SWJ Blog is a multi-author blog publishing news and commentary on the various goings on across the broad community of practice.  We gladly accept guest posts from serious voices in the community.

Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Defense Intelligence Counterinsurgency (COIN) Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operations. Cover Memorandum Excerpt: Based on its...

AP sources: Army chief picked to head Joint Chiefs - Associated Press

Via e-mail from the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) - New CNAS Report offers Afghanistan, Pakistan and South-Central Asia strategy post-Osama bin Laden. "The United States is at a...

This morning I was on WNYC's "The Takeaway" program. I discussed NATO's military strategy in Libya and the outlook for its air campaign against pro-Qaddafi forces. Click here to reach the program....

The Serenity Prayer for Grand Strategy: Nine-Step Recovery Method for Reframing Problem Solving Recently, our authors began to shift from problem definition to reframing problem solving. Over the...

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion links.

Spirit of America Update By Jim Hake An excellent story on Spirit of America and last month's American and Afghan student videoconference was shown on ChannelOne in 8,000 schools yesterday morning....

Gates closed his last policy address in Washington, delivered this afternoon at the American Enterprise Institute, by asserting that the United States remains the indispensible nation and that it...

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion links.

U.S., Britain to Form Joint Security Board Voice of America The United States and Britain are planning to form a joint national security council, designed to allow the two allies close cooperation in...

WANTED: 3 Great Vets with Counterinsurgency, Civil Affairs/Stab Ops Experience To the SWJ community, Spirit of America is looking for 3 great veterans of OIF or OEF—especially those with civil...

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion links.

CIA's 'Facebook' Program Dramatically Cut Agency's Costs

No, not COIN as in Counterinsurgency, though we do that too.  Coin as in challenge coin -- you know, those little things the Army has been flinging around for many years and the Marine Corps...

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion links.

Afghanistan has three wars at once. Let's fight the right one - Washington Post op-ed by Douglas Ollivant. BLUF: "America's counterinsurgency strategy did not go poorly at first, and its supporters...

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion links.

I Wanna Be In The Cavalry - Corb Lund

Battalion Level Intelligence: An S-2's Perspective by Captain Robert C. Schotte, USMC, at MIL INT. BLUF: Capt Schotter is an instructor at the Navy Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center and an...

Here is a transcript of the speech given by the U.K. Defence Minister Liam Fox yesterday at Chatham House in London. The speech sets out comprehensively the goals and achievements of the U.K.'s...

Why NATO may soon break out the Kosovo playbook in Libya. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) NATO wants to get 'more aggressive' against Qaddafi. But how...

Terrain has hindered 101st Airborne in ensuring Afghan security by Kristin M. Hall The Leaf Chronicle BLUF The challenge the military faced was growing government in eastern regions that have been...

A picture, annotated with distance, is worth a thousand words.

Is War Over? by A.E. Stahl It appears that war, that is to say, 'interstate industrial war' or 'regular war', is coming to an end, or so we are led to believe. Rather, we are now challenged with a...

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion links.

Malalai Honored by Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV, Commander, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan. Malalai ... For our Afghan partners, the name Malalai is a hallowed name of a woman, a...

In my Foreign Policy column from last Friday, I noted the muted defense given by Obama administration officials on the legality of the raid against Osama bin Laden. A wide range of international...

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion links.

Today's Washington Post discussed how the CIA used a stealthy drone -- the RQ-170 Sentinel -- to collect overhead imagery and signals intelligence on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad,...

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion links.