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President Obama's National Security Strategy Looks Beyond Military Might - Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. Military superiority is not enough to maintain U.S. strength and influence in the world,...

Olson: Counterinsurgency Ops Should 'Involve Countering the Insurgents' - John T. Bennett, Defense News. The U.S. military's counterinsurgency tactics increasingly place too much emphasis on...

Gates Orders Services To Adopt McChrystal's COIN Standards - John T. Bennett, Defense News. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has directed the U.S. military services to adopt a set of counterinsurgency...

From Navy Office of Information WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Similar to the collaborative signing of the Maritime Strategy, "A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower," the Chief of Naval Operations...

U.S. Is Said to Order Further Clandestine Military Action - Mark Mazzetti, New York Times. The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military...

Americans Outgunned by Taleban's AK47s - Michael Evans, The Times. The future of the standard issue infantry rifle used by American troops in Afghanistan is under review amid concerns that it is the...

We all are aware that war leads to difficult situations. In regard to detainees, we've seen terrorists released only to strike again. Yet in the interest of justice we are concerned about detaining...

President Nominates New USJFCOM Commander - U.S. Joint Forces Command PAO Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced today that President Barack Obama has nominated U. S. Army Gen. Raymond T....

General James Mattis Q&A - Vago Muradian, Defense News. Q. What are the real lessons of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars? A. War is a human endeavor, a social problem, and we have modest...

This week, two instructors at the US Naval Academy discussed some of the challenges, strengths, and shortcomings of America's service academies. The first is Dr. Bruce Fleming, a professor of...

At West Point, Obama Offers New Security Strategy - Michael D. Shear, Washington Post. President Obama on Saturday offered a glimpse of a new national security doctrine that distances his...

Blair's Resignation May Reflect Inherent Conflicts - Greg Miller and Walter Pincus, Washington Post. As the intelligence community was rebuilt after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, two additions were...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Experts' advice to NATO: Slim down, scale back, and pass the ball, 2) Will China end up liable for the actions of its "...

The Secret Pentagon Spy Ring - Marc Ambinder, The Atlantic. Michael Furlong, the long-time Defense Department official who set up and ran network of private intelligence collectors for the military...

NATO: Illiteracy, Corruption Hamper Afghan Police - Reuters via The New York Times. An 80 percent illiteracy rate, corruption and a lack of trained personnel are hampering Afghan police, the NATO...

Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empires: A New History of the Borderland David Isby ISBN 978-1-60598-9 Cloth $28.95 6 x9 xxii, 440 pages Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires, published by Pegasus Books...

Continue on for MDA's response to The New York Times article "Review Cites Flaws in U.S. Antimissile Program".

Coalition Ship Aids Iranian Mariners - US Central Command (H/T Starbuck, and here.) The San Antonio class amphibious transport dock ship, USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) assisted six stranded Iranian...

Jules Crittenden has a nice piece up on Forward Movement, Forever War, about Dexter Filkens of The New York Times. Straightforward piece of work suggests someone who knows what he's doing, doesn't...

Connecting with Kabul: The Importance of the Wolesi Jirga Election and Local Political Networks in Afghanistan - Noah Coburn, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit. There is a renewal of interest...

A General Covers an Army War Game - Lt. Gen. David Barno, U.S. Army (ret.), Foreign Policy's The Best Defense. The annual "Unified Quest" futures war game held recently at the Army War College in...

The latest Economist Debate is on Afghanistan; with opening statements by John Nagl, President of the Center for a New American Security, and Peter W. Galbraith, Former Deputy UN Envoy to Afghanistan...

British Diplomat Takes Key Afghan Role - Mark Landler and Thom Shanker, New York Times. When military officers and diplomats gathered in a secure room in the Pentagon on a recent Friday to get a...

U.S. Is Still Using Private Spy Ring, Despite Doubts - Mark Mazzetti, New York Times. Top military officials have continued to rely on a secret network of private spies who have produced hundreds of...

Afghan Reconciliation Strategy Should Reflect Pashtun Culture - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. How do wars end in the tribal society of Afghanistan? That's one of the interesting questions...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Obama hopes that good Afghan policy will mean good U.S. politics, 2) Is the Marine Corps just another army? Obama hopes...

Getting the Next War Right: Beyond Population-centric Warfare - Thomas A. Marks, Sebastian L.v. Gorka, and Robert Sharp; Prism, National Defense University. ... With the end of the Cold War - and...

Shades of CORDS in the Kush: The False Hope of "Unity of Effort" in American Counterinsurgency - Henry Nuzum, Strategic Studies Institute, Letort Paper. Counterinsurgency (COIN) requires an...

Mattis: Military Should Rely Less on Technology - Christopher P. Cavas, Marine Corps Times. The military relies too much on technology, and soldiers need to practice more "with the radios turned off...

A CIA COINdinista's Misgivings on Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan - Spencer Ackerman, Washington Independent. The leak I got yesterday from Kandahar expressing skepticism that counterinsurgency can...