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Can Development Win a Counterinsurgency? By Maura O'Connor, Slate. BLUF: "When people hear about the U.S. military doing development work in Afghanistan, they think about "winning hearts and minds"...

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The Blurring of CIA and Military by David Ignatius, Washington Post. BLUF: "One consequence of the early "war on terror" years was that the lines between CIA and military activities got blurred. The...

Mexican Cartel Tactical Notes: No 2. Ambush/Targeted Killing of US Law Enforcement Officer (San Antonio, Texas)   Mexican cartel linkages to this incident are currently being investigated...

Advisers Urge Military to Rely Less on Drones, More on Expertise - Eli Lake, Washington Times. BLUF: "Military operations in Afghanistan rely too much on intelligence gathered by unmanned drones,...

US Army Counterinsurgency Center Webcast - Winning Insurgent War on Thursday: The US Army COIN Center is hosting Dr. Geoff Demarest of the US Army Foreign Military Studies Office and author of the...

Gulliver at Ink Spots provides a nice background piece.

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If you do not know what JCIDS is consider yourself very lucky (sometimes ignorance is actually bliss). In a rare occasion where Inside the Pentagon publishes outside their subscribers-only site they...

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2011 ADVISORY: President Obama to Award Medal of Honor On July 12th, President Barack Obama will award Sergeant First Class...

Maritime Strategy in an Age of Blood and Belief by (then) Vice Admiral Sandy Winnefeld, U.S. Navy. The U.S. Naval Institute has posted this 2088 Proceedings article by the next Vice Chairman of the...

Book Review: Identity in Algerian Politics: The Legacy of Colonial Rule by J.N.C. Hill. Published by Lynne Reinner Publishers, London, United Kingdom and Boulder, Colorado. 2009, 209 pages....

A month ago, who thought Gen. Martin Dempsey would be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? Gen. James Cartwright, the erstwhile frontrunner, was well-known and apparently admired by...

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Obama Taps Dempsey, Winnefeld as Chairman, Vice Chairman By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 30, 2011 -- President Barack Obama announced his choices as chairman and vice...

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US Remembers Its War Dead Voice of America Americans are observing Memorial Day weekend, a time meant to honor the nation's war dead, with ceremonies, parades, sporting events and picnics. The last...

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Here is a great 2 minute video ("Rival gunmen clash in Nayarit: 28 deaths reported") from a Mexican news station posted on YouTube via Borderland Beat. The video displays an engagement...

The F-35 is cutting into the Defense Department's most important priorities. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Policymakers get 11th-hour second thoughts...

Nathan Freier, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a retired U.S. Army officer, recently wrote two essays on U.S. defense policy. First, Freier discusses what...

Ties that bind Defense, State by Michael Clauser Politico It's time for national security conservatives and soft power advocates to call a truce and stand shoulder to shoulder. This new approach to...

Keep the Roundup (the Journal, the Blog and the Council) Going AND Get a Nifty Coin to Boot It's zero dark early and while putting together this latest SWJ news roundup I have to ask why the effort?...

HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868 I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise...

"For Andy Rooney, Memorial Day isn't just another day off. It's the day he remembers Obie Slingerland and Bob O'Conner and Charley Wood. They were good friends of his, boys who died in World War II...

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