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How to Deal with Libyan Ambiguity: Define the Problem, Not the End State by Captain (Major-select) Crispin Burke at Best Defense. BLUF: "So, for the moment, let's stop babbling about mission...

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U.N. Staff Killed During Afghan Protest - Voice of America At least 12 people, including eight foreign employees of the United Nations, have been killed in northern Afghanistan, after a protest...

The ragtag anti-Qaddafi forces need basic combat skills a lot more than bigger guns. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Libya's rebels need boot camp, not...

Robert Haddick, SWJ's Managing Editor and This Week at War author, was a guest this morning on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show. You can listen to "The Web of Weapons" here. Robert provided a look at...

The purpose of this post is two-fold, firstly an announcement of the 2nd Irregular Warfare Summit sponsored by The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement on 23-25 May 2011 at the Key Bridge...

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WASHINGTON, APRIL 1, 2011 -- In a fingertip-to-the-brim nod to its American frontier history, the Army is changing hats again - returning to the tumultuous days of the horse Cavalry in the wild west...

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The Enemies of Our Enemy Over at Foreign Policy, Joseph Felter and Brian Fishman address arming the Libyan rebels in their argument, The Enemies of Our Enemy BLUF. A key question for the...

Operation Odyssey Dawn: Background and Issues for Congress By Jeremiah Gertler Coordinator Specialist in Military Aviation Congressional Research Service March 28, 2011 Summary: The ongoing uprising...

Libya: Unrest and U.S. Policy By Christopher M. Blanchard Acting Section Research Manager Congressional Research Service March 29, 2011 Summary: Over forty years ago, Muammar al Qadhafi led a revolt...

Via Information Dissemination: "China Releases National Defense 2010 White Paper". The White Paper full text can be found here. Galrahn's bottom line: "This is a high level paper claimed to be in...

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Ending an Insurgency Violently: The Samar and Batangas Punitive Campaigns by Lieutenant Colonel Thomas A. Bruno, U.S. Marine Corps U.S. Army War College Strategy Research Project 25 March 2010...

USMA's Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) released the March 2011 issue of CTC Sentinel. Articles include The Unraveling of the Salih Regime in Yemen by Christopher Boucek and Mara Revkin Using Google...

Washington in Fierce Debate on Arming Libyan Rebels by Mark Landler, Elisabeth Bumiller and Steven Lee Meyers, New York Times. BLUF: "The Obama administration is engaged in a fierce debate over...

Philippines a Model for Counterinsurgency by Jim Michaels, USA Today. BLUF: "Though not widely known, the Philippines once threatened to become a hub of al-Qaeda... Since 9/11, the small U.S....

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CNN's Drew Griffin reports on calls to hold U.S. military brass responsible for a deadly 2008 battle in Afghanistan.

CSDA: Leveraging Technology to Maximize Soldier Training and Performance by Lieutenant General Michael A. Vane, U.S. Army In the past few weeks and months numerous points and counterpoints have been...

In his speech last evening at the National Defense University, President Obama explained the humanitarian impulse and the defense of America's values and interests that led him to intervene in Libya'...

PRISM is published by the National Defense University Press for the Center for Complex Operations. PRISM is a security studies journal chartered to inform members of U.S. Federal Agencies, allies,...

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President Obama's Full Speech on the U.S. Mission in Libya, 28 March 2011 News / Opinion Obama's Remarks on Libya - New York Times transcript Obama Cites Limits of U.S. Role in Libya - New York...

Does Counterinsurgency as State-Building Work? Maria Costigan asks Jill Hazelton, Research Fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center, in a recent interview. BLUF We have a conventional wisdom on...

Statement by the Army on Photographs Published by Rolling Stone "The photos published by Rolling Stone are disturbing and in striking contrast to the standards and values of the United States Army....

Forging a Libya Strategy: Policy Recommendations for the Obama Administration by Andrew Exum and Zachary Hosford, Center for a New American Security Policy Brief. While the situation in Libya...

What Will "Odyssey Dawn" Bring? America, Libya, and the "Arab Spring" Monday, March 28, 2011, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Click here to watch this event live online at 12:30 p.m. EDT. With the initiation of...

The Libya Dilemma: The Limits of Air Power by Stephen Biddle, Washington Post opinion. BLUF: "The problem remains that warfare rarely allows big payoffs from small investments. As citizens of a...