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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...

U.S. Approves Training to Expand Afghan Army - Rod Nordland, New York Times. The Pentagon has authorized a substantial increase in the number of Afghan security forces it plans to train by next year...

The State of State: A Proposal for Reorganization at Foggy Bottom - Matt Armstrong, Progressive Fix. The past decade has seen the U.S. government expand its activities around the globe in response...

Generals Should be Guided by Truth, Not Politics - Lawrence J. Korb, Washington Post opinion. In his Dec. 27 column, ["An admiral who found the center," op-ed], David Ignatius distorts the proper...

What Can Robert Gates Achieve in Extra Year at Pentagon? - Gordon Lubold, Christian Science Monitor. Defense Secretary Robert Gates's decision to stay on another year allows him to cement many of...

Can Intelligence Be Intelligent? - Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal opinion. 'Intelligence," Daniel Patrick Moynihan once observed, "is not to be confused with intelligence." To read two recent...

Israeli Robots Remake Battlefield - Charles Levinson, Wall Street Journal. Israel is developing an army of robotic fighting machines that offers a window onto the potential future of warfare. Sixty...

The United States will not succeed in Afghanistan if Afghanistan's own security forces don't eventually secure the country. Few analysts dispute this point. But do the U.S. and Afghan governments...

No Exit: America has an impressive record of starting wars but a dismal one of ending them well. - Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative. President Obama's decision to escalate U.S. military...

How the CIA Can Improve its Operations in Afghanistan - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. In terms of loss of life, the bombing of the CIA base in Khost, Afghanistan, may be the most costly...

Al-Qaeda Has a New Strategy. Obama Needs One, Too. - Bruce Hoffman, Washington Post opinion. In the wake of the failed Christmas Day airplane bombing and the killing a few days later of seven CIA...

Cracks in the Jihad - Thomas Rid, The Wilson Quarterly. ... One hundred and seventy years later, jihad is again a major threat—and Decker's dire analysis more relevant than ever. War, in...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Yemen learns to profit from al Qaeda, 2) Maj. Gen. Flynn wants social scientists, not military intelligence officers....

How a Plugged-In DC Think Tank Published a General's Brutal Intel Critique - Nathan Hodge, Danger Room. In military circles, the talk all week has been about how and why the top intelligence officer...

I Built an African Army - Sean McFate, Foreign Policy. In May 2004, I was hired for an unusual job: The U.S. State Department contracted DynCorp International, a private military company, to build...

Marines in Afghanistan Take 'The Village' to Heart - Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times. In political terms, any rhetoric linking the Afghan conflict and the Vietnam War is usually meant to be poisonous...

Gates Endorses Critique of Military Intelligence in Afghanistan - Al Pessin, Voice of America. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has endorsed a stinging critique of military intelligence efforts...

More on military intelligence in this 27 November 2009 post at AEI's Center for Defense Studies - Changing the Culture of Military Intelligence by Philipp Tomio. Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn, the U.S....

Physicist: Predicting Insurgencies Is Easy. As Long as You Dumb Down Your Wars - Katie Drummond, Danger Room. Insurgencies are easy to predict - no matter where they occur, or why they begin. You...

Two Attacks Highlight Counterterrorism's Bureaucratic Bog - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. The Central Intelligence Agency should be asking some painful questions this week about its...

Slow Start for Military Corps in Afghanistan - Eric Schmitt, New York Times. The military's effort to build a seasoned corps of expert officers for the Afghan war, one of the highest priorities of...

More below on Top Intelligence Official in Afghanistan Urges Changes to Intelligence Mission by Major General Michael T. Flynn, Captain Matt Pottinger, and Paul Batchelor; Center for a New American...

CSM Michael Hall, the ISAF Command Sergeant Major, has created a series of Intro to COIN videos that are being featured on the ISAF Channel at You Tube and are worth a look.  He is one of the...

Linked is the latest USA/USMC Counterinsurgency Center / U.S. Army Stability Operations Proponent / U.S. Army Security Force Assistance Proponent SITREP dated 4 January 2010. Here are the Director's...

Top Intelligence Official in Afghanistan Urges Changes to Intelligence Mission - Major General Michael T. Flynn, Captain Matt Pottinger, and Paul Batchelor; Center for a New American Security (CNAS)...

COIN Toss: The Cult of Counterinsurgency - Michael Crowley, The New Republic. On the night of December 1, shortly after Barack Obama announced plans to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan,...

In November Robert Kaplan, author of Imperial Grunts and many other books on current security issues, delivered the keynote address at the Foreign Policy Research Institute's annual dinner. FPRI has...

Afghanistan, Now and Then - Eric T. Olson, Los Angeles Times opinion. As the new year begins, the Afghanistan surge is underway. Army brigades and Marine regiments have been alerted to deploy, and...

In the most recent Armed Forces Journal Gregory Foster, a professor at the National Defense University, writes that America's military is overdue for a dramatic overhaul. The U.S. military, if it is...

Preparing for Your Future and That of the U.S. Army - LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army retired), Army Magazine. In 1990, I finished commanding the 5th Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division,...