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THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Internal Transcript May 2, 2011 PRESS BRIEFING BY SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS ON THE KILLING OF OSAMA BIN LADEN Via Conference Call 12:03 A.M. EDT...

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The Big Spill Over 'Three Cups of Tea' by Cameron McWhirter, Wall Street Journal. BLUF: "Nonprofits working in the developing world are now under intense scrutiny; a revamp in charity ratings."

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National Security Chief Keeps a Low Profile by Peter Nicholas and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times. BLUF: "Not a grand strategist, National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon is a master of process,...

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Defense Department's Vickers is a National Security Star - Again by Craig Whitlock, Washington Post. BLUF: "In 1986, Michael G. Vickers was a prodigy for the CIA. Rather than bask in the glory,...

Report: Coalition, Afghans Making 'Tangible Progress' By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service The coalition and its Afghan partners have made "tangible progress" in Afghanistan over the past...

Via the NTM-A Director of Communication: Preliminary Investigation Findings from Attack at North KAIA In light of inaccuracy in media reports to date on this incident, the International Security...

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Do CIA directors make good defense secretaries? Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Do CIA directors make better defense secretaries? 2) Does Leon Panetta...

Staff Sergeant Jason Rogers, USMC, returned home Thursday, 14 April 2011, his body borne upon a sea of waving American flags and hands held tightly in salute for the Brandon, MS Marine killed in...

Strategy, The Art of Everything Else by Cameron Schaefer, Capt, USAF It seems to me that part of the nature of strategy is that one must come to it indirectly. It's like the deer that you spot in...

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Rye Barcott, featured earlier this week in an SWJ book review, describes at the Huffington Post Why you Should not let the Greg Mortenson Scandal Discourage you from supporting NGOs. BLUF. The U.S....

Field Report: The Fight to Secure Helmand Province; United States Navy Memorial, Washington, D.C., 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, 2 May 2011. Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of War and the Marine Corps...

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Associated Press unnamed sources say Panetta to Pentagon, Petraeus to CIA, Crocker to Kabul and Allen to ISAF. Update Major Shake-up Coming Soon for Top Military Officers - Stars and Stripes Obama...

Via the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan Combined Joint Public Affairs Office: "Today NATO Training Mission Afghanistan suffered a tragic loss from an attack, which occurred this morning, resulting...

The Uncommitted Commitment: U.S. Military Involvement in Libya by Lieutenant Colonel Ron Tira, Infinity Journal (requires free registration). BLUF: "The American military's involvement in Libya is...

The Making of Michí¨le Flournoy by Spencer Ackerman, The Washingtonian. BLUF: "She's a mastermind of the Afghanistan war strategy, and she may be the first woman Secretary of Defense......

Lean, Mean Fighting Machine by Douglas Macgregor, Foreign Policy. BLUF: "How to slash the Pentagon budget? Declare victory and go home." A Radical Plan for Cutting the Defense Budget and...

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I always find it interesting when two sets of researchers look at the same data and arrive at completely different conclusions. Earlier this week, Dave posted an essay on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan...

Comprehensive National Security Review Unlikely To Produce Significant Changes To The Military by Dr. Daniel Goure, Lexington Institute's Early Warning Blog. "... the President announced that the...

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Time for a Grand Strategy Board? By Mark Safranski at Zenpundit. "It would be a useful corrective for the better conception and execution of US policy, for the President and the Congress to create a...

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The Sarposa Prison Break (Kandahar, Afghanistan, 2008) by Captain Nils N. French, Canadian Army, Canadian Army Journal, Summer 2008. "Prison breaks have been used as an insurgent tactic on other...

The BBC interviewed me again for its "The World Today" program. I discussed the financial cost of the war in Libya. In the interview, I got one figure wrong; I said the Pentagon's Fiscal Year 2012...