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How a Plugged-In DC Think Tank Published a General's Brutal Intel Critique - Nathan Hodge, Danger Room. In military circles, the talk all week has been about how and why the top intelligence officer...

I Built an African Army - Sean McFate, Foreign Policy. In May 2004, I was hired for an unusual job: The U.S. State Department contracted DynCorp International, a private military company, to build...

Marines in Afghanistan Take 'The Village' to Heart - Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times. In political terms, any rhetoric linking the Afghan conflict and the Vietnam War is usually meant to be poisonous...

Gates Endorses Critique of Military Intelligence in Afghanistan - Al Pessin, Voice of America. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has endorsed a stinging critique of military intelligence efforts...

More on military intelligence in this 27 November 2009 post at AEI's Center for Defense Studies - Changing the Culture of Military Intelligence by Philipp Tomio. Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn, the U.S....

Physicist: Predicting Insurgencies Is Easy. As Long as You Dumb Down Your Wars - Katie Drummond, Danger Room. Insurgencies are easy to predict - no matter where they occur, or why they begin. You...

Two Attacks Highlight Counterterrorism's Bureaucratic Bog - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. The Central Intelligence Agency should be asking some painful questions this week about its...

Slow Start for Military Corps in Afghanistan - Eric Schmitt, New York Times. The military's effort to build a seasoned corps of expert officers for the Afghan war, one of the highest priorities of...

More below on Top Intelligence Official in Afghanistan Urges Changes to Intelligence Mission by Major General Michael T. Flynn, Captain Matt Pottinger, and Paul Batchelor; Center for a New American...

CSM Michael Hall, the ISAF Command Sergeant Major, has created a series of Intro to COIN videos that are being featured on the ISAF Channel at You Tube and are worth a look.  He is one of the...

Linked is the latest USA/USMC Counterinsurgency Center / U.S. Army Stability Operations Proponent / U.S. Army Security Force Assistance Proponent SITREP dated 4 January 2010. Here are the Director's...

Top Intelligence Official in Afghanistan Urges Changes to Intelligence Mission - Major General Michael T. Flynn, Captain Matt Pottinger, and Paul Batchelor; Center for a New American Security (CNAS)...

COIN Toss: The Cult of Counterinsurgency - Michael Crowley, The New Republic. On the night of December 1, shortly after Barack Obama announced plans to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan,...

In November Robert Kaplan, author of Imperial Grunts and many other books on current security issues, delivered the keynote address at the Foreign Policy Research Institute's annual dinner. FPRI has...

Afghanistan, Now and Then - Eric T. Olson, Los Angeles Times opinion. As the new year begins, the Afghanistan surge is underway. Army brigades and Marine regiments have been alerted to deploy, and...

In the most recent Armed Forces Journal Gregory Foster, a professor at the National Defense University, writes that America's military is overdue for a dramatic overhaul. The U.S. military, if it is...

Preparing for Your Future and That of the U.S. Army - LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army retired), Army Magazine. In 1990, I finished commanding the 5th Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division,...

Hybrid Threats Require a Hybrid Government - Matt Armstrong, Budget Insight, Stimson Center Nine years ago we went to war with the enemy we had, not the enemy we wanted. For several years after 9/11...

Ceremony Formally Marks End of Coalition Effort in Iraq - Liz Sly, Los Angeles Times. December was the first month since the Iraq war began in which there were no American combat deaths, a milestone...

The highly successful Taliban attack on the CIA compound at FOB Chapman is a reminder that the recruitment of agents to infiltrate adversary organizations is very much a two-way street. The past few...

21st Century Counterinsurgency Intelligence - Seth Milstein, AFCEA Intelligence - Intelligence Essay Contest Winner. Insurgency and counterinsurgency are radically different sides of the same coin...

Army History Finds Early Missteps in Afghanistan - James Dao, New York Times. In the fall of 2003, the new commander of American forces in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. David W. Barno, decided on a new...

US Army/USMC COIN Center Webcast - A Study of Pashtun "Tribes" in Afghanistan The US Army/USMC Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host Dr. Michael Weltsch from the Human Terrain System Reachback...

Watch CBS News Videos Online 60 Minutes: Out Of The Shadows - Ex-CIA operative Henry Crumpton describes using local might to oust al Qaeda and their Taliban hosts in 2001, a strategy he says is...

A Year of War, and Progress - Michael O'Hanlon, Los Angeles Times opinion. The United States spent 2009 at war again - with its own troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and as a major, indirect supporter...

Afghanistan Strategy Should Also Focus on Improving Quality of Life - Stanley A. Weiss, Los Angeles Times opinion. The Obama administration has outlined a three-pronged strategy in Afghanistan,...

Book Review: 'The Fourth Star' by David Cloud and Greg Jaffe - John Whiteclay Chambers II, Washington Post. Four Generals and The Epic Struggle For the Future of The United States Army What makes an...

Pentagon Reviewing Strategic Information Operations - Walter Pincus, Washington Post. Trying to counter information-savvy enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military has rapidly spent nearly...

The Quiet Wisdom of Apolitical Adm. Mike Mullen - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. This was another year of the vanishing center in America. Despite the election of a president who promised...

Civilian, Military Planners Have Different Views on New Approach to Afghanistan - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. Two days before announcing the deployment of additional U.S. troops to...