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I always find it interesting when two sets of researchers look at the same data and arrive at completely different conclusions. Earlier this week, Dave posted an essay on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan...

Comprehensive National Security Review Unlikely To Produce Significant Changes To The Military by Dr. Daniel Goure, Lexington Institute's Early Warning Blog. "... the President announced that the...

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Time for a Grand Strategy Board? By Mark Safranski at Zenpundit. "It would be a useful corrective for the better conception and execution of US policy, for the President and the Congress to create a...

... the USNI Blog for Best of Navy and Wings over Iraq for Best of Army at the 2011 Milbloggie Awards. Vote here, now.

The Sarposa Prison Break (Kandahar, Afghanistan, 2008) by Captain Nils N. French, Canadian Army, Canadian Army Journal, Summer 2008. "Prison breaks have been used as an insurgent tactic on other...

The BBC interviewed me again for its "The World Today" program. I discussed the financial cost of the war in Libya. In the interview, I got one figure wrong; I said the Pentagon's Fiscal Year 2012...

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Are Drones a Technological Tipping Point in Warfare? by Walter Pincus, Washington Post. "Debates are growing at home and abroad over the increasing use of remotely piloted, armed drones, with a new...

After Gates: Asymmetric Threats by John Nagl, Defense News. "... much remains to be done by whoever replaces Gates later this year. His successor's overarching objective will be to maximize U.S....

NATO's Last Chance by Andrew A. Michta, The American Interest. "As spring 2011 bursts into bloom, the NATO alliance finds itself withering on the vine. An alliance that was once the quintessential...

How the Soviets Lost in Afghanistan, How the Americans are Losing by Larry Goodson and Thomas H. Johnson, Foreign Policy Research Institute E-Note. "This article assesses the startling and...

Carl continues to explain the history of hearts and minds theory over at Line of Departure. Easter Uprisings by Carl Prine This is a meditation on three words -- "hearts and minds." Many modern...

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The Mission for the New Defense Chief - Yochi J. Dreazen, National Journal. BLUF: "As he prepares to step down this summer, the Defense chief has a new mission: shaping the terms of the coming debate...

Cops in the Corps by Alex Olesker, Insurgent Consciousness. BLUF: "The United States Marine Corps is planning to implement a special reserve law enforcement battalion, according to a speech by...

A New Way Forward: Rebalancing Security Assistance Programs and Authorities by Gordon Adams and Rebecca Williams, Stimson Center. As the Arab world struggles to emerge from oppressive, generations-...

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Is NATO —to pay what it will cost to take out Qaddafi? Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The cost of getting serious in Libya 2) Mexico's drug...

General David Petraeus by Robert Gates. BLUF "A decade of war has produced one of the most battle-tested, adaptive and innovative generations of military leaders the United States has ever known. At...

United States Naval Institute: An Open Letter by Raymond Pritchett - Information Dissemination. The Board's intent in proposing that we revise the Mission Statement is to take the first important...

It's been a while since we linked to a post by Ex over at Abu Muqawama and that's an oversight on our part. That said, his post today, Insurgents, Counterinsurgents, and the Provision of Social...

Yesterday, I participated in an interview on BBC 4's "The World Tonight" program. We discussed the war in Libya. The discussion begins at 17:05 and runs to 22:35. Click here to access. Nothing...

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The Military Interventions We Don't Plan For - Those to Protect Civilians by Sarah Sewall and Anthony Zinni, Washington Post. BLUF: "No intervention is simple. Yet part of the reason political...

How the U.S. military fell in love with 'Three Cups of Tea' by Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. BLUF: "... the scandal's most far-reaching impact could be on the U.S. military, which was quick to embrace...

Mullen launches diatribe against ISI by Baqir Sajjad Syed, Dawn. BLUF: "Though the Haqqani network's presence in the tribal areas and the army's reluctance to go after them has been a sore point in...

No Exit, No Problem by Jason Whiteley "♫Nowhere to run to baby, ♪nowhere to hide. ♫" Those quintessential Vietnam -era lyrics from Martha and the Vandellas in 1965 describe well the passion with...

Let's make something clear, the civil war in Libya will not end in a stalemate. The French will likely intervene with ground forces and topple the Gaddafi regime, and they will probably do it within...

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