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Did Gen. Mattis pull duty on Christmas so a Marine could be with his family? Jeff Schogol has the answer at Stars and Stripes.

Top Stories / Items of Interest Obama Urges Mideast Allies to 'Get Out Ahead' of Protests - Washington Post Wave of Unrest Rolls Into Gulf - Wall Street Journal Violence in Yemen Protests;...

The Unnoticed Surge in Afghan Security by Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV, Chicago Tribune opinion. BLUF: "The surge of Afghans is the remarkable story of the tremendous growth of the...

Top Stories / Items of Interest Egypt's Generals Try to Quell Strikes - Washington Post Egypt Army Sets 6-Month Blueprint, Future Role Unclear - New York Times Egyptian Military Criticizes Public...

Weight of War: Gear that Protects Troops Also Injures Them by Hal Bernton, Seattle Times. BLUF: "Military studies acknowledge that combat soldiers are carrying too much weight - often more than 100...

Click here to see the summary of today's FY 2012 budget request rollout at the Pentagon. Some highlights (all dollar figures in billions): 1) DoD top line declines from projected $708 in FY11 (...

The Sacrifice Ahead: The 2012 Defense Budget - Center for a New American Security policy brief by Travis Sharp. The fiscal year 2012 defense budget request is a break from the past ten years of...

Top Stories / Items of Interest Egyptian Military Dissolves Parliament - New York Times Egypt Military Dissolves Parliament, Suspends Constitution - Los Angeles Times Egypt's Generals Impose Martial...

SWJ friend, Carl Prine, recently published an investigative series on wounded warriors for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. BLUF: Thousands of sick and wounded soldiers within the Army's Warrior...

Top Stories / Items of Interest Egypt's Military Rulers Pledge Peaceful Transition - Washington Post Military Offers Assurances to Egypt and Neighbors - New York Times Egypt Army Struggles to Clear...

We Could Still 'Lose' Iraq by Max Boot, Los Angeles Times opinion. BLUF: "The country has made great strides, but inattention by the U.S. puts all those gains at risk."

'Great Game' Seeks to Put Afghanistan Experience in Context By Margaret Mullins American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2011 -- "The Great Game" was the euphemism the British used when...

The Who - "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss..." The Beatles - "You say you got a real solution, well you know, we'd all love to see the plan..."

For Immediate Release and Posting U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesman February 12, 2011 2011/195 STATEMENT BY PHILIP J. CROWLEY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS...

Better Understanding How Small Wars End One driving assumption of ">Field Manual 3-24: Counterinsurgency states, General Chang Ting-chen of Mao Zedong's central committee once stated that...

The Future of MISO by Colonel Curtis Boyd, Special Warfare. BLUF: In 2005, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld asked whether the term psychological operations, or PSYOP, still had utility in...

Mubarak Resigns Mubarak Resigns - Voice of America Egypt Erupts in Jubilation as Mubarak Steps Down - New York Times Mubarak Steps Down, Jubilation in Cairo Streets - Washington Post Euphoria in...

Can the Pentagon afford to protect its orbital interests? Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Will diplomacy and soft power be enough to defend space? 2) How...

By "jadedmajor", H/T Bob Bateman

Top Stories / Items of Interest Mubarak Refuses to Step Down, Stoking Fury and Resolve - New York Times Mubarak Spurns Opposition Demands to Leave Power - Washington Post Mubarak Deepens Crisis -...

Middle East Turmoil: Is It 1989 All Over Again? by Jason J. Morrissette It is only natural for the casual observer of global politics and the expert alike to draw historical analogies in order to...

Defining War by Jeffrey Hasler, Special Warfare. BLUF: "Regular review and restatement of approved definitions and their descriptions are necessary as sources of doctrine (e.g., policy, concepts,...

In an exclusive interview with NATO TV, ISAF Commander General David Petraeus says he expects violence to increase again this year as he continues his counterinsurgency campaign across Afghanistan...

Top Stories / Items of Interest Spreading Unrest Raises Pressure on Mubarak - Washington Post Suleiman Says Government Will Not Tolerate Prolonged Cairo Protests - VOA Opposition: Mubarak Must Act...

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) will be holding their ILW Winter Symposium and Exposition 23-25 February in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For those bloggers who cannot attend the...

Mark Safranski, aka Zenpundit, asks "is counterinsurgency dead?". "By that, I mean contemporary, mid-2000's "pop-centric" COIN theory as expressed in FM 3-24 - is it de facto dead as USG policy or...

The Associated Press, via The Houston Chronicle, reports that Mexico is angry at a U.S. official's 'insurgency' remark. It seems Mexico's Interior Department took great exception to U.S....

Yesterday, Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen released a new version of the National Military Strategy. The 21-page document attempts to describe "the ways and means by which our military...

... as reported by WVEC and the Virginian-Pilot. "Army Gen. Ray Odierno, JFCOM's commander, will lead an all-hands meeting at 1 p.m. today to discuss the command's future, according to an e-mail...