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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...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The U.S. military should keep a low profile in Haiti, 2) With China in mind, Gates deepens the U.S. defense relationship...

There's a very nice piece in today's Diane Rehm Show on Targeted Assassinations in the War Against Al Qaeda. Discussion includes the application of the law of war to the CIA's use of drones and the...

Towards a U.S. Army Officer Corps Strategy for Success: Retaining Talent - Colonel Casey Wardynski, Major David S. Lyle, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Michael J. Colarusso, U.S. Army War College Strategic...

Gates: Afghan Reconciliation Efforts Critical - Yochi J. Dreazen, Wall Street Journal. The Obama administration offered cautious support for the Afghan government's new outreach effort to the...

A Certain Trumpet - Major General Ed Scholes, USA (Ret.), Veterans of Special Forces ... If anyone or any organization/agency conducts an objective critique of this nation's military strategy,...

Jim Gant, the Green Beret Who Could Win the War in Afghanistan - Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post opinion. It was the spring of 2003, and Capt. Jim Gant and his Special Forces team had just fought...

Poor Schooling Slows Anti-terrorism Effort in Pakistan - Griff Witte, Washington Post. With a curriculum that glorifies violence in the name of Islam and ignores basic history, science and math,...

Haiti: What We're Getting Into - Tim Sullivan, AEI's Center for Defense Studies (CDS). In the weeks ahead, the Center for Defense Studies will be producing a series of backgrounders on the U.S....

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Google goes where the U.S. government has feared to tread, 2) Computers must take over counter-terrorism analysis. Google...