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Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) What happens when the U.S. and Pakistan split up? 2) America's Asian allies examine their options. What happens when the...

U.S. Army / Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Workshop Videos - Watch the presentations from the COIN Center's COIN Leaders Workshop held 27 - 29 October 2009. Includes a COIN Center overview, COIN...

Positive Petraeus Lessons - Mary Claire Kendall, Washington Times opinion. The essence of counterinsurgency strategy (COIN), integral to defeating Sept. 11, 2001-type extremists infecting various...

The massacre at Fort Hood is a reminder that the War on Terror is not fought just in south Afghanistan or Mosul. It is a global war also fought in an office building inside a military base in Texas....

Counterinsurgency: The Challenge for NATO Strategy and Operations (250 pages - pdf). Produced by the NATO Defense College and edited by Dr. Christopher Schnaubelt, this document includes an...

Mr. Obama's Task - New York Times editorial. There is no doubt that the prospects for success in Afghanistan are so bleak right now because former President George W. Bush failed for seven long...

Understanding the Surge from ISW on Vimeo. The Surge: the Untold Story is a 34 minute documentary produced by the Institute for the Study of War. This video documents the Iraq Surge as part of a...

Afghan Corruption Concerns US Policy Planners - Gary Thomas, Voice of America. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has been roundly criticized in the international community for presiding over a...

The latest U.S. Army / Marine Corps COIN Center SITREP - Includes Counterinsurgency, Stability Operations, and Security Forces Assistance updates.

Army Tells its Soldiers to 'Bribe' the Taleban - Michael Evans, The Times. British forces should buy off potential Taleban recruits with "bags of gold", according to a new army field manual...

1st Battalion, 5th Marines PowerPoint AAR - COIN in Helmand: After the Clear, Thoughts and Tips on Non Kinetic Actions - most certainly worth a thousand words.

A Blue Line in Afghanistan - Michael O'Hanlon, Washington Post opinion. As President Obama wrestles with whether to send more troops to Afghanistan despite widespread corruption in the government of...

Enough Afghan Debate - David S. Broder, Washington Post opinion. The more President Obama examines our options in Afghanistan, the less he likes the choices he sees. But, as the old saying goes, to...

The Gnome Society has been added to the SWJ blogroll. Described by the host as "... my own little think tank of Marines dedicated to candid and critical thought regarding the future of our beloved...

The View From Man Bear Pig - Bing West, Westwrite. ... It was my third visit since April to rifle companies in northern and southern Afghanistan. In all, those visits included 40 to 50 shuras (...

Mr. President, Take Your Time on Afghanistan - Joseph L. Galloway, McClatchy Newspapers. President Barack Obama has yet to decide where we're going and what we're doing in Afghanistan, but if the...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1. The Saudi-Iranian proxy war escalates: good news for the U.S., 2. Sri Lanka's civil war is not really over. The Saudi-...

ABC News has procured Taliban video of the 2008 attack on COP Wanat. For background, see here, here, and here.

Losing Kilcullen - Greg Grant, DoD Buzz Forget the Vietnam analogies. Influential Australian counterinsurgency adviser, David Kilcullen, says the Obama administration risks a Suez style disaster if...

While on his way today to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates revealed to reporters (in the course of blasting anonymous leakers) a few snippets from the Obama administration's...

US Envoy Resists Increase in Troops - Greg Jaffe, Scott Wilson and Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. The US ambassador in Kabul sent two classified cables to Washington in the past week expressing...

I wrote this essay a little more than five years ago, back in April 2004. The story, however, is not dated. Like most soldiers, I've lost some of those I was connected to in these wars we have been...

Obama Receives New Afghan Option - Peter Spiegel and Yochi Dreazen, Wall Street Journal. President Barack Obama on Wednesday will consider a new compromise plan for adding troops to Afghanistan that...

Standing Tall in Harm's Way - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. In the aftermath of the Fort Hood shootings, some commentaries have examined the damage to the US Army from the wars in Iraq...

World War I -- known at the time as "The Great War" - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France....

Ultra-Realistic Modern Warfare Game Features Awaiting Orders, Repairing Trucks H/T Captain Crispin Burke.

Will vigilantes in Mexico succeed where the police and army have failed? Will it take a Mexican "Los Pepes" movement to effectively battle Mexico's drug cartels? Two recent stories from Mexico hint...

Afghans React To Possible U.S. Troop Surge By Sean Maroney, Voice of America Kabul 09 November 2009 As U.S. President Barack Obama debates with his advisers on whether to increase the number of...

A Birthday Message from the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps

Over at Foreign Policy's AfPak Channel - AfPak Experts Advise Obama. As the Obama administration ponders the way forward in Afghanistan, the AfPak Channel reached out to experts who have lived in...