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by SWJ Editors | Mon, 08/12/2013 - 4:44pm | 8 comments

"Until May 26, the assailant, if one were named, was referred to as an insurgent. Now, attackers are called "enemies of Afghanistan."

by SWJ Editors | Mon, 08/12/2013 - 8:38am | 0 comments

"It is clear that UW cannot 'belong' solely to one military force, nor even to the military alone.  It is a strategic mission that is an offensive option for policymakers and strategists."

by SWJ Editors | Mon, 08/12/2013 - 6:34am | 0 comments

"The Human Terrain System and its $250 million price tag for the year may provide an inviting target for budget cutters."

by SWJ Editors | Mon, 08/12/2013 - 6:29am | 0 comments

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by SWJ Editors | Sun, 08/11/2013 - 3:18pm | 0 comments

"Will the murder conviction of a soldier who ordered his men to shoot unarmed Afghans last year improve the safety and success of US military operations in Afghanistan?"

by SWJ Editors | Sun, 08/11/2013 - 9:58am | 13 comments

"The Total Army – regular, Guard, and reserve – should be the product of realistic assessments of an uncertain world."

by SWJ Editors | Sun, 08/11/2013 - 9:17am | 0 comments

"These would be some significant changes - perhaps the largest amount of change at one time since the Unified Command Plan was established."

by SWJ Editors | Sun, 08/11/2013 - 12:17am | 0 comments

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by SWJ Editors | Sun, 08/11/2013 - 12:00am | 0 comments

NYT Op-Ed: "Afghans have a knack for the nonliteral. They value stories for reasons that have nothing to do with the practical information they contain."

by SWJ Editors | Sat, 08/10/2013 - 9:38pm | 1 comment

Lawmakers Skeptical of Global Special Operations Plan by Paul McCleary, Defense News.

by SWJ Editors | Sat, 08/10/2013 - 7:07am | 0 comments

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by SWJ Editors | Sat, 08/10/2013 - 5:29am | 0 comments

Associated Press reports "U.S. law enforcement officials expressed outrage over the release from prison of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero". AP and news links.

by SWJ Editors | Fri, 08/09/2013 - 7:09pm | 0 comments

John Sopko, Watchdog for US Reconstruction Spending in Afghanistan, Battles Bureaucrats -"I didn’t take this job to be liked at the State Department or USAID or the Department of Defense."

by Octavian Manea | Fri, 08/09/2013 - 2:53pm | 0 comments

So what kind of changes should be introduced in the overall force structure and what tradeoffs should be accepted in order to try to preserve the major tenets codified in the January 2012 DSG?

by SWJ Editors | Fri, 08/09/2013 - 4:04am | 0 comments

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by SWJ Editors | Thu, 08/08/2013 - 3:38pm | 3 comments

Gen. Amos on Reinventing the Marines, Owning Sequester and Why COIN Is More Relevant Than Ever by Stephanie Gaskell, Defense One.

by SWJ Editors | Thu, 08/08/2013 - 2:01pm | 4 comments

The Wrong Debate: Reflections on Counterinsurgency by Crispin Burke, War on the Rocks.

by SWJ Editors | Thu, 08/08/2013 - 8:15am | 0 comments

Institutional Culture and Adaptation After a Decade of War by Peter Munson, DEF. "How do we learn lessons? What are the right lessons to draw from our recent experiences? What are the right lessons to focus on as we look forward and try to anticipate future challenges?"

by SWJ Editors | Thu, 08/08/2013 - 7:22am | 1 comment

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by SWJ Editors | Wed, 08/07/2013 - 7:28pm | 7 comments

What the QDR Should Be Asking, But Isn’t - AFJ Op-Ed by Peter Singer. "Lessons for leaders from the interwar years."

by SWJ Editors | Wed, 08/07/2013 - 7:12pm | 3 comments

Women and the Audie Murphy Model - AFJ Op-Ed by Col. Ellen Haring. "Combat fitness standards should promote coolness under fire over physical strength."

by SWJ Editors | Wed, 08/07/2013 - 5:40am | 0 comments

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by SWJ Editors | Tue, 08/06/2013 - 5:56pm | 3 comments

Double Standard: Pentagon Hints at Changes to Allow More Women in Ground Combat by Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times.

by SWJ Editors | Tue, 08/06/2013 - 4:33pm | 0 comments

Congress Finally Getting Wise to JIEDDO - AntiWar.com Op-Ed by Kelley B. Vlahos.

by SWJ Editors | Tue, 08/06/2013 - 12:10am | 0 comments

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