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Here is a great 2 minute video ("Rival gunmen clash in Nayarit: 28 deaths reported") from a Mexican news station posted on YouTube via Borderland Beat. The video displays an engagement...

The F-35 is cutting into the Defense Department's most important priorities. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Policymakers get 11th-hour second thoughts...

Nathan Freier, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a retired U.S. Army officer, recently wrote two essays on U.S. defense policy. First, Freier discusses what...

Ties that bind Defense, State by Michael Clauser Politico It's time for national security conservatives and soft power advocates to call a truce and stand shoulder to shoulder. This new approach to...

Keep the Roundup (the Journal, the Blog and the Council) Going AND Get a Nifty Coin to Boot It's zero dark early and while putting together this latest SWJ news roundup I have to ask why the effort?...

HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868 I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise...

"For Andy Rooney, Memorial Day isn't just another day off. It's the day he remembers Obie Slingerland and Bob O'Conner and Charley Wood. They were good friends of his, boys who died in World War II...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...