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The kick-off of the spring "fighting season" will spur narratives of an Afghan Tet and counter-narratives of the dying gasps of a spent adversary.

What are the effects of a decade of war on society and polity?

In my Foreign Policy column, I ponder whether the collapse of Iran's oil trade, combined with internal repression, will create another North Korea.

When we have run out of money, it is time to start thinking. Some examples.

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup and links to the USNI Daily and Real Clear World.  

The Atlantic reports on the 10th Mountain Division Band and its effort to create Afghan military bands.  COIN.

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup and links to the USNI Daily and Real Clear World.

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup and links to the USNI Daily and Real Clear World. 

In advance of a hemispheric summit in Colombia this weekend the Washington Post reports that Latin American countries are pursuing alternatives to the US drug war strategy.

The craze spreads to the Naval Institute blog.

The Mohammed Merah incident and its significance for France.

LTC Brian Petit looks at how social media could affect future UW operations.

Andrew Lebovich comments on the situation in Mali.

Saudi Arabia and Iran are fighting a proxy war in Syria. It will be their most intense yet, and not their last.

Doctrine Man weighs in on disruptive thinkers.

A new book from two SWJ El Centro fellows on Los Zetas.

A call for more dialogue on the lines of Ben Kohlmann's provocative piece.

Pundits take a crack at a question that is not as simple as it seems.

There is nothing new under the sun.  Anti-access/area denial is no exception.

In HASC testimony, Dave Maxwell calls for understanding over naming as we consider irregular warfare.

Some editorial guidance and a call for papers on a profusion of topics.

Latin American governments are bringing militaries on the streets to combat gangs and cartels, but at what price?

Australia will help the U.S. Navy with its challenges in the South China Sea. But the Navy has deeper problems to fix.

A recent report from RAND describes the cultural differences between intelligence analysts and policymakers.

Stephen N. Xenakis, a retired Army brigadier general and a psychiatrist asks and opines on “Who is fit to fight?” in a Washington Post opinion piece.

A look at Afghanistan through the eyes of LTC John Loftis, who was killed in the Ministry attack on 25 February 2012.

From Defense.gov: The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act established Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP), providing $500 for each month/partial month served in stop loss status....

My Foreign Policy column examines what Central Command's Internal Look war game says about U.S. preparations for a conflict with Iran.

Is COIN a math problem?

Mexican officers investigating gruesome murders are ambushed leaving 12 killed and 14 wounded.