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Pentagon Inquiry Into Article Clears McChrystal and Aides by Thom Shanker, New York Times. BLUF: "An inquiry by the Defense Department inspector general into a magazine profile that resulted in the...

The Right to Be Right: Civil-Military Relations and the Iraq Surge Decision International Security, issue 4, volume 35 by Peter D. Feaver, Duke University Abstract. President George W. Bush's Iraq...

Counterinsurgency and Its Discontents: Assessing the Value of a Divisive Concept by David Ucko Abstract. Popularised as a result of the so-called surge in Iraq, the concept of counterinsurgency has...

The U.S. Army COIN Center will be hosting Mr. Haider Mullick, a fellow at the U.S. Joint Special Operations University and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He will present a webcast...

The VOA Is Losing Its Voice by L. Gordon Crovitz, Wall Street Journal. BLUF via Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: "We are in an information war, and we are losing."

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We were just sent the screen capture below and guess it begs two questions. Firstly, did RC (SW) block access to Small Wars Journal or is this some type of temporary glitch? Secondly, if SWJ has...

Why Failed States Shouldn't Be Our Biggest National Security Fear by Stewart Patrick, Washington Post. BLUF: "... preoccupations reflect more hype than analysis. U.S. national security officials...

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In Afghanistan's South, Signs of Progress in Three Districts Signal a Shift - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. BLUF: "For the first time since the war began nearly a decade ago, the Taliban is...

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A Light Footprint: The Pentagon's Unusual African Arm - The Economist. BLUF: On USAFRICOM - "A quarter of Africom's staff is meant to be made up of linguists, historians and other specialists. Yet 99...

A new study asks some troubling questions about what really caused Iraq's reduction in violence. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Do troop surges really...

Towards a Comprehensive Approach: Integrating Civilian and Military Concepts of Strategy edited by Christopher M. Schnaubelt, NATO Defense College Forum Paper, March 2011. Towards a Comprehensive...

The War on Soft Power by Joseph S. Nye Jr., Foreign Policy. BLUF: "Even the U.S. military doesn't want to cut the State Department and foreign aid budget. So why is Congress playing a dangerous game...

Lies, Damn Lies, and Metrics in Small Wars Can We Measure Progress or Failure in War? U.S. Army Major Josh Thiel's recent article The Statistical Irrelevance of American SIGACT Data: Iraq Surge...

U.S., Taliban Not Ready For Afghanistan Peace Talks by David Wood, Huffington Post. BLUF: "... prospects for peace talks seem remote, and international diplomats and others say any actual settlement...

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Defining U.S. National Security Interests in Afghanistan by T.J. Buonomo On 15 March 2011, General Petraeus testified at length on the situation in Afghanistan before the Senate Armed Services...

As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Mt. Vernon, VA, Thursday, April 14, 2011 National Library for the Study of George Washington Groundbreaking Ceremony Click through for the full...

AfPak Border Enemy Counter-Attack The AfPak border areas of Kunar and Nuristan Provinces continue to remain significant challenges to the ISAF effort in Afghanistan providing both safehavens for...

In his speech yesterday on the U.S. government's debt problem, President Barack Obama called on the Defense Department to make a bigger contribution to the solution. The president said, Over the...

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Obama Wants Defense Review, $400 Billion in Cuts Al Pessin Voice of America The Pentagon says President Barack Obama's desire to find $400 billion over the next 12 years in additional defense...

General Martin E. Dempsey in Four Slides. BLUF: "Every morning on the way to work, I walk past the pictures of all the former Chiefs, and then I drive past row after row of the headstones in...

Empire Challenge 11 (EC11) Planning Continues as Event Nears EC11, an annual joint and coalition ISR interoperability demonstration, will run May 23 - June 3 at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and at...

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At the risk of seriously degrading office productivity everywhere, I bring to your attention the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) latest request for help. DARPA wants you to help it...

Task Force "No Slack," 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st BCT, 101st Airborne Division assaults into Taliban safehavens as the spring fighting season begins

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