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Kilcullen (I): Here's What Not to Measure in a COIN Campaign - Tom Ricks at FP's Best Defense. When David Kilcullen is at his best, he is unexcelled at discussing how to wage a counterinsurgency...

SWJ just got word from the Center for a New American Security that due to the lingering effects of the recent snow storm - and the possibility of yet more snow - tomorrow's Keeping the Edge:...

A Well-Written War, Told in the First Person - Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times. ... Soldier-writers have long produced American literature, from Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs about the Civil War to...

The military's invigorated focus on accountability also seems driven by commanders' experience in war zones. Many of today's senior commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan are on their second or third...

NATO Ministers, Commanders Advertise Planned Offensive in Southern Afghanistan - Craig Whitlock, Washington Post. For the upcoming Battle of Marja, the element of surprise has already gone by the...

OEF Philippines: Thinking COIN, Practicing FID - Lieutenant Colonel Brian Petit, Special Warfare. Counterinsurgency is the formative mission of today's military. The dominant missions of the...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) China growls at the Taiwan arms sale. Is this time different? 2) Gates calls for expanded long-range striking power --...

The Way Ahead in Afghanistan: Does a Silver Bullet Exist? An Analysis of Giving Power Over to the Tribes to Achieve Victory -- Major Nathan Springer, U.S. Army/ U.S. Marine Corps Counterinsurgency...

Revenge on the Taliban, from 10,000 Feet - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. In their joint operations against Taliban militants hiding in the tribal areas, the United States and Pakistan...

Senators Warned of Terrorist Attack on U.S. by July - Mark Mazzetti, New York Times. America's top intelligence official told lawmakers on Tuesday that Al Qaeda and its affiliates had made it a high...

The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review is almost completely devoid of "news." The QDR reaffirms a long series of decisions already taken by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. There are few new initiatives...

Gates Submits 'Wartime' Defense Blueprint - National Journal. Defense Secretary Gates has submitted a "wartime" Quadrennial Defense Review of military capabilities and requirements, balancing near-...

A Look at America's New Hope: The Afghan Tribes - Ruhullah Khapalwak and David Rohde, New York Times For three decades now, Communism, civil war and Islamic fundamentalism have laid siege to...

Marines Invest in Local Afghan Projects - C. J. Chivers, New York Times. ... Following the emphasis on a more assertive counterinsurgency approach mandated last year by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal,...

Bringing National Security into the 21st Century - Daniel Langberg, World Politics Review. Two weeks ago, while discussing last November's tragic events at Fort Hood, Defense Secretary Robert Gates...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The United States fights another counterinsurgency -- in cyberspace, 2) Yes, let's partner against al Qaeda. But who,...

American Forces in the Philippines: Drawing Lessons From a Rare Success - The Economist (H/T Max). ... This is part of an American mission that started in 2002, not long after the Taliban fell in...

Via Abu Muqawama - draft QDR leaked via Inside Defense... Big news in defense policy circles. A draft of the QDR has been leaked to Inside Defense... Unclassified//Fouo

The Challenges of Reconstruction in Afghanistan - Judah Grunstein, World Politics Review. With all eyes on London and the high-profile Afghanistan Conference, a quieter gathering that took place...

Military Partnerships May Be the Nation's Best Path to Peace - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. Gen. Stanley McChrystal this week expressed a truth that military commanders know better than...

Afghan Tribe Vows to Fight Taliban in Return for U.S. Aid - Dexter Filkens, New York Times. The leaders of one of the largest Pashtun tribes in a Taliban stronghold said Wednesday that they had...

Reintegration, Reconciliation: What Do We Mean? - Simon Shercliff, UK's First Secretary of Foreign Security and Policy, Washington, DC After comments by Secretary Gates on his recent India/Pakistan...

The HEAT being in this case High-End Asymmetric Threats. Two examples of HEAT in recent news. First, writing in his column at Foreign Policy, Josh Rogin tabulated the ten worst Chinese cyber attacks...

U.S. Envoy's Cables Show Concerns on Afghan War Plans - Eric Schmitt, New York Times. The United States ambassador in Kabul warned his superiors here in November that President Hamid Karzai of...

On Tuesday and Wednesday (Jan. 26-27), Radio Free Europe / Radio LIberty (RFE/RL) will provide live video streaming of the international conference, "Provincial Reconstruction Teams: Challenges of...

Contested Commons: The Future of American Power in a Multipolar World - Abraham M. Denmark, Dr. James Mulvenon, Frank Hoffman, Lt Col Kelly Martin, USAF, Oliver Fritz, Eric Sterner, Dr. Greg Rattray...

The Post-COIN Era is Here - Mark Safranski, Zenpundit There has been, for years, an ongoing debate in the defense and national security community over the proper place of COIN doctrine in the...

From the MIME-NET information section on YouTube: 'Human Terrain' is two stories in one. The first exposes the U.S. effort to enlist the best and the brightest of American universities in a struggle...

Afghanistan / Pakistan Karzai Urges West to Buy Off the Taliban - The Times Afghan Parliamentary Elections Postponed - The Times Afghanistan Delays Parliamentary Elections - Associated Press Foot on...