York Times. ... most specialists on counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, inside and outside the government...

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Lieutenant Colonel North on Poppy By Allison Brown Everyone has read by now that Afghanistan's poppy production is down for the second year running because the farmgate price is too low for farmers...

Colonel Dave Maxwell; who sent along an earlier recommendation, see Ramping Up to Face the Challenge of Irregular Warfare; also recommends Cracking the Code on Measures of Effectiveness by Sergeant...

Ramping Up to Face the Challenge of Irregular Warfare - Lieutenant Colonel Mark Grdovic, Special Warfare. In the 1960s and again in the 1980s, the U.S. military experienced a revival of interest in...

Should Obama Go 'All In' On Afghanistan? - Andrew J. Bacevich, Los Angeles Times opinion. Back in January when he took office, Barack Obama had amassed a very considerable pile of chips. Events...

Who better to ask than Ryan Crocker for advice on what to do about Afghanistan? Crocker is a 37-year veteran of the Foreign Service and spent virtually his whole career in the Middle East and South...

This just released by the Institute for the Study of War: Building Security Forces and Ministerial Capacity: Iraq as a Primer by LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.). Full report here. Overview...

Last paragraph from Secretary of Defence Robert Gates' letter to Thomas Curley, President and Chief Executive Offer of The Associated Press, concerning the publication of a photograph of Lance...

The Afghanistan Abyss - Nicholas Kristof, New York Times opinion. President Obama has already dispatched an additional 21,000 American troops to Afghanistan and soon will decide whether to send...

A Stable Pakistan Needs a Stable Afghanistan - Frederick W. Kagan, Wall Street Journal opinion. Winning the war in Afghanistan - creating a stable and legitimate Afghan state that can control its...

In Afghanistan, Let's Keep It Simple - Ahmed Rashid, Washington Post opinion. For much of the 20th century before the Soviet invasion in 1979, Afghanistan was a peaceful country living in harmony...

Why We're Getting it Wrong in Afghanistan - Anthony King, Prospect. Writing in this month's Prospect, Stephen Grey details the political and military mistakes that have been made in Helmand. Perhaps...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1. Afghanistan and civil-military relations, 2. Communication breakdown.

From time to time we get asked about the image SWJ and SWC uses in the upper left hand corner of all the main pages... The image is called Tracking Bin Laden and was painted by U.S. Army Center of...

Can the US Lead Afghans? - Mark Moyar, New York Times opinion. The Afghanistan debate is increasingly focused on two words: troop numbers. Those numbers certainly deserve serious attention as...