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by SWJ Editors | Sun, 08/18/2013 - 10:58pm | 1 comment

The Killing Machines: How to Think About Drones by Mark Bowden, The Atlantic.

by SWJ Editors | Sun, 08/18/2013 - 7:14am | 0 comments

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by SWJ Editors | Sat, 08/17/2013 - 11:51am | 1 comment

"Tracy and her colleagues were part of the Human Terrain System, a project whose creators saw themselves as a band of progressive upstarts seeking to transform the Army from within."

by SWJ Editors | Sat, 08/17/2013 - 5:45am | 0 comments

Cartel Car Bombings in Mexico by SWJ-El Centro Senior Fellows Robert Bunker and John Sullivan, Strategic Studies Institute.

by John P. Sullivan | Sat, 08/17/2013 - 5:37am | 1 comment

SWJ-El Centro Fellow Robert Killebrew has a new op-ed at War on the Rocks. In the piece, Colonel Killebrew assesses the convergence between TCOs and the IRGC/Quds Force in the Western Hemisphere.

by SWJ Editors | Sat, 08/17/2013 - 5:30am | 0 comments

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by SWJ Editors | Fri, 08/16/2013 - 8:30pm | 1 comment

The 23 Twitter Accounts to Follow on Egypt per the Washington Post.

by SWJ Editors | Fri, 08/16/2013 - 6:54pm | 0 comments

"Soldiers, in this view, are no longer seen as models of self-control, courage and patriotism. Instead they are victims and should be treated as patients."

by SWJ Editors | Fri, 08/16/2013 - 4:02pm | 1 comment

New State Department Religion Office Provokes Concerns by Jerome Socolovsky, Voice of America.

by SWJ Editors | Fri, 08/16/2013 - 7:31am | 0 comments

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by SWJ Editors | Thu, 08/15/2013 - 8:25am | 3 comments

A Cheaper, Stronger Army by Mark Fitzgerald, David Deptula, and Gian Gentile, The National Interest.

by SWJ Editors | Thu, 08/15/2013 - 3:46am | 0 comments

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by SWJ Editors | Wed, 08/14/2013 - 3:54pm | 2 comments

"... his (Gentile) attack on a specific operational concept misses the fundamental reason that counterinsurgency has failed to achieve its intended results."

by SWJ Editors | Wed, 08/14/2013 - 9:05am | 0 comments

"I believe the correct number is about 9,000 U.S. and 6,000 allied troops, for a total of about 15,000 allied trainers who would focus on mentoring, training, and advising."

by SWJ Editors | Wed, 08/14/2013 - 6:48am | 0 comments

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by SWJ Editors | Tue, 08/13/2013 - 7:20am | 1 comment

Many readers of this book will have heard (or said) that “doctrine is only a guide.” Indeed, the tactical agility demonstrated by the US Army on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan is due in no small part to a cultural imperative that prizes solutions above all else.

by SWJ Editors | Tue, 08/13/2013 - 6:08am | 0 comments

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by SWJ Editors | Tue, 08/13/2013 - 5:36am | 4 comments

"The American people should not accept a narrative suggesting that nation-building wars are worth fighting simply because they have been fought."

by SWJ Editors | Mon, 08/12/2013 - 10:05pm | 0 comments

Via The Marine Corps Gazette: "... come join us from October 12-14th in Chicago to accelerate your ideas or learn how to accelerate them in the future."

by SWJ Editors | Mon, 08/12/2013 - 4:44pm | 8 comments

"Until May 26, the assailant, if one were named, was referred to as an insurgent. Now, attackers are called "enemies of Afghanistan."

by SWJ Editors | Mon, 08/12/2013 - 8:38am | 0 comments

"It is clear that UW cannot 'belong' solely to one military force, nor even to the military alone.  It is a strategic mission that is an offensive option for policymakers and strategists."

by SWJ Editors | Mon, 08/12/2013 - 6:34am | 0 comments

"The Human Terrain System and its $250 million price tag for the year may provide an inviting target for budget cutters."

by SWJ Editors | Mon, 08/12/2013 - 6:29am | 0 comments

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by SWJ Editors | Sun, 08/11/2013 - 3:18pm | 0 comments

"Will the murder conviction of a soldier who ordered his men to shoot unarmed Afghans last year improve the safety and success of US military operations in Afghanistan?"

by SWJ Editors | Sun, 08/11/2013 - 9:58am | 13 comments

"The Total Army – regular, Guard, and reserve – should be the product of realistic assessments of an uncertain world."