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Michael L. Burgoyne argues that U.S. COIN doctrine can be applied to problems in South America.  Sometimes, a more enemy-focused approach is needed, he finds.

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Four reasons why -- this time -- you should believe the hype about Israel attacking Iran.

Just a quick editorial comment about some recent non-news - Panetta calls for new probe into photo of Marines - concerning the image of Marines posing with a Nazi SS flag.

The US Army Counterinsurgency Center will provide an update on progress made so far with the revision of FM 3-24 in a Webcast on 16 February.

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Pakistan Rural vs. Urban Twofer from The Wilson Quarterly.

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In a Stars and Stripes article, Midlevel Officers Weigh Risk, Reward of Criticizing Army Leadership, LTC Daniel Davis and COL Paul Yingling are featured.  

Video and story via ABC News.

In this Infinity Journal exclusive, Douglas Macgregor asks, what is the strategic meaning of America’s military drawdown?

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"Swift realization" that the build up may have been "ill-advised" represents a "remarkable pivot."

General Stanley McChrystal on leadership, courtesy of TED. (H/T Voo Tatico)  

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In the latest edition of Armed Forces Journal, Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis, US Army, asks how many more men must die in support of a mission that is not succeeding?

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Hugh Gusterson argues that the destruction of the Iraqi university system played a part in de-modernizing the country.

Sunday's New York Times Magazine takes a look at the hard gains being won to buy breathing room for transition to Afghan forces.

Bing West argues that COIN as nation-building should not be a military mission at World Politics Review.

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As conventional forces draw down, special operations forces will step up to a more central role in hunting terrorists and training partners.

The messy realities that wait to confront R2P idealists.

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In a blast from the past, Kennedy and Johnson staffer turned Harvard professor James C. Thompson looks at how the tragedy that was the Vietnam War unfolded.

The U.S. pivot to Asia could give the military alliance a chance to find a new identity.

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What do I miss from Iraq?

As American conservatives wage an energetic battle against altruism in domestic affairs, they should be prepared to do so in the realm of national security as well