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Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, co-chairs of the bipartisan National Fiscal Commission, made news yesterday when they released their proposal to dramatically cut the federal government's fiscal...

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Dazzling New Weapons Require New Rules for War - Washington Post opinion. BLUF: Are we beyond a need for "laws for war"? David Ignatius argues that they have never been needed more. Jefferson's Army...

World War I -- known at the time as "The Great War" - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of...

I came across the following essay by John Robb (Brave New War, Small Wars Foundation Advisory Board) posted on his Global Guerrillas page. I found it interesting, thought provoking and worth sharing...

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Happy Birthday Devil Dogs! The 2010 United States Marine Corps Birthday Message, from Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen James F Amos, marking the 235th birthday of the Marines. Join Marines and...

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Michael Cummings, friend of SWJ and co-blogger of On Violence, recently published a noteworthy essay in the New York Times's "At War" series entitled Where Did God Go in Afghanistan? Ten thousand...

Remember the Sons of Iraq? A Review of Michal Harari's SoI Briefing by Daniel R. DePetris Most of the contention in Iraq over the past seven months has dealt with the inability of Iraqis to form an...

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Stabilisation Unit and DCDC Launch Joint Doctrine Note on Security Transitions - UK's Stabilisation Unit (H/T Josh Paul for the e-mail). From the SU web site: The Stabilisation Unit (SU) and the...

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The midterms were a signal that time may be running out for the Obama team's war plans. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The midterm election may make the...

U.S. Must Stand Vigilant in Face of New Threats, Flournoy Says By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2010 -- Extremist networks are melding together, unsafe...

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From this year's "Marine Corps" issue of the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings magazine, here are three timely essays on current and future force structure, doctrine, and operations: Hitting the...

Expanding our base here beyond military and into the bigger tent of small wars practitioners is very important to us. Though this gives us some pause.... (Nothing follows...)

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Some of the Best Weapons for Counterinsurgents Do Not Shoot by Eric T. Olson, Strategic Studies Institute Letort Papers. Even under the best circumstances, reconstruction in counterinsurgency is a...

Doesn't every infantryman want his own personal unmanned bomber? This article from the Marine Corps Times explains: The Air Force is working to develop a small unmanned bomber that can fit in a...

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Hot off the heels of our very enjoyable night with Dave Kilcullen: The Marine Corps Association Foundation is hosting its 4th Annual Dinner on Wednesday, 17 November at the Crystal Gateway...

News and Opinion (Updated) Q&A: U.K.-French Defence Treaty - BBC News Factbox: U.K. and France Agree on Military Cooperation - Reuters Anglo-French Defence Treaty: At a Glance - Daily Telegraph...

The British and French governments will negotiate defense cooperation treaties which will be designed, according to the Guardian newspaper, "to maximise each nation's military capabilities while...

Wikileaks as an Exemplar of Now Media, Part 1 by Matt Armstrong (Cross-posted at MountainRunner) This is the first in a series of posts that will explore our world of disappearing boundaries -- from...

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Boccacios is one of the better places to eat and drink in Kabul. It features good steaks and Italian dishes, a large contemporary feeling dining room, and a wait staff of grumpy Uzbek women. Having...

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