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Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The U.S. military should keep a low profile in Haiti, 2) With China in mind, Gates deepens the U.S. defense relationship...

There's a very nice piece in today's Diane Rehm Show on Targeted Assassinations in the War Against Al Qaeda. Discussion includes the application of the law of war to the CIA's use of drones and the...

Towards a U.S. Army Officer Corps Strategy for Success: Retaining Talent - Colonel Casey Wardynski, Major David S. Lyle, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Michael J. Colarusso, U.S. Army War College Strategic...

Gates: Afghan Reconciliation Efforts Critical - Yochi J. Dreazen, Wall Street Journal. The Obama administration offered cautious support for the Afghan government's new outreach effort to the...

A Certain Trumpet - Major General Ed Scholes, USA (Ret.), Veterans of Special Forces ... If anyone or any organization/agency conducts an objective critique of this nation's military strategy,...

Jim Gant, the Green Beret Who Could Win the War in Afghanistan - Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post opinion. It was the spring of 2003, and Capt. Jim Gant and his Special Forces team had just fought...

Poor Schooling Slows Anti-terrorism Effort in Pakistan - Griff Witte, Washington Post. With a curriculum that glorifies violence in the name of Islam and ignores basic history, science and math,...

Haiti: What We're Getting Into - Tim Sullivan, AEI's Center for Defense Studies (CDS). In the weeks ahead, the Center for Defense Studies will be producing a series of backgrounders on the U.S....

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...