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Gates Calls for Building Foreign Troops' Capacity By John J. Kruzel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2010 -- The United States should devote more energy and overseas aid dollars...

Washington Post's On Leadership: General David Petraeus tells Washington Post reporter David Ignatius what leadership lessons he's learned from Ulysses Grant and Rudy Giuliani. General David...

Now in paperback: The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education by Craig M. Mullaney. Here's what we posted almost a year ago: The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education By Craig M. Mullaney If...

Debating Afghanistan - Paul R. Pillar and John Nagl, from the March/April 2010 issue of The National Interest. With thirty thousand new boots on the ground, Kabul is set to become the primary focus...

Marine General James N. Mattis, commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command, speaking at a Center for a New American Security event on 18 February in conjunction with the official release of a study by...

The Marine Corps University cordially invites you to attend a one-day strategic symposium on 21 April 2010 entitled "Emerald Express Strategic Symposium, Afghanistan: The Way Ahead." Bringing...

Every so often Small Wars Journal receives master theses or articles based on a master thesis written at our professional military education institutions. We recently received three of particular...

A new president takes the oath of office. He now leads a superpower that has been fighting a stubborn insurgency in Afghanistan for seven years. Realizing he needs to take a new approach to the war,...

The U.S. Army and the other Armed Services exist to fight and win America's wars. In the current operational environment, the definition of "fighting and winning America's wars" is the subject of...

Mattis: Obsolete Thinking Worse Than Obsolete Weapons By John J. Kruzel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2010 -- The only thing worse than obsolete weapons in war is obsolete...

And so, it begins. I have departed the Office of Net Assessment, OSD, and for the next four years, at least, I will serve the United States by serving with or among other nation's military forces....

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Could Mullah Baradar arrange a truce in Afghanistan? 2) What will get Iran to change course? Could Mullah Baradar arrange...

Mark Moyar, author of A Question of Command: Counterinsurgency from the Civil War to Iraq, has a posting today at The Daily Beast entitled Can the Afghans Keep Order? As the Marja offensive winds...

A newly posted Center for a New American Security (CNAS) report highlights a need to revitalize the U.S. military officer corps: The U.S. military officer corps faces an ever-increasing array of...

Malcolm Nance has a new book out, An End to al-Qaeda: Destroying Bin Laden's Jihad and Restoring America's Honor. He discussed the book yesterday in this clip on the Rachel Maddow show....

The failure on February 11 of Iran's Green Movement to disrupt the government's celebration of the Islamic revolution has caused many of the movement's activists to question their tactics and wonder...

General Martin E. Dempsey is the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). This is a repost from TRADOC live. Two months ago, TRADOC published a major revision...

The Center for a New American Security Officership event (keynote and panel discussion) has been rescheduled for February 18 - Keeping the Edge: Revitalizing America's Military Officer Corps. To...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Is the Green Revolution an insurgency? 2) A Green Beret's advice: Think COIN, but don't do COIN. Is the Green Revolution...

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has released a new backgrounder, Operation Moshtarak: Preparing for the Battle of Marjah, which is the first installment in series of publications analyzing...

Mullah as Insurgent: Social Mobility and God - Lieutenant Colonel J.J. Malevich, U.S. Army/U.S. Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center. ... Islam, piety, and the power of the mullah are important...

Commanders' Under Scrutiny at the Combined Arms Center Blog has an important ongoing discussion. (Hat Tip to Marine Colonel Phil Ridderhof) All, this article was recently published in The Washington...

One of my pet peeves is that British Army Review is not published electronically. Dr. David Betz sums it up nicely -- why??!!. That said, David does us a service by publishing a BAR book review in...

Lot's of good stuff in the most recent edition of Armed Forces Journal to include the following by SWJ friends and la familia: The Founders' Wisdom by LTC Paul L. Yingling. The U.S. faces a number...

Kilcullen (I): Here's What Not to Measure in a COIN Campaign - Tom Ricks at FP's Best Defense. When David Kilcullen is at his best, he is unexcelled at discussing how to wage a counterinsurgency...

SWJ just got word from the Center for a New American Security that due to the lingering effects of the recent snow storm - and the possibility of yet more snow - tomorrow's Keeping the Edge:...

A Well-Written War, Told in the First Person - Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times. ... Soldier-writers have long produced American literature, from Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs about the Civil War to...

The military's invigorated focus on accountability also seems driven by commanders' experience in war zones. Many of today's senior commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan are on their second or third...

NATO Ministers, Commanders Advertise Planned Offensive in Southern Afghanistan - Craig Whitlock, Washington Post. For the upcoming Battle of Marja, the element of surprise has already gone by the...