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Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The Pentagon's entitlement spending problem, 2) The U.S. is a spectator at Afghanistan's end game. The Pentagon's...

What Really Happened at Wanat - Kirk Ross, Proceedings. Some press accounts have placed blame for M4 carbine malfunctions at the Battle of Wanat, Afghanistan, squarely on the weapon's manufacturer....

Center for Naval Analyses Workshop While the United States has focused on the role of Pakistan in Afghanistan, the role of India has remained largely overlooked. Since 2001, India has restored...

Joe Galloway - Steven Pressfield interview with the man who set the standard for today's journalists. You ask me to analyze what has always made me jump when others might pause. Tough question. I've...

President Obama's 2011 Deadline in Afghanistan Stirs Controversy Ravi Khanna Voice of America The change in the US military command in Afghanistan has brought to the forefront yet again the...

This week the American Enterprise Institute published an essay I wrote about containing and deterring Iran ("If war is not the answer"). The theme: An explicit U.S. security guarantee protecting...

Legitimizing Army Psychological Operations, by Alfred Paddock, Jr., was published earlier this year in Joint Force Quarterly and expands on Paddock's Small Wars Journal article PSYOP: On a Complete...

Afghanistan Tests Petraeus' Counterinsurgency Mettle - Jackie Northam, National Public Radio. Gen. David Petraeus' nomination as top U.S. commander in Afghanistan comes at a critical time. June has...

The Red Flag: A History of Communism by David Priestland. Published by Grove Press, New York.  655 pages, 2009.  Reviewed by Commander Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN  America's...

Opening Statement of General David H. Petraeus, Confirmation Hearing as Commander, ISAF/US Forces--Afghanistan on 29 June 2010. Mr. Chairman, Senator McCain, Members of the Committee, thank you for...

At a recent meeting with students at the Army's Command and General Staff College, Defense Secretary Robert Gates wondered out loud, "And the question is, since the Marines have essentially, both in...

General Hal Moore - Steven Pressfield interview with the General. I met General Hal Moore a few years ago, at a dinner in his honor in Los Angeles, around the time the movie We Were Soldiers was...

Spencer Ackerman has left the Washington Independent and, drum roll please, joined Noah and crew at Wired's Danger Room. Check out his first DR post concerning after 9 years of war in Afghanistan...

5 Questions for General Petraeus - Jed Babbin, Real Clear Politics. In a hastily-assembled hearing tomorrow, Gen. David H. Petraeus will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee as a...

The July/August 2010 issue of Foreign Affairs is now online and will be on newsstands June 29. Two items are of particular interest to our community of interest and practice. Please note that only...

A Look at Gen. Stanley McChrystal and Afghanistan - Charlie Rose interview. "The story of a President, 2 Generals, the future of a war and magazine story. The implications on the resignation of...

Will There be an Afghanistan Syndrome? - Eliot A. Cohen, Washington Post opinion. ... The rise and fall of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal -- whom President Obama dismissed Wednesday as commander of the...

Mullen Says the Military Still Needs the Media - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. For the military, it's like a grisly death in the family: How did Gen. Stanley McChrystal, one of the most...

Endless War, a Recipe for Four-star Arrogance - Andrew J. Bacevich, Washington Post opinion. Long wars are antithetical to democracy. Protracted conflict introduces toxins that inexorably corrode...

Military Disturbed by Rapid Turnover at Top in Afghan, Iraq Wars - Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. Since 2001, a dozen commanders have cycled through the top jobs in Iraq, Afghanistan and the U.S....

Afghan Overture to Taliban Aggravates Ethnic Tensions - Dexter Filkens, New York Times. The drive by President Hamid Karzai to strike a deal with Taliban leaders and their Pakistani backers is...

Can Counterinsurgency Work in Afghanistan? Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 12:00 - 1:30 PM, at the Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. The U.S. military in Afghanistan has been trying to follow best...

Afghanistan War: Top Three Challenges Facing General Petraeus - Dan Murphy, Christian Science Monitor. Gen. David Petraeus, the commander viewed by some in Washington as the man who single-handedly...

Jules Crittenden remembers when: ... Rolling Stone thought counterinsurgency was cool, as opposed to something that needed to be patronized and blown up? Set the wayback to May 2009, when Rolling...

Army's New Fear: Media's Friendly Fire - Peter Spiegel, Wall Street Journal. According to U.S. military doctrine, in order to defeat an insurgency like the one in Afghanistan, commanders must engage...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Petraeus's burden 2) Expecting the unexpected Petraeus's burden Gen. David Petraeus now has the unenviable task of...

Well, we'll certainly be celebrating this 4th of July. But it doesn't look like we'll be high-fiving and declaring success on our June fundraising campaign.  We didn't...

Gen. David Petraeus' Strategy for Afghanistan: It Works - David Wood, Politics Daily. Lost in the furor over the disgraced Gen. Stanley McChrystal is this simple truth: The counterinsurgency...

Petraeus's Opportunity - Mark Moyar, Wall Street Journal opinion. The firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal has ended the career of an outstanding military leader and the only American to forge a close...