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Does Counterinsurgency as State-Building Work? Maria Costigan asks Jill Hazelton, Research Fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center, in a recent interview. BLUF We have a conventional wisdom on...

Statement by the Army on Photographs Published by Rolling Stone "The photos published by Rolling Stone are disturbing and in striking contrast to the standards and values of the United States Army....

Forging a Libya Strategy: Policy Recommendations for the Obama Administration by Andrew Exum and Zachary Hosford, Center for a New American Security Policy Brief. While the situation in Libya...

What Will "Odyssey Dawn" Bring? America, Libya, and the "Arab Spring" Monday, March 28, 2011, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Click here to watch this event live online at 12:30 p.m. EDT. With the initiation of...

The Libya Dilemma: The Limits of Air Power by Stephen Biddle, Washington Post opinion. BLUF: "The problem remains that warfare rarely allows big payoffs from small investments. As citizens of a...

Infinity Journal has just published its second issue and it is well worth checking out. The site requires registration, but there is no cost. Issue # 2 articles include: Reconsidering War's Logic...

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Over at the The New York Review of Books, Nicolas Pelham offers another look into defining and describing the motivations and interest of those rebelling in Libya in his article The Battle for Libya...

Small Nuclear Reactors: Enabling Energy Security for Warfighters by Micah J. Loudermilk Last month, the Institute for National Strategic Studies at National Defense University released a report...

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The Middle East Crisis Has Just Begun by Robert Kaplan, Wall Street Journal opinion. BLUF: "For the U.S., democracy's fate in the region matters much less than the struggle between the Saudis and...

The Libya air campaign will not be as quick or painless as the White House seems to think. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Has Obama been seduced by air...

Ryan C. Crocker to Receive 2011 Marshall Medal - Association of the United States Army. BLUF: "The medal will be presented to Crocker by the AUSA Council of Trustees in recognition of his lifelong...

King's College Department of War Studies' Podcast - Dr. John Nagl, President of the Center for a New American Security, talks to Professor Theo Farrell, Department of War Studies, King's College,...

Via the U.S. Army's STAND-TO!: Rapid Afghanistan Experience Project: Contemporary Lessons Learned What is it? In full collaboration with other Army operational readiness stakeholders, U.S. Army...

A New Tool For U.S. Intelligence: Google? By Dina Temple-Raston, National Public Radio Morning Edition article and audio. BLUF: "Gabriel Koehler-Derrick, an instructor at West Point, and Joshua...

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Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Experts: Did State Get the QDDR Right? Washington, D.C., March 24, 2011 -- The Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), released by the State...

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Small Wars, Disorder, Likely DoD Bills by Nathan Freier at DoD Buzz. BLUF: "Libya, Bahrain, Egypt, North Korea, Haqqani Network, al Qaeda, Rwanda, Bosnia: the list of unpredictable and largely...

No, our best officers are not running off: 4 officers respond to that Atlantic article at Tom Rick's Best Defense. Colonel James Miller, US Army; Captain Anthony Calandra, US Navy; Lieutenant Colonel...

Book Review: The Bonus by Georgia Lowe Lucky Dime Press, 2010, 398p. Trade paperback, ISBN# 978-0-615-37145-0 $18.95 Reviewed by Mike Few Georgia Lowe's debut novel, The Bonus, vividly captures a...

SWJ friend Major Steven Brothers, who authored Considerations on Libya for SWJ, wrote a book review on Louis Martinez's The Libyan Paradox over at ASMEA (Association for the Study of the Middle East...

Beating Back the Taliban by Dr. Seth Jones, Foreign Policy / RAND. BLUF: "Despite all the political hand-wringing in Washington over the war in Afghanistan, it's the Taliban who are now on the...

Building Critical Thinkers by General Martin Dempsey, Armed Forces Journal. BLUF: "The challenges ahead of us in the 21st century security environment mandate that we reinvigorate our commitment to...

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I thought I'd share a summary from today's National Military Academy of Afghanistan Graduation Ceremony for Class 1389 (solar year) where President Hamid Karzai publicly announced the way forward...

Our favorite Pittsburgh Tribune Review reporter and SWJ friend Carl Prine is now blogging at Military.com. See Carl Prine's Line of Departure.