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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...

OEF Philippines: Thinking COIN, Practicing FID - Lieutenant Colonel Brian Petit, Special Warfare. Counterinsurgency is the formative mission of today's military. The dominant missions of the...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) China growls at the Taiwan arms sale. Is this time different? 2) Gates calls for expanded long-range striking power --...

The Way Ahead in Afghanistan: Does a Silver Bullet Exist? An Analysis of Giving Power Over to the Tribes to Achieve Victory -- Major Nathan Springer, U.S. Army/ U.S. Marine Corps Counterinsurgency...

Revenge on the Taliban, from 10,000 Feet - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. In their joint operations against Taliban militants hiding in the tribal areas, the United States and Pakistan...

Senators Warned of Terrorist Attack on U.S. by July - Mark Mazzetti, New York Times. America's top intelligence official told lawmakers on Tuesday that Al Qaeda and its affiliates had made it a high...

The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review is almost completely devoid of "news." The QDR reaffirms a long series of decisions already taken by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. There are few new initiatives...

Gates Submits 'Wartime' Defense Blueprint - National Journal. Defense Secretary Gates has submitted a "wartime" Quadrennial Defense Review of military capabilities and requirements, balancing near-...

A Look at America's New Hope: The Afghan Tribes - Ruhullah Khapalwak and David Rohde, New York Times For three decades now, Communism, civil war and Islamic fundamentalism have laid siege to...

Marines Invest in Local Afghan Projects - C. J. Chivers, New York Times. ... Following the emphasis on a more assertive counterinsurgency approach mandated last year by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal,...

Bringing National Security into the 21st Century - Daniel Langberg, World Politics Review. Two weeks ago, while discussing last November's tragic events at Fort Hood, Defense Secretary Robert Gates...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The United States fights another counterinsurgency -- in cyberspace, 2) Yes, let's partner against al Qaeda. But who,...

American Forces in the Philippines: Drawing Lessons From a Rare Success - The Economist (H/T Max). ... This is part of an American mission that started in 2002, not long after the Taliban fell in...