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In the Afghan War, Aim for the Middle - Richard N. Haass, Washington Post opinion. Why does Afghanistan matter? We generally hear four arguments. First, if the Taliban returns to power, Afghanistan...

Embedded video from CNN Video CNN's Christiane Amanpour talks strategy with David Kilcullen.

The Missing Debate on Afghanistan - Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal opinion. All in. All out. Double down. Withdraw. The language of the Afghanistan debate is stark, as seem the choices. But at...

No Substitute for Boots on the Ground - Vincent J. Heintz, Wall Street Journal opinion. In 2008 I commanded a team of US Army combat advisers in northern Afghanistan's remote Chahar Darreh district...

Perhaps we should strike COIN and CT from the lexicon and talk about real strategy of ends, ways, and means instead of trying to devise strategy based on formulas (e.g., 20-25 troops for every 1000...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Blame James Jones for fraying civil-military relations, 2) A Pakistani officer recommends an archipelago for Afghanistan...

Testing Obama's Doctrine - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. Is there an "Obama Doctrine" lurking among the zigs and zags of the president's foreign policy over these first nine months? I...

Afghan War Debate Now Leans to Focus on Al Qaeda - Peter Baker and Eric Schmitt, New York Times. President Obama's national security team is moving to reframe its war strategy by emphasizing the...

Civilian, Military Officials at Odds Over Resources Needed for Afghan Mission - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. In early March, after weeks of debate across a conference table in the...

The following quote has been getting under my skin since I first read it. Here at the Washington Post. It really has - It stinks to high heaven - and it is disturbing to say the least- at least to...

Afghanistan Journal at Politics Daily. How the Taliban Might Respond to McChrystal's New War Plan The Taliban's response to the Afghan war strategy proposed by Gen. Stanley McChrystal could be...

Obama Rules Out Large Reduction in Afghan Force - Peter Baker and Jeff Zeleny, New York Times. President Obama told Congressional leaders on Tuesday that he would not substantially reduce American...

Two articles in today's newspapers, sourced by anonymous U.S. administration officials, appear designed to promote an alternative to the beefed-up counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan that...

Pritzker Military Library to Receive National Medal for Museum and Library Service Nation's Highest Award for Community Service Congratulations are in order for a SWJ friend - The Pritzker Military...

Afghanistan and Leadership - Mark Moyar, Wall Street Journal opinioin. 'We're at a point in Afghanistan right now in our overall campaign," the US general says, "where increasingly security can best...

Afghan War Units Begin Two New Efforts - Yochi J. Dreazen, Wall Street Journal. The Pentagon is establishing two new units devoted to the Afghan war, highlighting the military's focus on the...

Gates Wants Leaders' War Advice Kept Private - Ann Scott Tyson and Scott Wilson. Washington Post. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates cautioned military and civilian leaders Monday against publicly...

Deadly Attack By Taliban Tests New Strategy - Joshua Partlow and Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. US commanders had been planning since late last year to abandon the small combat outpost in mountainous...

What I Saw at the Afghan Election - Peter W. Galbraith, Washington Post opinion. ... Afghanistan's presidential election, held Aug. 20, should have been a milestone in the country's transition from...

Resourcing an Afghan Strategy - Interviewer: Greg Bruno, Council on Foreign Relations In his assessment of the Afghan conflict, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in...

10 Steps to Victory in Afghanistan - New York Times opinion. 1. Reform or Go Home - David Kilcullen: Counterinsurgency is only as good as the government it supports. NATO could do everything right -...

Posted here with permission of The RUSI Journal - Israel's Operation Cast Lead and the Gaza Strip Missile Conundrum (August 2009) by Sergio Catignani. Israel's assault on Gaza in early 2009,...

In Afghanistan, Training Can Look a Lot Like Fighting - Carlos Lozada, Washington Post opinion. As President Obama and his national security team debate strategy for the war in Afghanistan, some of...

Obama's War - PBS Frontline FRONTLINE Season Premiere Obama's War Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS Continue on for the PBS Press Release:

The Greatest Afghan War - Michael Yon, Washington Times. The coalition is weakening. While the US has gotten serious, the organism called NATO is a jellyfish for which the United States is both sea...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The CIA finds job security in Afghanistan, 2) Can Israel get MAD with Iran? The CIA finds job security in Afghanistan On...

White House Eyeing Narrower War Effort - Scott Wilson and Anne E. Kornblutm Washington Post. Senior White House officials have begun to make the case for a policy shift in Afghanistan that would...

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Several Afghan Strategies, None a Clear Choice - Peter Baker and Eric Schmitt, New York Times. The president, vice president and an array of cabinet secretaries, intelligence chiefs, generals,...

On September 16th, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates delivered a speech to the Air Force Association convention. During the speech he expressed his concern that the U.S. might suffer a shortfall in...