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At the risk of seriously degrading office productivity everywhere, I bring to your attention the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) latest request for help. DARPA wants you to help it...

Task Force "No Slack," 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st BCT, 101st Airborne Division assaults into Taliban safehavens as the spring fighting season begins

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We don't need no education We don't need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom Teachers leave them kids alone Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone! All in all it's just another brick in...

An Evaluation of Counterinsurgency as a Strategy for Fighting the Long War by Lieutenant Colonel Baucum Fulk, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute Letort Papers, 21 March 2011....

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States of Conflict: An Update -- New York Times op-chart by Ian Livingston, Heather Messera, Michael O'Hanlon and Amy Unikewicz. "Leaving aside all the new conflicts in the Middle East, how are our...

CAAT in Support of Transition: Embedding with the Afghan National Army in Zabul by the Counterinsurgency Advisory & Assistance Team, International Security Assistance Force, is a March 2011...

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Win, Learn, Focus, Adapt, Win Again The scrimmage should be as hard as the game. By General Martin E. Dempsey, US Army "This compilation of writings by General Dempsey—six articles published...

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DOD Releases Unified Command Plan 2011 The Department of Defense released today the updated the Unified Command Plan (UCP), a key strategic document that establishes the missions, responsibilities,...

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Who will win the Libyan stalemate? Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) How to play the stalemate in Libya 2) Afghan skeptics prepare to take over in...

The Flexibility of Conventional Warfare by Adam Elkus at Huffington Post. BLUF: "For thinkers looking at the future of warfare, Libya's "Toyota warfare" is an important data point suggesting a future...

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' Q&A with soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division's 4th Advise and Assist Brigade working in U.S. Division North. Continue on for related articles.

It may be the top personnel priority of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs -- but is the AfPak Hands program flopping? By Tom Ricks at his Foreign Policy blog Best Defense. BLUF: "Most striking was an...

The US Army COIN Center is pleased to host Dr. Mark Moyar who will conduct two webcasts on key COIN topics: "Leadership in COIN" and "Development in Afghanistan's Counterinsurgency: A New Guide."...

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Deputy Defense Secretary Releases Shutdown Guidance By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, April 7, 2011 -- The Defense Department is hopeful that a government shutdown will be...

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An article in today's Wall Street Journal discussed the return of al Qaeda to the mountain valleys of eastern Afghanistan. In doing so, the piece questioned the goals, assumptions, and logic...

U.S. Progress in Afghanistan Easier for Soldiers than Civilians to See by Stephen Biddle and Michael O'Hanlon, Baltimore Sun. BLUF: "... there has been real progress. But much of it has been...

Is Obama Ready For Pentagon Leadership Turnover? By Phil Stewart and Caren Bohan. Reuters news analysis article on Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral...

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik (Ret.), a senior fellow at the Institute for the Study of War, argues that "the Obama administration should prepare for the inevitable in Libya. To win this fight...

Lost in Libya: The U.K. Does Not Understand Strategy by Dr. Patrick Porter, Infinity Journal (free registration required). BLUF: "The limited war of 2011 would refuse to be quarantined. After all...

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The US Army COIN Center is pleased to host Dr. Sarah Sewall for an online web cast on 15 April 2011 at 10:00 CDT (1100 EST, 15:00 ZULU). The subject of the web cast is civilian casualties and their...

Via TED: Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill...

Is America Addicted to War? By Stephen Walt, Foreign Policy. BLUF: "The top 5 reasons why we keep getting into foolish fights... Because We Can... The U.S. Has No Serious Enemies... The All-Volunteer...