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Civilian, Military Planners Have Different Views on New Approach to Afghanistan - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. Two days before announcing the deployment of additional U.S. troops to...

Holiday best wishes to the SWJ community of interest along with a NTM-A/CSTC-A update via e-mail from LTG William B. Caldwell, IV (Frontier 6); Commander, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and CG,...

Afghanistan in 2009: A Survey of the Afghan People - The Asia Foundation. On October 27, 2009, The Asia Foundation released findings from its fifth public opinion poll in Afghanistan, Afghanistan in...

Obama, Pakistan and Mullah Omar - Wall Street Journal editorial. ... If Pakistan truly has given up on its old double game of claiming to back America while allowing a Taliban sanctuary within its...

Gates Proposes $2 Billion in Funds to Aid Unstable Countries - Mary Beth Sheridan and Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has proposed a major overhaul of the way the...

America's Most-Decorated Soldier Dies In Waco - KWTX Retired Army Col. Robert L. Howard, 70, who died Wednesday in Waco, was a Medal of Honor winner who at the time of his death was believed to be...

Can U.S. Troops Run McChrystal's 'Soft Power' Playbook? - Noah Shachtman, Danger Room. ... For commanders fighting in some of Afghanistan's most hotly-contested areas, the struggle has been even...

Lieutenant Colonel JJ Malevich, the Canadian Exchange Officer and Director of COIN at the U.S. Army / USMC Counterinsurgency Center, raises the BS flag in his COIN Center blog post Winning the War...

In Afghan war, officer flourishes outside the box - Denis D. Gray, Associated Press via The Taiwan News. You may wonder how Thomas Gukeisen made it to lieutenant colonel, and by age 39 at that. He...

An officer and a creative man - Mark Moyar, New York Times opinion. As President Obama and his advisers planned their new approach to the Afghan war, the quality of Afghanistan's security forces...

The race against Obama's deadline in Afghanistan - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. Adm. Mike Mullen, the personification of American military power, is walking the streets of this dusty...

Via the Marine Corps University Press - Al-Anbar Awakening Volume I: American Perspectives (U.S. Marine Corps and Counterinsurgency in Iraq) and Al-Anbar Awakening Volume II: Iraqi Perspectives (From...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) When the counterinsurgent becomes the insurgent, 2) Is it still worth selling weapons to Taiwan? When the...

Precision Approaches: Leadership Targeting and the Helicopter as a Strategic Strike Asset in Small Wars - Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Armstrong, U.S. Navy. Our many thanks to Routledge's Taylor and...

Two stories from this morning's New York Times discuss some internal security trends inside the United States that are headed in the wrong direction. Defying all expectations, the United States has...

Strengthening our nation's front line of defense - Dennis C. Blair, Washington Post opinion. The legislation authorizing post-Sept. 11 intelligence reform -- the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism...

CNAS Releases Two Working Papers on the Future of the Force (CNAS Press Release - 17 December 2009). The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released today two important working papers as part...

Insurgents hack U.S. drones - Siobhan Gorman, Yochi J. Dreazen and August Cole, Wall Street Journal. Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S....

How partnering with the U.S. could strengthen Pakistan's sovereignty - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. The United States and Pakistan, always prone to bickering, need a big idea to unite...

Afghanistan and Pakistan: on the battle for Kandahar - Myra MacDonald, Reuters. In the vast swirl of debate about Afghanistan and Pakistan, it is worth taking the time to read this piece in the...

SWJ received a nice e-mail from LTG Bill Caldwell (Frontier 6); Commander, NATO Training Mission -- Afghanistan, as well as, Commanding General, Combined Security Transition Command -- Afghanistan;...

On December 12, the New York Times reported that the U.S. and Russian governments are talking about cyber security. In a significant change from the Bush administration's position on this issue, the...

Europe and Afghanistan - New York Times editorial. Afghanistan is not and should not be just the United States' fight. Al Qaeda has used its sanctuaries in Afghanistan and Pakistan to plot and...

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Where Is Our Kilcullen? - LtCol Michael D. Grice, Marine Corps Gazette. War is dynamic, changing, and unpredictable. The ongoing war in Iraq is no different; it has seen a fundamental shift in how...

Army Executive Irregular Warfare Conference Charts Army's Path - Janice Burton, Special Warfare. " Are we all going to become like Special Forces, or is Special Forces going to become like the rest...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Mexico's drug gangs don't want to destroy the state, they just want to rent it, 2) Does Afghanistan need the Phoenix...

Dr. Mark Moyar's response to "Overdue Bill" is exactly the kind of discussion I hoped the essay would engender. Dr. Moyar correctly points out the difficulty of creating change in academic...

A Deadline We Can Believe In? - New York Times. President Obama said that troop withdrawals from Afghanistan will begin in 18 months. Some of his advisers have hinted that the deadline is flexible....

General: Blame Taliban, Media for Afghan Civilian Deaths - Noah Shachtman, Danger Room. Top commander in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal has issued strict new guidelines on air strikes, to...