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Afghan War Campaign Gets Mixed Reviews by Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press. BLUF: "Three U.S. officials who have seen the report [Afghanistan National Intelligence Estimate] say it concludes that...

Obama's Afghan withdrawal speech may mark the end of the U.S. counterinsurgency experiment. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) By tossing the COIN to...

Thoughts on Stanton S. Coerr, "Ten Years Gone." by TOWNIE 76 at OPFOR. Commentary on SWJ article Ten Years Gone by Stanton Coerr. BLUF: "Unfortunately for the United States and in particular the...

Counterinsurgency: One Elder at a Time by Jarrin Jackson I visited a small, isolated Afghan village near the Pakistan border in early 2011. My mission was to gather information, identify concerns,...

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Obama Orders Cuts in 'Surge' Troops in Afghanistan Voice of America US President Barack Obama announced he is withdrawing 10,000 US troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year and will bring home...

Ten Whats With... Col. Gian Gentile by Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations. On COIN and IW: "I think with the current fad and fetish of counterinsurgency, irregular wars, often times...

NATO After Libya: The Atlantic Alliance in Austere Times by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Foreign Affairs. BLUF: "The economic challenges that European nations face are immense, but that must not prevent...

Afghan Troop Withdrawal: Beginning Of The End For Petraeus Counterinsurgency Strategy by David Wood, Huffington Post. BLUF: "President Barack Obama's decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan...

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Less is Often More? The Paradoxical Impact of Force and Resource Constraints This is a post that I never would have written while practicing the art in Iraq. On the ground level, every commander...

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Obama to Announce Afghan Withdraw Plans Wednesday By Dan Robinson Voice of America The White House says President Barack Obama will announce his decision on the size and pace of a U.S. troop drawdown...

Wired's David Kravets broke the news and has the details here. BLUF: "A federal judge ruled Monday that publishing an entire article without the rights holder's authorization was a fair use of the...

Resolving Insurgencies by Dr. Thomas R. Mockaitis, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute monograph. Here's a brief synopsis: Understanding how insurgencies may be brought to a successful...

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released today the transcripts and videos from its fifth annual conference, Risk and Reward: American Security in an Age of Uncertainty, which took place...

Basic Training: How Gates Grew by Julian E. Barnes, Wall Street Journal. BLUF: "After four-and-a-half years as defense secretary, under both Republican and Democratic presidents, Robert Gates has...

Afghanistan is Making Undeniable Progress, But it Could All Unravel, New York Daily News opinion piece by Michael Yon. BLUF: "... there are unmistakable signs of progress in Afghanistan, and Gen....

Infinity Journal, Issue No. 3, Summer 2011, has just been published. The latest issue includes: Martin van Creveld, "The Second Lebanon War: A Re-assessment." T.X. Hammes, "Limited Means Strategy:...

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Re: Karzai Announces Peace Talks with Taliban - VOA Karzai: US in Peace Talks with Taliban - WP Lashing Out, Karzai Says US Talking to the Taliban - NYT US Contacted Taliban about Afghan Peace Deal...

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Looking Back, Gates Says He's Grown Wary of 'Wars of Choice' by Thom Shanker and Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times. BLUF: "Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, as he prepared to depart the government...

You can find the latest story and a very recent video at BBC News. BLUF: "One committed protester was at the front line when Greek police fired teargas at protesters outside parliament on Wednesday...

As a follow-up to our SWJ post, Army, Marine Corps clashing over cammies..., CNN's Jennifer Rizzo reports Army sets out to buy three new camouflage patterns. BLUF: "This time around, the Army is...

Caldwell Aims to Build Up Afghan Forces by Lance Bacon, Marine Corps Times. BLUF: "Sure, you would like to shake the hand of the Navy SEAL who capped Osama bin Laden. But you have a lot more riding...

A Complex Man In A Complex Country Is Killed by Jeff Raleigh My friend Lt General Daud Daud was killed two weeks ago in his home province of Takar, Afghanistan. The General was in a meeting with...

Pakistan's Army Is Ready for Its Close-Up by Tom Wright, Wall Street Journal. BLUF: "Pakistan's powerful army is involved in domestic politics, foreign affairs and defending the nation's soil from...

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"The United States believes that the new sanctions regime for Afghanistan will serve as an important tool to promote reconciliation, while isolating extremists... It should also send a clear message...