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Small Wars Journal has featured the U.S. Army's new Capstone Concept, the Army's top-level doctrine for how it will prepare for conflict over the next two decades. The Army Capstone Concept calls for...

The Civilian Surge Myth - Steven Metz, The New Republic. How can we snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in Afghanistan? There's one solution that has attracted analysts of all stripes: a "...

Command Releases Approach to Operational Design Vision U.S. Joint Forces Command has released a new vision on the approach to operational design, which provides guidance on how USJFCOM will advocate...

Unity of Effort: Key to Success in Afghanistan - Christopher J. Lamb and Martin Cinnamond, Institute for National Security Studies. The US Government strategy for success in Afghanistan unveiled by...

As the Commander in Chief Deliberates, Frustration Builds Within the Ranks - Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times. Only nine months ago, the Pentagon pronounced itself reassured by the early steps of...

The Long Road to Indecision - Tom Donnelly, Center for Defense Studies After White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's performances on the Sunday talkies, it's getting harder and harder to avoid the...

The U.S. Military Academy's Department of History is pleased to invite you to a West Point Symposium on the History of Irregular Warfare, 18-20 November 2009. The symposium will feature the...

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How Generals Should Talk to Presidents - John S. D. Eisenhower, New York Times opinion. In a recent speech in London, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top United States commander in Afghanistan, was...

Risking a Rights Disaster - Wazhma Frogh, Washington Post opinion. As an Afghan woman who for many years lived a life deprived of the most basic human rights, I find unbearable the thought of what...

Don't Settle for Stalemate in Afghanistan - Ike Skelton and Joe Lieberman, Washington Post opinion. Six months ago the Obama administration concluded that the only way to stop Afghanistan's slide...

The Italian Job - The Times editorial. Silvio Berlusconi's Government must explain payments made to insurgents in Afghanistan. There is a case for local deals, but none for unilateralism. War, said...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Learning to share the oceans with China 2) Pakistan under siege Learning to share the oceans with China On Sept. 22, the...

Stanley McChrystal's Long War - Dexter Filkens, New York Times Magazine. ... Success takes time, but how much time does Stanley McChrystal have? The war in Afghanistan is now in its ninth year. The...

The 2009 Army Capstone Concept from TRADOC on Vimeo. Draft Army Capstone Concept Hits Web for Public Input By Carroll Kim (TRADOC Public Affairs) FORT MONROE (Oct. 14, 2009) - The 2009 Army Capstone...

Careful to a Fault on Afghanistan - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. Afghanistan could be the most important decision of Barack Obama's presidency. Maybe that's why he is, in effect, making...

Obama Weighs Afghan Strategy, Not Just Troop Buildup - Jon Ward, Washington Times. Intense debate has raged for weeks on whether President Obama should send 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan, but...

Complete submission information is now posted for Small Wars Journal Writing Competition. Please see this page for the complete submission instructions for entries to our $8000 writing contest. And...

Joint Publication 3-24: Counterinsurgency is now online at DTIC. "This publication provides joint doctrine for the planning, execution, and assessment of counterinsurgency (COIN) operations across...

The Marine Corps University symposium, "Counterinsurgency Leadership in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond" held on September 23, 2009 at the National Press Club, Washington, DC explored ways to improve...

Last week the Washington Post revealed that a group of Indian nuclear scientists is concerned that India's nuclear deterrent lacks credibility. Why? They claim that India's 1998 test of a two-stage...

Confusion in Afghanistan - Ehsan Ahrari, Khaleej Times opinion. As President Barack H. Obama is edging toward making up his mind about accepting, partially accepting, or not accepting General...

Views on Afghanistan Buildup Bring Clinton and Gates Together in an Alliance - Mark Landler and Thom Shanker, New York Times. The last time the Obama administration arrived at a moment of truth in...

As the debate on COIN and CT "strategies" continues I think it is instructive to go back and look at the President's 27 March 2009 remarks on Afghanistan and Pakistan Strategy (pasted below). This...

The Real Afghan Lessons From Vietnam - Lewis Sorley, Wall Street Journal opinion. More than 30 years have passed since North Vietnam, in gross violation of the 1973 Paris Peace Accords, conquered...

What Failure in Afghanistan? - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post opinion. At the heart of Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request for a major surge in troops is the assumption that we are failing in...

Civilian Goals Largely Unmet in Afghanistan - Elisabeth Bumiller and Mark Landler, New York Times. Even as President Obama leads an intense debate over whether to send more troops to Afghanistan,...

Counterintuitive Counterinsurgency - Richard Fontaine and John Nagl, Los Angeles Times opinion. As the Obama administration debates whether to stick with the counterinsurgency strategy for...

Obama's Afghan Meetings a Public Spectacle - Jon Ward and Matthew Mosk, Washington Times. President Obama's weeks-long review of US strategy in Afghanistan has turned the normally secretive process...

Two Wrongs Make Another Fiasco - Frank Rich, New York Times opinion. Those of us who love F. Scott Fitzgerald must acknowledge that he did get one big thing wrong. There are second acts in American...