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Task Force Kingston By COL (ret.) John Collins Task Force Kingston, a reinforced platoon of K Company, 32d Infantry, 7th Infantry Division, crossed cruel North Korean terrain and braved brutal winter...

During the holiday season, Americans gather with their families to give thanks and remember their blessings. At a time when so many of America's finest men and women remain overseas fighting for the...

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Leadership and Accountability, Sometimes by Raymond Pritchett (Galrahn) at USNI Blog. Well worth the read, as are all of Galrahn's posts at Information Dissemination. BLUF: "I believe it is fair and...

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Dr. Christopher Paul at Foreign Policy: On 18 November (There's no checklist for counterinsurgency) Joshua Rovner and Tim Hoyt posted a critical but incomplete review of Victory Has a Thousand...

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RESTREPO Monday, November 29 at 9pm ET/PT Restrepo chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, Restrepo,...

A Tale of Two Manuals by Raphael S. Cohen in the current issue of the Center For Complex Operations' Prisim Journal. From the introduction: This article is a tale of two manuals, FM 3--24...

From Trinquier and Galula to Petraeus: The French Legacy in U.S. Counterinsurgency Doctrine may be downloaded here. This document is a product of France's Centre de Doctrine d' Emploi des Forces. A...

In response to the interest raised on the relevance of the Galula model for understanding and dealing with today's insurgencies, I conducted a brief inquiry with key experts on the topic - Peter...

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CNAS Policy Brief: New Strategy Needed for Afghan Economic Growth Via e-mail from CNAS: Despite ongoing security challenges, the Afghan private sector has enormous opportunity for development and...

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In the mid-90's I pondered the Kryptos sculpture through a window of a CIA dining facility and was intrigued enough to wander out into the courtyard to take a closer look. Being the Marine that I...

So says, or very close to saying, the Georgian embassy in the U.S. Via e-mail from Natia Zambakhidze of the Embassy of Georgia: Georgia "Will Become a Member of NATO," Declares NATO As Lisbon Summit...

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Even if it passes, New START will only ensure that the U.S. remains dependent on nuclear weapons. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Nuclear arms control...

Joshua Rovner and Tim Hoyt; assistant professor and professor, respectively, of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College; are skeptical about a recent RAND study Victory has a Thousand...

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Retired Generals Robert Scales (MG USA) and Paul van Riper (LtGen USMC) ask "why are our soldiers still involved in fair fights?" See their op-ed in today's Washington Post: Sgt. Giunta's fair fight...

BZ for DM in the MSM - Thom Shanker at The New York Times. DM on Facebook.

The first NATO Secretary General, Lord Ismay, stated the organization's goal was "to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down". Continue on for a series of rephrasings of this...

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The US Army/USMC Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host Major Shehryar Qureshi, Pakistan Army. on a COIN Center webcast, Thursday, 18 November at 1100 (ET). Details can be found here. The COIN...

Few observers would compare the war in Afghanistan to the World War I Battle of Verdun. But it appears as if both Gen. David Petraeus and Mullah Mohammad Omar are explicitly using classic attrition...