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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...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Mullen finished off the Powell Doctrine, 2) What is Burma learning from the nuclear "rogues"? Mullen finished off the...

Caveat emptor.  Received the email below from John, complete with his apropos signature line (personal info redacted). His thorough YouTube Channel is evidence of his commitment to this "...

Engagement Pays Off in Philippines Terror War - Al Santoli, Washington Times. ... The recent captures and killings of feared Abu Sayyaf Group leaders in the southernmost Philippine islands, such as...

Iraq on the Eve of Elections - Marisa Cochrane Sullivan and James Danly, The Institute for the Study of War. The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has published a detailed backgrounder on this...

Mullen Urges More 'Soft Power' in Afghanistan - John J. Kruzel, American Forces Press Service. The nation's top military officer expressed concern today that U.S. government agencies other than the...

The Next Battles for Marja - Joshua Foust, New York Times opinion. This year will be the third in a row that tens of thousands of new United States troops have arrived in Afghanistan with plans to "...

Major Nate Springer, the current operations officer at the U.S. Army Counterinsurgency Center, penned an excellent blog post about the need for Soldiers and Marines to develop personal relationships...

Writing in yesterday's Washington Post, Mike McConnell -- a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral, former director of the National Security Agency, and former director of national intelligence -- called on...

Great Films on Small Wars - Thomas Rid, Kings of War. Here is our list of 20 outstanding movies on political violence, insurgency, and counterinsurgency - small wars, somewhat liberally defined....

2010 Vietnam Center Conference: Lessons Learned, Lessons Lost: Counterinsurgency from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan   Sponsored by: The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International...

Drone Operators Climb on Winds of Change in the Air Force - Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. The question, scrawled on a Pentagon whiteboard last fall, captured the strange and difficult moment facing...

Getting Close to the Afghans - Mark Moyar, Washington Times opinion. During a recent trip to Afghanistan, I met with senior American and Afghan leaders to discuss the challenges of the present war....

Expect great things from The Cyber Loop, the newest addition to SWJ's blogroll. Site features include news, academic papers, book recommendations and a discussion forum. From TCL's about...

The Afghan National Police: Turning a Counterinsurgency Problem into a Solution -- Naval Postgraduate School Master of Science thesis by Major David J. Haskell, U.S. Army. Abstract: The Taliban have...

Afghanistan and the Specter of Vietnam - Asia Society panel discussion (24 February) video. Panelists Max Boot, Gordon Goldstein, George Packer, and Rufus Phillips debate whether parallels between...