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How innovative and determined officers in 3rd Marine Air Wing used the iPad to improve close air support in Afghanistan.

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The more things change...  A storied letter that keeps coming back.

An Air Force officer tenders a letter of surrender.

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #10: Claymore Anti-Personnel Mine (and Other Military Hardware) Recovered in Zacatecas.

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A Foreign Affairs article asks if we are prepared to pay the true costs of the promises we have made in Afghanistan.

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In my Foreign Policy column, I wonder what would happen to its strategy if the U.S. can't use bases in Afghanistan the way it wants.

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Doug Macgregor offers a synopsis of the state of the U.S. military and the prediction that only economic crisis will provide the impetus for reform.

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Should U.S. Troops Fight the War on Drugs? New York Times debate on whether the U.S. military should be involved in the war on drugs.

Bob Tollast interviews former U.S. military advisor Emma Sky.

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Ahead of the COIN conference at Ft. Leavenworth, Robert C. Jones offers ten points for consideration.

Honoring Marines With Scholarships by Mike Vilensky, Wall Street Journal.

Lessons of Iraq Help U.S. Fight a Drug War in Honduras by Thom Shanker, New York Times.

Cordesman lambasts the lack of strategic reality in the defense budget.

The new Strategic Partnership Agreement with Afghanistan rests on some fragile assumptions. U.S. policymakers should have a Plan B ready.

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Team Building: The Next Chapter of Airpower Command and Control in Afghanistan by Maj Gen Tod D. Wolters and Lt Col Joseph L. Campo, Air and Space Power Journal.

Drug Trafficking, Violence, and Instability by Dr. Phil Williams and Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown, U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute.

West Point's Combating Terrorism Center publishes 17 declassified Bin Laden documents with accompanying analysis.

Ben Kohlmann offers a lengthy rebuttal to his critics.

The start-up of my new small business is quite demanding so the Roundup will return next Monday. For those that have a Facebook account a like here would be most appreciated. - Dave D.

The White House summary and a pointer to the text of the speech on Afghanistan.

A look at an advisor team in Iraq.