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The race against Obama's deadline in Afghanistan - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. Adm. Mike Mullen, the personification of American military power, is walking the streets of this dusty...

Via the Marine Corps University Press - Al-Anbar Awakening Volume I: American Perspectives (U.S. Marine Corps and Counterinsurgency in Iraq) and Al-Anbar Awakening Volume II: Iraqi Perspectives (From...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) When the counterinsurgent becomes the insurgent, 2) Is it still worth selling weapons to Taiwan? When the...

Precision Approaches: Leadership Targeting and the Helicopter as a Strategic Strike Asset in Small Wars - Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Armstrong, U.S. Navy. Our many thanks to Routledge's Taylor and...

Two stories from this morning's New York Times discuss some internal security trends inside the United States that are headed in the wrong direction. Defying all expectations, the United States has...

Strengthening our nation's front line of defense - Dennis C. Blair, Washington Post opinion. The legislation authorizing post-Sept. 11 intelligence reform -- the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism...

CNAS Releases Two Working Papers on the Future of the Force (CNAS Press Release - 17 December 2009). The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released today two important working papers as part...

Insurgents hack U.S. drones - Siobhan Gorman, Yochi J. Dreazen and August Cole, Wall Street Journal. Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S....

How partnering with the U.S. could strengthen Pakistan's sovereignty - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. The United States and Pakistan, always prone to bickering, need a big idea to unite...

Afghanistan and Pakistan: on the battle for Kandahar - Myra MacDonald, Reuters. In the vast swirl of debate about Afghanistan and Pakistan, it is worth taking the time to read this piece in the...

SWJ received a nice e-mail from LTG Bill Caldwell (Frontier 6); Commander, NATO Training Mission -- Afghanistan, as well as, Commanding General, Combined Security Transition Command -- Afghanistan;...

On December 12, the New York Times reported that the U.S. and Russian governments are talking about cyber security. In a significant change from the Bush administration's position on this issue, the...

Europe and Afghanistan - New York Times editorial. Afghanistan is not and should not be just the United States' fight. Al Qaeda has used its sanctuaries in Afghanistan and Pakistan to plot and...

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Where Is Our Kilcullen? - LtCol Michael D. Grice, Marine Corps Gazette. War is dynamic, changing, and unpredictable. The ongoing war in Iraq is no different; it has seen a fundamental shift in how...

Army Executive Irregular Warfare Conference Charts Army's Path - Janice Burton, Special Warfare. " Are we all going to become like Special Forces, or is Special Forces going to become like the rest...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Mexico's drug gangs don't want to destroy the state, they just want to rent it, 2) Does Afghanistan need the Phoenix...

Dr. Mark Moyar's response to "Overdue Bill" is exactly the kind of discussion I hoped the essay would engender. Dr. Moyar correctly points out the difficulty of creating change in academic...

A Deadline We Can Believe In? - New York Times. President Obama said that troop withdrawals from Afghanistan will begin in 18 months. Some of his advisers have hinted that the deadline is flexible....

General: Blame Taliban, Media for Afghan Civilian Deaths - Noah Shachtman, Danger Room. Top commander in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal has issued strict new guidelines on air strikes, to...

We've been told via blog comments and e-mail that Major Jim Gant's "One Tribe at a Time" (at Steve Pressfield's It's the Tribes Stupid) cannot be accessed from at least some .mil domains. We have...

Mark does at Zenpundit... ... The horns of our dilemma is that our long time "ally" whom we have hitched ourselves to in a grand war effort against revolutionary Islamist terrorism is not our ally...

Those who have read the December 2009 issue of the Marine Corps Gazette should already be familiar with The Rifle Company Experiment, written by Col. Vincent Goulding, USMC (ret). (Goulding is the...

The Next Surge: Counterbureaucracy - Jonathan J. Vaccaro, New York Times opinion. The Taliban commander was back in the village. Our base roared to life as we prepared to capture him. Two Chinook...

How to Win in Afghanistan, One Village at a Time - Doug Stanton, Washington Post opinion. In mid-October and early November 2001, about three dozen Army Special Forces soldiers landed in northern...

Obama's COIN Toss - Eliot A. Cohen, Washington Post opinion. It is impolite, but probably true, to say that when President Obama announced in March that he had a "comprehensive, new strategy" for...

Like clockwork, Jules Crittenden highlights the important "stuff" -- see Hammer, Meet Anvil -- for the latest on Cobra's Anger. ... It's the first operation post-surge announcement, though obviously...

Marines Lead Offensive to Secure Southern Afghan Town - Richard A. Oppel Jr., New York Times. In the first major military operation since President Obama's call this week for a troop escalation,...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Obama hasn't told us how this ends 2) Will the QDR be DOA? Obama hasn't told us how this ends During his Dec. 1 speech on...

A Plan in Need of Clarity - Jim Webb, Washington Post opinion. I have great regard for the careful process the Obama administration employed in its efforts to define a new approach for the long-...