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Ceremony Formally Marks End of Coalition Effort in Iraq - Liz Sly, Los Angeles Times. December was the first month since the Iraq war began in which there were no American combat deaths, a milestone...

The highly successful Taliban attack on the CIA compound at FOB Chapman is a reminder that the recruitment of agents to infiltrate adversary organizations is very much a two-way street. The past few...

21st Century Counterinsurgency Intelligence - Seth Milstein, AFCEA Intelligence - Intelligence Essay Contest Winner. Insurgency and counterinsurgency are radically different sides of the same coin...

Army History Finds Early Missteps in Afghanistan - James Dao, New York Times. In the fall of 2003, the new commander of American forces in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. David W. Barno, decided on a new...

US Army/USMC COIN Center Webcast - A Study of Pashtun "Tribes" in Afghanistan The US Army/USMC Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host Dr. Michael Weltsch from the Human Terrain System Reachback...

Watch CBS News Videos Online 60 Minutes: Out Of The Shadows - Ex-CIA operative Henry Crumpton describes using local might to oust al Qaeda and their Taliban hosts in 2001, a strategy he says is...

A Year of War, and Progress - Michael O'Hanlon, Los Angeles Times opinion. The United States spent 2009 at war again - with its own troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and as a major, indirect supporter...

Afghanistan Strategy Should Also Focus on Improving Quality of Life - Stanley A. Weiss, Los Angeles Times opinion. The Obama administration has outlined a three-pronged strategy in Afghanistan,...

Book Review: 'The Fourth Star' by David Cloud and Greg Jaffe - John Whiteclay Chambers II, Washington Post. Four Generals and The Epic Struggle For the Future of The United States Army What makes an...

Pentagon Reviewing Strategic Information Operations - Walter Pincus, Washington Post. Trying to counter information-savvy enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military has rapidly spent nearly...

The Quiet Wisdom of Apolitical Adm. Mike Mullen - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. This was another year of the vanishing center in America. Despite the election of a president who promised...

Civilian, Military Planners Have Different Views on New Approach to Afghanistan - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. Two days before announcing the deployment of additional U.S. troops to...

Holiday best wishes to the SWJ community of interest along with a NTM-A/CSTC-A update via e-mail from LTG William B. Caldwell, IV (Frontier 6); Commander, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and CG,...

Afghanistan in 2009: A Survey of the Afghan People - The Asia Foundation. On October 27, 2009, The Asia Foundation released findings from its fifth public opinion poll in Afghanistan, Afghanistan in...

Obama, Pakistan and Mullah Omar - Wall Street Journal editorial. ... If Pakistan truly has given up on its old double game of claiming to back America while allowing a Taliban sanctuary within its...

Gates Proposes $2 Billion in Funds to Aid Unstable Countries - Mary Beth Sheridan and Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has proposed a major overhaul of the way the...

America's Most-Decorated Soldier Dies In Waco - KWTX Retired Army Col. Robert L. Howard, 70, who died Wednesday in Waco, was a Medal of Honor winner who at the time of his death was believed to be...

Can U.S. Troops Run McChrystal's 'Soft Power' Playbook? - Noah Shachtman, Danger Room. ... For commanders fighting in some of Afghanistan's most hotly-contested areas, the struggle has been even...

Lieutenant Colonel JJ Malevich, the Canadian Exchange Officer and Director of COIN at the U.S. Army / USMC Counterinsurgency Center, raises the BS flag in his COIN Center blog post Winning the War...

In Afghan war, officer flourishes outside the box - Denis D. Gray, Associated Press via The Taiwan News. You may wonder how Thomas Gukeisen made it to lieutenant colonel, and by age 39 at that. He...

An officer and a creative man - Mark Moyar, New York Times opinion. As President Obama and his advisers planned their new approach to the Afghan war, the quality of Afghanistan's security forces...

The race against Obama's deadline in Afghanistan - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. Adm. Mike Mullen, the personification of American military power, is walking the streets of this dusty...

Via the Marine Corps University Press - Al-Anbar Awakening Volume I: American Perspectives (U.S. Marine Corps and Counterinsurgency in Iraq) and Al-Anbar Awakening Volume II: Iraqi Perspectives (From...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) When the counterinsurgent becomes the insurgent, 2) Is it still worth selling weapons to Taiwan? When the...

Precision Approaches: Leadership Targeting and the Helicopter as a Strategic Strike Asset in Small Wars - Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Armstrong, U.S. Navy. Our many thanks to Routledge's Taylor and...

Two stories from this morning's New York Times discuss some internal security trends inside the United States that are headed in the wrong direction. Defying all expectations, the United States has...

Strengthening our nation's front line of defense - Dennis C. Blair, Washington Post opinion. The legislation authorizing post-Sept. 11 intelligence reform -- the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism...

CNAS Releases Two Working Papers on the Future of the Force (CNAS Press Release - 17 December 2009). The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released today two important working papers as part...

Insurgents hack U.S. drones - Siobhan Gorman, Yochi J. Dreazen and August Cole, Wall Street Journal. Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S....

How partnering with the U.S. could strengthen Pakistan's sovereignty - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. The United States and Pakistan, always prone to bickering, need a big idea to unite...