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Hurting U.S. Efforts to Win Minds, Taliban Disrupt Pay - Richard A. Oppel, Jr., New York Times. Since their offensive here in February, the Marines have flooded Marja with hundreds of thousands of...

How to Use Afghan Culture to Devise a Political Strategy, and Exit - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. If U.S. military commanders are right, here's how the path out of Afghanistan begins:...

Publicly Criticizing the Afghan President Hurts the U.S. - Michael O'Hanlon and Hassina Sherjan, Washington Post opinion Just four days after President Obama's surprise visit to Kabul, Afghan...

Find linked the Center for Military History's online book The U.S. Army and Irregular Warfare, 1775-2007 edited by Richard G. Davis. This book contains selected papers from the 2007 Conference of...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Note to the White House: You don't own Karzai -- he owns you, 2) The Afghan campaign is now about reputation, not...

U.S. Looking for Leaders in Afghan Army - Jim Michaels, USA Today. ... After eight years and billions of dollars spent on building Afghanistan's military, coalition officials have concluded a lack...

Via E-mail: Please join American Enterprise Institute Resident Scholar, and Director of the Critical Threats Project, Frederick W. Kagan on Monday, April 5, 2010 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm for a live...

U.S. Campaign to Reform Kandahar is Rife with Pitfalls - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. The coming battle for control of this ancient crossroads city will be the toughest challenge of the...

Unruly Clients: The Trouble with Allies - Dr. Steven Metz, World Affairs. When Congress approved a massive, five-year assistance package for Pakistan in the fall of 2009, much of it earmarked for...

Via e-mail from Dr. Amitai Etzioni, University Professor and Professor of International Relations at The George Washington University: Jane Mayer made the liberal case against drones in The New...

Middle East Studies at Marine Corps University is pleased to announce that the audio from the MES AfPak Lecture Series third session, "Afghanistan: War of Necessity or Quagmire" presented by...

In About-Face, Marines Embrace Web 2.0 - Nathan Hodge, Danger Room. Last summer, the U.S. Marine Corps took a draconian approach to Web 2.0, issuing a sweeping ban on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and...

Three recent articles in Special Warfare recommended via e-mail (Hat tip to COL Dave Maxwell): The Great UW Debate by Colonel David M. Witty. The Special Forces community has been trying to...

The Other Side of the COIN: Perils of Premature Evacuation from Iraq - Kenneth M. Pollack and Irena L. Sargsyan, Washington Quarterly. The United States is leaving Iraq. Both the U.S. administration...

Obama Makes a Surprise Visit to Afghanistan - Helene Cooper, New York Times. President Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan on Sunday, his first visit as commander in chief to the site of the...

Ayad Allawi's predominantly Sunni alliance won Iraq's national election, narrowly edging out Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's list to become the largest bloc in the country's next parliament, and...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Bargaining in Afghanistan will open up new fissures, 2) Killer drones: our friends today, our worst fear tomorrow....

Pentagon Revamps Afghanistan Deployments - Yochi Dreazen, Wall Street Journal. The Pentagon is revamping the way it deploys troops to Afghanistan, putting in place a new system that will return...

Holding Pakistan: The Second Phase of Pakistan's Counterinsurgency Operations - Haider Ali Hussein Mullick, Foreign Affairs. Summary: Conventional wars are won by capturing territory, but...

In my last SWJ blog entry, I introduced the Army Learning Concept 2015 being "championed" by the TRADOC G3. Following up on that post, I want to briefly highlight our discussions on this subject...

Gates Seeks Review of Information Programs - Craig Whitlock, Washington Post. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has ordered a review of the military's information operations programs in response to...

JFCOM Likes Navy IW Plane - Greg Grant, Defense Tech. The quest for a low-cost, low-tech, irregular warfare aircraft to provide ground pounders with long loitering, on-call recon and strike got a...

Every so often Small Wars Journal receives master theses or articles based on a master thesis written at our professional military education institutions. We recently received two of particular...

Via Foreign Policy's Joshua Keating on Tom Ricks's The Best Defense - The Best Defense has won the 2010 Digital National Magazine award for best blog! We second Joshua's take on Tom's efforts -...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Is this what defeat looks like? 2) Reining in rogues? Or stifling initiative? Is this what defeat looks like? On March...

Developing a Common Understanding of Unconventional Warfare by Lieutenant Colonel Mark Grdovic, US Army, Special Operations Command Central, in the latest issue of Joint Force Quarterly. The current...

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Two days ago, the Economist posted this report on the My Lai Inquiry (H/T to Pete) on their YouTube channel. See also Calley's My Lai Apology. The US Army conducted its own, secret inquiry into the...

Yesterday, U.S. Joint Forces Command released its Joint Operating Environment 2010 report (JOE). JOE is an ambitious document, an attempt discuss a broad range of 25-year global trends, all in less...

Joint Operating Environment 2010 Foreword While U.S. Joint Forces Command's Joint Operating Environment (JOE) in no way constitutes U.S. Government policy and must necessarily be speculative in...