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Well, since the powers to be decided - very, very, unwisely IMHO - to do away with the Joint Irregular Warfare Center as part of the disestablishment of US Joint Forces Command, I personally think...

Brian Lehrer from WNYC and I discussed President Obama's Afghan policy speech and other topics relating to U.S. strategy in the region. Click here to reach the broadcast. Nothing follows.

Missed Direction: Washington is obsessed with U.S. progress in southern Afghanistan. But the real fight is in the east. National Journal article by Yochi Dreazen. BLUF: "... the real story is not in...

The War Yet to Come: A Review of Broken Bodies, Shattered Minds by Matt Gallagher In light of President Obama's recent drawdown announcement, the trajectory of the Afghanistan War isn't quite so hazy...

Washington Losing Patience with Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan by Michael Hirsh and Jamie Tarabay The National Journal Download the Full Article: Washington Losing Patience with Counterinsurgency...

Rethinking Civilian Assistance in Afghanistan, New York Times op-ed by Desaix Myers. BLUF: "The job of helping Afghans build a state with functioning public services and institutions answering to an...

The Social Battlespace of Stabilization Operations: Action Amongst the Peopleby Major (GS) Teemu Nurmela Finnish Army Download the Entire Thesis: The Social Battlespace of Stabilization Operations...

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Afghan War Campaign Gets Mixed Reviews by Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press. BLUF: "Three U.S. officials who have seen the report [Afghanistan National Intelligence Estimate] say it concludes that...

Obama's Afghan withdrawal speech may mark the end of the U.S. counterinsurgency experiment. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) By tossing the COIN to...

Thoughts on Stanton S. Coerr, "Ten Years Gone." by TOWNIE 76 at OPFOR. Commentary on SWJ article Ten Years Gone by Stanton Coerr. BLUF: "Unfortunately for the United States and in particular the...

Counterinsurgency: One Elder at a Time by Jarrin Jackson I visited a small, isolated Afghan village near the Pakistan border in early 2011. My mission was to gather information, identify concerns,...

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Obama Orders Cuts in 'Surge' Troops in Afghanistan Voice of America US President Barack Obama announced he is withdrawing 10,000 US troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year and will bring home...

Ten Whats With... Col. Gian Gentile by Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations. On COIN and IW: "I think with the current fad and fetish of counterinsurgency, irregular wars, often times...

NATO After Libya: The Atlantic Alliance in Austere Times by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Foreign Affairs. BLUF: "The economic challenges that European nations face are immense, but that must not prevent...

Afghan Troop Withdrawal: Beginning Of The End For Petraeus Counterinsurgency Strategy by David Wood, Huffington Post. BLUF: "President Barack Obama's decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan...

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Less is Often More? The Paradoxical Impact of Force and Resource Constraints This is a post that I never would have written while practicing the art in Iraq. On the ground level, every commander...

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Obama to Announce Afghan Withdraw Plans Wednesday By Dan Robinson Voice of America The White House says President Barack Obama will announce his decision on the size and pace of a U.S. troop drawdown...

Wired's David Kravets broke the news and has the details here. BLUF: "A federal judge ruled Monday that publishing an entire article without the rights holder's authorization was a fair use of the...

Resolving Insurgencies by Dr. Thomas R. Mockaitis, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute monograph. Here's a brief synopsis: Understanding how insurgencies may be brought to a successful...

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released today the transcripts and videos from its fifth annual conference, Risk and Reward: American Security in an Age of Uncertainty, which took place...

Basic Training: How Gates Grew by Julian E. Barnes, Wall Street Journal. BLUF: "After four-and-a-half years as defense secretary, under both Republican and Democratic presidents, Robert Gates has...

Afghanistan is Making Undeniable Progress, But it Could All Unravel, New York Daily News opinion piece by Michael Yon. BLUF: "... there are unmistakable signs of progress in Afghanistan, and Gen....

Infinity Journal, Issue No. 3, Summer 2011, has just been published. The latest issue includes: Martin van Creveld, "The Second Lebanon War: A Re-assessment." T.X. Hammes, "Limited Means Strategy:...

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