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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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'Restrepo' Director Is Killed in Libya - C. J. Chivers, New York Times. BLUF: "Tim Hetherington, the conflict photographer who was a director and producer of the film "Restrepo," was killed in the...

A National Strategic Narrative by Mr. Y This Strategic Narrative is intended to frame our National policy decisions regarding investment, security, economic development, the environment, and...

Book Review: The Ayatollah's Democracy: An Iranian Challenge by Hooman Majd. Published by W. W. Norton, New York. 2010, 282 pages. Reviewed by Commander Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN Hooman Majd...

Book Review: The Muslim Brotherhood: The Burden of Tradition by Alison Pargeter. Published by Saqi Books, London. 300 pages, 2010. Reviewed by Commander Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN Alison...

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According to the BBC, British Foreign Secretary William Hague just announced that Britain will send 10 soldiers to Benghazi to assist Libya's rebels with logistics, intelligence, and training. This...

U.S. Still in Denial About 21st Century Threats, Says Former Obama National Security Adviser by Sandra Erwin, National Defense. BLUF: "... defense leaders should avoid becoming consumed by 'tactical...

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Update 6: Questions Over Greg Mortenson's Stories: CBS 60 Minutes, 17 April 2011 Hat tip to Galrahn at Information Dissemination via Twitter. Carolyn Kellogg at the Los Angeles Times (Investigation...