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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...

Gates Calls for Building Foreign Troops' Capacity By John J. Kruzel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2010 -- The United States should devote more energy and overseas aid dollars...

Washington Post's On Leadership: General David Petraeus tells Washington Post reporter David Ignatius what leadership lessons he's learned from Ulysses Grant and Rudy Giuliani. General David...

Now in paperback: The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education by Craig M. Mullaney. Here's what we posted almost a year ago: The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education By Craig M. Mullaney If...

Debating Afghanistan - Paul R. Pillar and John Nagl, from the March/April 2010 issue of The National Interest. With thirty thousand new boots on the ground, Kabul is set to become the primary focus...

Marine General James N. Mattis, commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command, speaking at a Center for a New American Security event on 18 February in conjunction with the official release of a study by...

The Marine Corps University cordially invites you to attend a one-day strategic symposium on 21 April 2010 entitled "Emerald Express Strategic Symposium, Afghanistan: The Way Ahead." Bringing...

Every so often Small Wars Journal receives master theses or articles based on a master thesis written at our professional military education institutions. We recently received three of particular...

A new president takes the oath of office. He now leads a superpower that has been fighting a stubborn insurgency in Afghanistan for seven years. Realizing he needs to take a new approach to the war,...

The U.S. Army and the other Armed Services exist to fight and win America's wars. In the current operational environment, the definition of "fighting and winning America's wars" is the subject of...

Mattis: Obsolete Thinking Worse Than Obsolete Weapons By John J. Kruzel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2010 -- The only thing worse than obsolete weapons in war is obsolete...

And so, it begins. I have departed the Office of Net Assessment, OSD, and for the next four years, at least, I will serve the United States by serving with or among other nation's military forces....

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Could Mullah Baradar arrange a truce in Afghanistan? 2) What will get Iran to change course? Could Mullah Baradar arrange...