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Top Stories / Items of Interest Warplanes and Troops Besiege Protesters in Libyan Capital - New York Times Libyan Regime Launches Brutal Crackdown - Washington Post Gadhafi Battles to Hang On - Wall...

UPDATE: 21 Feb 2011 According to a just-released article in the Washington Post, U.S. officials have confirmed that Raymond Davis is a contract employee of the CIA, responsible for security at a safe...

Wishful Thinking and Indecisive Wars by Ralph Peters, The Journal of International Security Affairs. BLUF: "Of all the enemies we face today and may face tomorrow, the most dangerous is our own...

Top Stories / Items of Interest Besieged Arab Leaders Struggle to Contain Masses - Washington Post Protests Spread in Arab Nations - Washington Times U.S. Urges Arab Governments to Heed Calls for...

The 'Long War' May Be Getting Shorter by Nathaniel Fick and John Nagl, New York Times opinion. BLUF: "It is hard to tell when momentum shifts in a counterinsurgency campaign, but there is increasing...

Egypt Trip Report (Part II) by Andrew Exum Andrew Exum is a contributor to Small Wars Journal and a fellow at the Center for a New American Security. His dispatches from Egypt will be cross-posted...

Top Stories / Items of Interest Mideast Leaders Look to Hold onto Power - Washington Post Libya and Yemen Meet Protests with Deadly Force - Los Angeles Times Libya, Yemen Crack Down; Bahrain Pulls...

Egypt Trip Report (Part I) by Andrew Exum Andrew Exum is a contributor to Small Wars Journal and a fellow at the Center for a New American Security. His dispatches from Egypt will be cross-posted...

Top Stories / Items of Interest Anti-Government Protests Spread Across Middle East, North Africa - VOA Battle Lines Harden Across the Mideast as Rulers Dig In - New York Times From Libya to Yemen,...

Here's the "advance praise" for Bing West's The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan: "Bing West is many things—a battle-wise veteran, a skeptical journalist, and above...

How should we classify Mexico's drug violence? Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) What kind of problem does Mexico have? 2) Can the United States cope with...

Conflict resolution and peace negotiations will be highlighted over the coming months as the United States begins a shift in President Obama's comprehensive counterinsurgency plan towards transition...

Top Stories / Items of Interest Protests Grow Violent Across Middle East, N. Africa - Los Angeles Times Popular Rage Encounters State Violence in Mideast - New York Times Populist Empowerment Grips...

Sharp as a Modern Jomini? In response to an earlier post, Barry Zellen, former research assistant to Gene Sharp and current Editor of The Culture & Conflict Review, sent us this email, "I liked...

The War Within: Preventing Suicide in the U.S. Military by Rajeev Ramchand, Joie Acosta, Rachel M. Burns, Lisa H. Jaycox, Christopher G. Pernin BLUF. Since late 2001, U.S. military forces have been...

This article (NY Times login required) about Gene Sharp, already included in today's SWJ Roundup, probably warrants a special look  by our community.  It provides a brief intro to his...

Top Stories / Items of Interest Unrest Spreads, Some Violently, in Middle East - New York Times Sense of Populist Empowerment Grips Middle East - Washington Post Freed by Egypt's Revolt, Workers...

Did Gen. Mattis pull duty on Christmas so a Marine could be with his family? Jeff Schogol has the answer at Stars and Stripes.

Top Stories / Items of Interest Obama Urges Mideast Allies to 'Get Out Ahead' of Protests - Washington Post Wave of Unrest Rolls Into Gulf - Wall Street Journal Violence in Yemen Protests;...

The Unnoticed Surge in Afghan Security by Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV, Chicago Tribune opinion. BLUF: "The surge of Afghans is the remarkable story of the tremendous growth of the...

Top Stories / Items of Interest Egypt's Generals Try to Quell Strikes - Washington Post Egypt Army Sets 6-Month Blueprint, Future Role Unclear - New York Times Egyptian Military Criticizes Public...

Weight of War: Gear that Protects Troops Also Injures Them by Hal Bernton, Seattle Times. BLUF: "Military studies acknowledge that combat soldiers are carrying too much weight - often more than 100...

Click here to see the summary of today's FY 2012 budget request rollout at the Pentagon. Some highlights (all dollar figures in billions): 1) DoD top line declines from projected $708 in FY11 (...

The Sacrifice Ahead: The 2012 Defense Budget - Center for a New American Security policy brief by Travis Sharp. The fiscal year 2012 defense budget request is a break from the past ten years of...

Top Stories / Items of Interest Egyptian Military Dissolves Parliament - New York Times Egypt Military Dissolves Parliament, Suspends Constitution - Los Angeles Times Egypt's Generals Impose Martial...

SWJ friend, Carl Prine, recently published an investigative series on wounded warriors for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. BLUF: Thousands of sick and wounded soldiers within the Army's Warrior...

Top Stories / Items of Interest Egypt's Military Rulers Pledge Peaceful Transition - Washington Post Military Offers Assurances to Egypt and Neighbors - New York Times Egypt Army Struggles to Clear...

We Could Still 'Lose' Iraq by Max Boot, Los Angeles Times opinion. BLUF: "The country has made great strides, but inattention by the U.S. puts all those gains at risk."