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Obama Makes a Surprise Visit to Afghanistan - Helene Cooper, New York Times. President Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan on Sunday, his first visit as commander in chief to the site of the...

Ayad Allawi's predominantly Sunni alliance won Iraq's national election, narrowly edging out Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's list to become the largest bloc in the country's next parliament, and...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Bargaining in Afghanistan will open up new fissures, 2) Killer drones: our friends today, our worst fear tomorrow....

Pentagon Revamps Afghanistan Deployments - Yochi Dreazen, Wall Street Journal. The Pentagon is revamping the way it deploys troops to Afghanistan, putting in place a new system that will return...

Holding Pakistan: The Second Phase of Pakistan's Counterinsurgency Operations - Haider Ali Hussein Mullick, Foreign Affairs. Summary: Conventional wars are won by capturing territory, but...

In my last SWJ blog entry, I introduced the Army Learning Concept 2015 being "championed" by the TRADOC G3. Following up on that post, I want to briefly highlight our discussions on this subject...

Gates Seeks Review of Information Programs - Craig Whitlock, Washington Post. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has ordered a review of the military's information operations programs in response to...

JFCOM Likes Navy IW Plane - Greg Grant, Defense Tech. The quest for a low-cost, low-tech, irregular warfare aircraft to provide ground pounders with long loitering, on-call recon and strike got a...

Every so often Small Wars Journal receives master theses or articles based on a master thesis written at our professional military education institutions. We recently received two of particular...

Via Foreign Policy's Joshua Keating on Tom Ricks's The Best Defense - The Best Defense has won the 2010 Digital National Magazine award for best blog! We second Joshua's take on Tom's efforts -...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Is this what defeat looks like? 2) Reining in rogues? Or stifling initiative? Is this what defeat looks like? On March...

Developing a Common Understanding of Unconventional Warfare by Lieutenant Colonel Mark Grdovic, US Army, Special Operations Command Central, in the latest issue of Joint Force Quarterly. The current...

Those of you out there on the edge of alternate distribution models and the Burger King approach to your media your way will be happy to know that SWJ Blog is now available via Kindle. The...

Two days ago, the Economist posted this report on the My Lai Inquiry (H/T to Pete) on their YouTube channel. See also Calley's My Lai Apology. The US Army conducted its own, secret inquiry into the...

Yesterday, U.S. Joint Forces Command released its Joint Operating Environment 2010 report (JOE). JOE is an ambitious document, an attempt discuss a broad range of 25-year global trends, all in less...

Joint Operating Environment 2010 Foreword While U.S. Joint Forces Command's Joint Operating Environment (JOE) in no way constitutes U.S. Government policy and must necessarily be speculative in...

At Afghan Outpost, Marines Gone Rogue or Leading the Fight against Counterinsurgency? - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. ... The Marines are pushing into previously ignored Taliban enclaves....

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Could "repetitive raiding" replace counterinsurgency? 2) A painful decade has improved civil-military relations. Could "...

It's the Tribes? That's Stupid. - Lieutenant Colonel John Malevich, Canadian Army -- U.S. Army / U.S. Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center, Combined Arms Center Blog. When you are a stranger in a...

The Joint Warfighting Conference is now open for registration. Navy MC2 (AW) Nikki Carter USJFCOM Public Affairs Online registration is now available for the fourth annual Joint Warfighting...

The case of Colleen R. LaRose, a.k.a. "JihadJane," shows significant weaknesses in the decentralized model of terror organization. Ever since Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri went into isolation...

State Department Plans 7 New Posts in Public Diplomacy - Nicholas Kralev, Washington Times. The State Department plans to create seven new senior positions to ensure that a public-diplomacy...

The US Army/USMC Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host Associate Professor Daryl Youngman, Kansas State University, and Lieutenant Colonel John Malevich, COIN Center Branch Chief for COIN, on a...

In Marjah, New Gains Could Offer Escape From Tragic Past - Mohammad Elyas Daee and Abubakar Siddique, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Azizullah Khan might be this town's best example of civic-...

The Small Wars Foundation (Small Wars Journal's non-profit parent organization), along with several government and private sector cosponsors, is conducting a small Tribal Engagement Workshop (TEW) on...

Army Learning Concept for 2015 - Thinking Soldiers -- Learning Army!! The operational environment is exceptionally complex with an expanding array of threats. Increased competitiveness is the norm...

2010 International Women of Courage Award - U.S. Department of State. Secretary Clinton announced the 10 winners of this year's International Women of Courage (IWOC) award. On March 10, Secretary...

Last Friday's New York Times had a story about the U.S. government's support for the Somali government's effort to drive the Al Shabab militia out of Mogadishu. According to the article, U.S....

The Intelligence Wars: Lessons from Baghdad Book Review by Lieutenant Junior Grade Robert J. Bebber Download the full article: The Intelligence Wars: Lessons from Baghdad How is it the United States...

In Afghan War, Letting Women Reach Women - Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times. ... These are not your mother's Marines here in the rugged California chaparral of Camp Pendleton, where 40 young women...