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Via USNI: U.S. Naval Institute 2011 Member Ballot Announcement For all Members of the Naval Institute, In the 2011 annual ballot the Board of Directors has recommended an historic change to the...

Forty-Five Years of Frustration America's Enduring Dilemma of Fighting Insurgents with Airpower by Dr. Mark Clodfelter, Air and Space Power Journal BLUF: "The problem for American air chiefs-and...

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The March-April 2011 Edition of Military Review has been published. Here is the lineup with links to individual articles: Change 1 to Field Manual 3-0: The Way the Army Fights Today by Lieutenant...

Report Urges Rethink of U.S. Aid in Afghanistan (Canadian Press) and Ex-Pentagon Adviser Says U.S. Should Cut Afghan Aid (Associated Press) both point here: Development in Afghanistan's...

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Dr. Mark Moyar's Development in Afghanistan's Counterinsurgency: A New Guide, (c) 2011 Orbis Operations, LLC, is posted here with permission of the author. Continue on for the link and the...

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Information Operations doesn't do IO by MisoMan Mr. Michael Hastings of Rolling Stone Magazine, coupled with information provided by LTC Michael Holmes (an Information Operations Officer assigned to...

Mind Games: Why Rolling Stone's Article on the Military's Domestic PSYOP Scandal Gets it So Wrong by Matt Armstrong at Foreign Policy. BLUF: "... The original purpose of the Smith-Mundt Act was to...

Spring Fighting Season Looms In Afghanistan - NPR roundtable with C.J. Chivers, New York Times, John Nagl, Center for a New American Security, and Bing West, author of The Wrong War. Lead-in: "...

My (belated) analysis of Defense Secretary Robert Gates's speech last Friday at West Point. BLUF: "Gates's speech was a warning that the Army is about to get smaller, more intellectually challenging...

Gates On COIN: What Was Really Said? by David Ucko at Kings of War. BLUF: "The problem with the coverage of this speech is that it combines hedges and qualifying preambles from disparate parts of the...

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Military Officials Dispute Claim Army Unit Was Directed to Manipulate Senators - Jennifer Griffin and Justin Fishel, FOX News. "... Holmes was disgruntled because his original assignment to...

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Expanding Your Knowledge of Modern Arab Military Culture: Books on Arab Military Development and Experiences by CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN An understanding of the military roots of various...

Warning Against Wars Like Iraq and Afghanistan - Thom Shanker, New York Times. BLUF: "... it would be unwise for the United States to ever fight another war like Iraq or Afghanistan, and that the...

Libya's army has completely disintegrated in recent days. It was supposed to. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Qaddafi didn't need his army. He may not be...

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to cut nearly all funding to the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). This is a crying shame. Don't know what USIP does? Go here and find out....

Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators says Michael Hastings in Rolling Stone. My first take on the article boils down to this - Hastings did not write this story, Lieutenant...

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Al-Anbar Awakening, Iraqi Perspectives: From Insurgency to Counterinsurgency in Iraq 2004-2009 Edited by Colonel Gary Montgomery and CWO-4 Timothy McWilliams, USMCR. Published by the Marine Corps...

Top Stories / Items of Interest Arab League: Violence Against Protesters Must Come to an End - VOA Libya's Gadhafi Vows He Will Not Leave - Voice of America Qaddafi's Grip on Capital Tightens as...

Frontline reports on the revolution in Cairo.