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Slow Start for Military Corps in Afghanistan - Eric Schmitt, New York Times. The military's effort to build a seasoned corps of expert officers for the Afghan war, one of the highest priorities of...

More below on Top Intelligence Official in Afghanistan Urges Changes to Intelligence Mission by Major General Michael T. Flynn, Captain Matt Pottinger, and Paul Batchelor; Center for a New American...

CSM Michael Hall, the ISAF Command Sergeant Major, has created a series of Intro to COIN videos that are being featured on the ISAF Channel at You Tube and are worth a look.  He is one of the...

Linked is the latest USA/USMC Counterinsurgency Center / U.S. Army Stability Operations Proponent / U.S. Army Security Force Assistance Proponent SITREP dated 4 January 2010. Here are the Director's...

Top Intelligence Official in Afghanistan Urges Changes to Intelligence Mission - Major General Michael T. Flynn, Captain Matt Pottinger, and Paul Batchelor; Center for a New American Security (CNAS)...

COIN Toss: The Cult of Counterinsurgency - Michael Crowley, The New Republic. On the night of December 1, shortly after Barack Obama announced plans to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan,...

In November Robert Kaplan, author of Imperial Grunts and many other books on current security issues, delivered the keynote address at the Foreign Policy Research Institute's annual dinner. FPRI has...

Afghanistan, Now and Then - Eric T. Olson, Los Angeles Times opinion. As the new year begins, the Afghanistan surge is underway. Army brigades and Marine regiments have been alerted to deploy, and...

In the most recent Armed Forces Journal Gregory Foster, a professor at the National Defense University, writes that America's military is overdue for a dramatic overhaul. The U.S. military, if it is...

Preparing for Your Future and That of the U.S. Army - LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army retired), Army Magazine. In 1990, I finished commanding the 5th Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division,...

Hybrid Threats Require a Hybrid Government - Matt Armstrong, Budget Insight, Stimson Center Nine years ago we went to war with the enemy we had, not the enemy we wanted. For several years after 9/11...

Ceremony Formally Marks End of Coalition Effort in Iraq - Liz Sly, Los Angeles Times. December was the first month since the Iraq war began in which there were no American combat deaths, a milestone...

The highly successful Taliban attack on the CIA compound at FOB Chapman is a reminder that the recruitment of agents to infiltrate adversary organizations is very much a two-way street. The past few...

21st Century Counterinsurgency Intelligence - Seth Milstein, AFCEA Intelligence - Intelligence Essay Contest Winner. Insurgency and counterinsurgency are radically different sides of the same coin...

Army History Finds Early Missteps in Afghanistan - James Dao, New York Times. In the fall of 2003, the new commander of American forces in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. David W. Barno, decided on a new...

US Army/USMC COIN Center Webcast - A Study of Pashtun "Tribes" in Afghanistan The US Army/USMC Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host Dr. Michael Weltsch from the Human Terrain System Reachback...

Watch CBS News Videos Online 60 Minutes: Out Of The Shadows - Ex-CIA operative Henry Crumpton describes using local might to oust al Qaeda and their Taliban hosts in 2001, a strategy he says is...

A Year of War, and Progress - Michael O'Hanlon, Los Angeles Times opinion. The United States spent 2009 at war again - with its own troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and as a major, indirect supporter...

Afghanistan Strategy Should Also Focus on Improving Quality of Life - Stanley A. Weiss, Los Angeles Times opinion. The Obama administration has outlined a three-pronged strategy in Afghanistan,...

Book Review: 'The Fourth Star' by David Cloud and Greg Jaffe - John Whiteclay Chambers II, Washington Post. Four Generals and The Epic Struggle For the Future of The United States Army What makes an...

Pentagon Reviewing Strategic Information Operations - Walter Pincus, Washington Post. Trying to counter information-savvy enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military has rapidly spent nearly...

The Quiet Wisdom of Apolitical Adm. Mike Mullen - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. This was another year of the vanishing center in America. Despite the election of a president who promised...

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...