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Pakistan's ISI Military Intelligence Accused of Directly Funding Taleban - Jeremy Page, The Times. Pakistan's military intelligence agency directly funds and trains the Afghan Taleban and is...

A Rainbow in the Dark: The Stability and Security Center of Excellence - Major Michael M. Pecina (U.S. Army), U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 2010. The 21st Century has been dubbed an...

Saudis Act Aggressively to Denounce Terrorism - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. When terrorists in the Middle East attack innocent civilians, observers in the West often ask a pained...

Defence Chief to be Axed - Michael Smith and Jonathan Oliver, The Times. Britain's most senior military officer is to be axed as the new government seeks to draw a line under past failures in...

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The International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan (ISAF) has a relatively new (18 April) Facebook page devoted to counterinsurgency training and education. While some of the material may seem...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The crack along the U.S.-Mexican border widens, 2) Gates and China practice finger-pointing. The crack along the U.S.-...

Johnny Cash Live at FOB San Quentin

West Point Faculty Member Worries it is Failing to Prepare Tomorrow's Officers - Major Fernando Lujan via Tom Ricks at Best Defense. I graduated from West Point in 1998, served several combat tours...

All Silent on the Lefty Front - Michael Cohen, The New Republic. Earlier this month, the Pentagon released a 152-page report outlining the increasingly grim situation in Afghanistan. The paper...

Via e-mail from the Human Security Report Project (HSRP): HSRP has launched its new website. It can be accessed at www.hsrgroup.org. The new website, which replaces four separate sites, is easy-to-...

DoD Media Roundtable with Gen. McChrystal NATO Headquarters in Brussels - 10 June 2010 (full transcript at the link) McChrystal: 'Governance Is Not Enough' - 10 June 2010 (full Radio Free Europe /...

General McChrystal: Kandahar Operation Will Take Longer - Craig Whitlock, Washington Post. The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is finding himself squeezed between a ticking clock and an enemy that...

The "Lone Guerrilla Paradox" and the Failure of COIN Doctrine in Afghanistan - Greg Grant, Defense Tech. The New York Times runs a story today from reporter Rod Nordland in Kandahar about the shift...

Shaping the Agenda: American National Security in the 21st Century - The Center for a New American Security will be live webcasting their 4th annual national security conference, 1330 - 1835 (EST),...

American Guerrilla: The Forgotten Heroics of Russell W. Volckmann-The Man Who Escaped from Bataan, Raised a Filipino Army Against the Japanese, and Became the True "Father" of Army Special Forces...

Posted by Andrew Exum at Abu Muqawama: The State of COIN 2010: ... The critics of counterinsurgency have gotten better. Sure, there are still some yahoos out there whose criticisms can be safely...

Yesterday I attended a conference at the American Enterprise Institute that discussed the Indian government's plans to modernize its military forces. This subject has very large implications for the...

Obama Seeks to Reshape Intel Operations with Choice of Clapper - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. President Obama fired Adm. Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence last month...

Afghanistan Strategy Shifts to Focus on Civilian Effort - Rod Nordland, New York Times. The prospect of a robust military push in Kandahar Province, which had been widely expected to begin this...

Human Rights Watch Film Festival - New York's Lincoln Center - June 10-24 Via e-mail from Sterling Yee of Human Rights Watch: The Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to New York, 10-24 June....

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Via the Center for a New American Security The United States faces a myriad of challenges in the 21st century including fighting and paying for two wars, building America's economic strength, rising...

How one brigade turned Ramadi, Iraq's most violent city, into a model of stability. The riveting book by USA TODAY's Jim Michaels is scheduled for release June 22, 2010. A Chance in Hell: The...

U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe - Kevin Poulsen and Kim Zetter, Wired. Federal officials have arrested an Army intelligence analyst who boasted of giving classified U.S....

Today's New York Times featured a story by Dexter Filkins that described how millions of dollars the U.S. government is paying Afghan security contractors is very likely going to the Taliban. The...

WAR, Sebastian Junger, Twelve (New York), 2010. Review by Karaka Pend of Permissible Arms. On May 21, 2010, I saw Sebastian Junger speak on the subject of his book War. It was standing room...

Take a look at some recent posts over at MountainRunner.  Matt Armstrong observes the tangled web of inadequate terminology in The need for a national strategy on Communication and Engagement...

Time is on the Taliban's Side - Richard Beeston, The Times via The Australian. War is a dirty word in Afghanistan. Use it before US and British generals and you can expect frowns and headshakes. At...

Q&A: Is Israel's Naval Blockade of Gaza Legal? - Reuters. Israel has said it will continue a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip despite growing global pressure to lift the siege after a navy raid...