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The LCE is a great tool when examining the budget trade space

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Bringing the State to the Slum: Confronting Organized Crime and Urban Violence in Latin America by Vanda Felbab-Brown, The Brookings Institution.

A primer to help move past COIN, CT, FID, SFA and start talking strategy to confront today's problems

The claims about COIN were obviously false when made, disproved by both history and logic.

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Andrew Exum discovers FID and SFA

Let the Army and Marine Corps hear your voice

Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 9:  Why Does Napolitano Focus on Al Qaeda Lone Wolves and Ignore the Mexican Cartels?

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An excellent talk from General Peter van Uhm, Chief of the Netherlands Defence Staff, on the meaning of the Profession of Arms.  

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Is there Hope for Afghanistan? - by Linda Robinson, Foreign Policy and A Shift in the Afghanistan Strategy - by John Nagl, Foreign Affairs.

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Hanging Up My Army Uniform to be a High School Teacher - Paul Yingling, Washington Post.

The Risks of Military Cutbacks - David Ignatius, Washington Post.

In my Foreign Policy column, I explain why Pakistan's leverage over the United States won't last much longer. I also discuss why the U.S. Marine Corps is in a hurry to its next assignment.

More debate on modern counterinsurgency  

Review of Sarah Phillips' work on Yemen

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Why does COIN seem insufficient?

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A Tale of Two Surges by Victor Davis Hanson, National Review.

Do Oligarchies Create Insurgencies? By Mark Safranski, Zenpundit.

The Future of Land Wars: Intense, High-Tech, Urban, Coastal by David Axe, AOL Defense.

Special Small Wars and Insurgencies Issue: Criminal Insurgencies in Mexico and the Americas: The Gangs and Cartels Wage War.

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Band of Brothers or Dysfunctional Family?:  A Military Perspective on Coalition Challenges During Stability Operations by Dr. Russell W. Glenn, RAND.  

In a piece for AOL Defense, Nate Freier forecasts the demand for the U.S. Army. A new report from RAND forecasts the supply. Needless to say, there is a disturbing gap.

Dr. David Ucko, no stranger to this community as author of the highly regarded The New Counterinsurgency Era, has the lead article in the forthcoming issue of the interagency journal PRISM.