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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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BBC interview with Dr. David Kilcullen. Issues discussed include WikiLeaks (Apache video), Iraq (2007) and Afghanistan (Taliban targeting of ISAF sources).

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Karzai speeds up the end-game 2) How to handle a troublesome China Karzai speeds up the end-game Afghan President Hamid...

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U.S. Marine Corps Commandant's Planning Guidance 2010 General James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, issued his Commandant's Guidance on Wednesday. Of particular interest to the Small...

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Private Contractors in Conflict Zones: The Good, the Bad, and the Strategic Impact by Dr. T.X. Hammes (Col. USMC ret.) has just been posted to the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National...

Your COIN Is No Good Here - Foreign Affairs opinion piece by James Dobbins. Summary: "President Obama's advisers agree that the Taliban is an insurgency and that the United States has a real interest...

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So argues Eric Edelman, a career United States Foreign Service Officer, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in the second Bush term, and now Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Strategic and...

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