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Our Man in Kabul - David Wood, Politics Daily ... He is our man indeed. And Hamid Karzai's casual assumption this morning of another five-year term as Afghanistan's president, after the election...

Military Refines a 'Constant Stare Against Our Enemy' - Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times. The Pentagon plans to dramatically increase the surveillance capabilities of its most advanced unmanned...

On Leadership: A Question of Command - Paula Broadwell, Kings of War In an earlier blog regarding the U.S. Army Officer Shortage, I highlighted a few problems with officer talent management that...

The Generals' Revolt - Robert Dreyfuss, Rolling Stone. In early October, as President Obama huddled with top administration officials in the White House situation room to rethink America's failing...

McChrystal Lite - Tom Donnelly and Tim Sullivan, Weekly Standard opinion. In its continuing search for an alternative to General Stanley McChrystal's comprehensive counterinsurgency approach to the...

The Real Afghan Strategy - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinon. Hikmatullah, a tall Pashtun farmer dressed in turban and white cloak, looks slightly bewildered as a US Army officer offers him tea...

Obama Seeking Options on Forces - Anne E. Kornblut and Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. President Obama has asked the Pentagon's top generals to provide him with more options for troop levels in...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy. Topic include: 1) Why would 'American officials' expose their own intelligence source? 2) U.S.--India military cooperation: some rare good...

Yesterday, Dave cited this op-ed from the New York Times written by a historian who chronicled the collapse of the Soviet Union. He opened with this excerpt: THE highly decorated general sat...

The Tenacity Question - David Brooks, New York Times opinion. Today, President Obama will lead another meeting to debate strategy in Afghanistan. He will presumably discuss the questions that have...

On the War's Front Lines - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. Here's what you would see if you traveled this week to Kandahar and Helmand provinces, the two big battlegrounds of the...

Troop Level in Afghanistan is the Easy Part - Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times opinion. President Obama's in-house debate on troop levels in Afghanistan isn't over yet, but it's a safe bet what he'...

For Every Iraqi Party, an Army of Its Own - Najim Abed al-Jabouri, New York Times opinion. Sunday's coordinated suicide bombings in Baghdad, which killed more than 150 people, were a brutal reminder...

Makeshift Bombs Spread Beyond Afghanistan, Iraq - Thom Shanker, New York Times. American military officers are expressing concern over the spreading use of makeshift bombs beyond the war zones of...

Obama Seeks Study on Local Leaders for Troop Decision - Scott Wilson and Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. President Obama has asked senior officials for a province-by-province analysis of Afghanistan to...

Take Your Sweet Time, Obama - Andrew Exum, The Daily Beast President Obama is entering the final stages of his deliberations of Afghanistan. He's deciding whether to send more troops, or reframe U.S...

A Prescription for Tragedy in Afghanistan - Max Boot, Commentary If media leaks are to be believed, President Obama will attempt to chart a middle way in Afghanistan, sending more soldiers but not...

The great folks at the U.S. Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center have launched their completely revamped Counterinsurgency Leaders Workshop, which runs through Thursday. They've lined up...

'Af-Pak Hands' Strives for Continuity in U.S. Mission By John J. Kruzel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2009 -- The U.S. military is building a cadre of officers who each will...

America's Best Leaders 2009 - U.S. News & World Report. Here's the full list and a slideshow - what follows are five of particular interest to our community of practice. Senior Noncommissioned...

Todd Harrison, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, wonders whether the U.S. Department of Defense will need a financial bailout, for many of the same reasons General...

Counterterrorism Gains - Michael Sheehan, Washington Times opinion. In today's debates about how to proceed in Afghanistan, the relationship between counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism...

'NATO Has the Watches, We Have the Time' - James Shinn, Wall Street Journal opinion. Those of us in the Bush administration who were responsible for its "Afghan Strategy Review" kept our mouths shut...

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations WASHINGTON, DC FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 26, 2009 Contact: Frederick Jones, Communications Director, 202-224-4651 Chairman Kerry Delivers...

One Tribe At A Time (A Strategy for Success in Afghanistan) by Major Jim Gant at Steven Pressfield's War and Reality in Afghanistan: It's The Tribes, Stupid! I've been promising for several weeks to...

The Army You Have - Dexter Filkens, New York Times book review. ... It took a long time - Iraq imploded, and 32,000 Americans were killed or wounded - but the Army finally righted itself. The...

US Tested 2 Afghan Scenarios in War Game - Greg Jaffe and Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. The Pentagon's top military officer oversaw a secret war game this month to evaluate the two primary...

War and Politics - Steve Coll, The New Yorker opinion. Over the summer, the Afghan Taliban's military committee distributed "A Book of Rules," in Pashto, to its fighters. The book's eleven chapters...

Lies, Damn Lies and Counterinsurgency Benchmarks - Carlos Lozada, Washington Post opinion. Whatever strategy President Obama chooses for Afghanistan, you can be sure that "benchmarks" or "metrics"...