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Considerations on Libya by Steven T. Brothers We must prevent Qaddafi from more efficiently slaughtering his own people. This can be accomplished with intervention. Yet, we must carefully weigh the...

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The 2011 Army Posture Statement was published on 2 March. The Army Posture Statement is the written testimony of the secretary of the Army and the chief of staff of the Army to Congress for the...

Peace-Building That Pays Off by General Anthony Zinni (USMC, Ret.), New York Times opinion. BLUF: "In voting last month to eliminate financing for the United States Institute of Peace, members of the...

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British Reporter John Oliver attempts a key leader interview in an ungoverned space/denied area. In order to accomplish his task, he must covertly infiltrate, blend in with the local populace, gain...

Imposing a No-fly Zone in Libya - WTOP radio interview with Robert Haddick, managing editor for Small Wars Journal, who wrote the "This Week at War" column at Foreign Policy concerning the '...

Some Advice to Evil Dictators by Steven Eden Things look pretty bleak for monarchs, presidents, and mullahs from Casablanca to Tehran these days. Crowds in the street, hesitant soldiers, frightened...

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US Naval Institute: An Open Letter by Captain Victor Addison, U.S. Navy (Ret.) (Posted at Information Dissemination - Bolded emphasis SWJ.) For too many years, I have not paid close attention to the...

Gates in Afghanistan to Assess Troop Withdrawals by Elisabeth Bumiller New York Times. "... unannounced trip to meet with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and begin assessments to determine the...

Bing West's "The Wrong War," on Afghanistan Strategy - Washington Post book review by Chris Bray. BLUF: "... West ends his descriptive and analytical narrative with prescription, in a chapter titled...

Undermanned, Overwhelmed by Dan Green Armed Forces Journal. BLUF: "Much of our approach to stability operations has been about doing what our bureaucracies are comfortable with rather than dealing...

The Army's Foreign Area Officer Program: To Wither or to Improve? By Lieutenant Colonel Daniel E Moutan, Army Magazine. BLUF "The Army has come a long way in establishing a professional FAO program...

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Colombia Assuming Instructor Role for Other Militaries by Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times. BLUF: "We have a lot to learn from Colombia. We're now going through what they have experienced for the last...

Ground Truth: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan Center for Naval Analyses Briefing When: Monday, 7 March 2011, 10:30 am -- 12:00 pm Where: Capitol Hill, Cannon House Office Building, Room 122 This...

PRC 2023: The Now or Never Moment on Taiwan by Robert Jordan Prescott at House of Marathon, BLUF: "... in the 2023-2032 time frame, the PRC leadership may conclude a now or never moment faces the...

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Over the last month, as the situation is questioned in Afghanistan and small wars perculate throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa, the discussion has returned towards asking what is the...

Forget no-fly zones; if Obama really wants to be rid of Qaddafi, it means changing the balance of power on the ground. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1)...

CNAS Report: U.S. and Mexico Should Embrace Regional Cooperation to Combat Drug Cartels As Presidents Obama and Calderón continue to discuss the United States and Mexico's efforts to combat...

Several of us at Small Wars Journal are card carrying members of the U.S. Naval Institute. For those of you who might ask why the current bru-ha-ha concerning the proposed changes in USNI's mission...

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Via USNI: U.S. Naval Institute 2011 Member Ballot Announcement For all Members of the Naval Institute, In the 2011 annual ballot the Board of Directors has recommended an historic change to the...

Forty-Five Years of Frustration America's Enduring Dilemma of Fighting Insurgents with Airpower by Dr. Mark Clodfelter, Air and Space Power Journal BLUF: "The problem for American air chiefs-and...

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The March-April 2011 Edition of Military Review has been published. Here is the lineup with links to individual articles: Change 1 to Field Manual 3-0: The Way the Army Fights Today by Lieutenant...

Report Urges Rethink of U.S. Aid in Afghanistan (Canadian Press) and Ex-Pentagon Adviser Says U.S. Should Cut Afghan Aid (Associated Press) both point here: Development in Afghanistan's...