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Some Advice for the Libyan Insurgents by Lieutenant Colonel John Malevich, Canadian Army, at the US Army Counterinsurgency Center Blog. BLUF: "The good news is you have implanted the idea of freedom...

New Ways of War? Insurgencies, 'Small Wars', and the Past and Future of Conflict 1-2 June 2011 Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin This conference will examine both the...

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International airpower will be enough to escalate the civil war in Libya, but not to win it. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The UN Security Council...

Book Announcement: East of the Orteguaza: The Story of an American Military Advisor and the Colombian Drug War by Victor M. Roselló, Colonel, USA, Ret. Also available as a Kindle edition and...

Michael Cummings, SWJ friend and co-author of On Violence, recently published an Op-Ed in The Washington Post titled, "I didn't deserve my combat pay." BLUF. When I compare my first deployment to...

An Unmanned No-Fly Zone is Possible by Luke Tarbi As calls for a no-fly zone over Libya increase, US defense planners cite concerns over future scale and cost as cause for trepidation. And rightly so...

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There Is No Neutral by Nadia Schadlow at Foreign Policy. BLUF: "If NGOs think they can claim neutrality in Afghanistan, they're fooling themselves."

Via USMC PAO; "Many of you have asked about this document. It was released yesterday evening." And, yes we have, now published and approved for public release - Reshaping America's Expeditionary...

Petraeus, Polls Disagree On Afghan War Progress by David Wood, Huffington Post. BLUF: "Petraeus argued that a substantial number of American troops will be needed well after this July, while the...

It Happened On the Way to War: A Marine's Path to Peace by Rye Barcott In 2000, Rye Barcott spent part of the summer living in ten-by-ten-foot shacks in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. He was a...

According to the BBC, "blood money" -- very likely from the U.S. government -- was paid to the relatives of the three Pakistani men killed in the Davis affair. The BBC reported that under Pakistani...

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A Clear and Sober Assessment on Afghanistan by Max Boot at Commentary. BLUF: "Overall, despite inevitable setbacks and continuing challenges, I'd say that the counterinsurgency campaign - which began...

Coalition Has Momentum in Afghanistan, Petraeus Says by Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service. WASHINGTON, March 15, 2011 -- The Taliban's momentum has been reversed in most areas of...

In my Foreign Policy column last Friday, I surmised, Obama undoubtedly knows that he will face intense criticism if he stands by while Qaddafi ruthlessly crushes the rebellion. Knowing this, we must...

The Center for a New American Security's (CNAS) Fifth Annual Conference will take place in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, June 2, 2011. Conference registration will open in the coming weeks....

Is U.S. Aid to Afghanistan Helping Win the War? Doubts are Increasing. By Anna Mulrine, Christian Science Monitor. BLUF: "Increasingly, some defense analysts are coming to the conclusion that...

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We have been remiss in offering up our SWJ quote of the week. As a bit of remedial action, we offer up this potential SWJ quote of the year by Metin Turcan in his Small Wars Journal article Seeing...

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Technology and Training With advances in technology in the advent of the information age, IPhones and IPads can now assist us in land and aerial navigation, survey and census collection, and basic...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan Combined Joint Public Affairs Office Camp Eggers -- Kabul Mar. 5, 2011 Release # 2011-03-04 Feature - The Time Is Now: Building an ANP Force...

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Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Libya's rebels scramble to hold out 2) Think grand strategy is too hard? It's really not, say Kaplan and Kaplan. Libya's...

Once-Secret Iraqi Documents Offer Lesson for Libya by Yochi J. Dreazen, National Journal. BLUF: "An analysis of the documents by the U.S. Military Academy's Combating Terrorism Center found that...

COIN Center: Monthly Webcast The US Army Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host Dr. John A. Bonin, Professor of Concepts and Doctrine at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks,...

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