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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...

A picture, annotated with distance, is worth a thousand words.

Is War Over? by A.E. Stahl It appears that war, that is to say, 'interstate industrial war' or 'regular war', is coming to an end, or so we are led to believe. Rather, we are now challenged with a...

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Malalai Honored by Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV, Commander, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan. Malalai ... For our Afghan partners, the name Malalai is a hallowed name of a woman, a...

In my Foreign Policy column from last Friday, I noted the muted defense given by Obama administration officials on the legality of the raid against Osama bin Laden. A wide range of international...

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Today's Washington Post discussed how the CIA used a stealthy drone -- the RQ-170 Sentinel -- to collect overhead imagery and signals intelligence on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad,...

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Crisis in Yemen, the Rise of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and U.S. National Security - Highlights from today's American Enterprise Institute event in Washington, D.C., can be found at the link...

Here are some recent items from the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute: Cyber Infrastructure Protection edited by Dr. Tarek N. Saadawi and Colonel Louis H. Jordan, Jr. This book...

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Tracking Down Mortenson's Schools In Pakistan - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Special Report. BLUF: "As suspicions swirl about the authenticity of events in Three Cups of Tea, RFE's on-the-...

Institutionalizing Wisdom: The Journey of Introspection, Learning, Problem Solving, Teaching, and Training Perhaps you are coming home from your fourth tour to either Iraq or Afghanistan. Or maybe...

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Errors in Man-hunting: The Long Road to Finding Bin Laden by Will Chalmers I wrote this short article with the intention to spark debate on the topic of why the conventional opinion on Osama bin...

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A Time For Unity and A Premature Celebration by Butch Bracknell A Time For Unity Osama Bin Laden is no more. The latest Afghan war assessment notes frangible, delicate progress, but progress...

CBS News: Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) about his decision to speak out against government torture of terrorists. Senator John McCain on the Use of Torture - Full text of remarks on the floor of the...

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Why the president's legal advisors are in no hurry to justify the bin Laden raid. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The SEALs did their job. Will the...

Where We're Good: Why violent extremist organizations don't really operate with impunity by Greg Grimes A great deal of ink has been spilled on highlighting the difficulties in fighting global...

PB Outcast: Thoughts on Operating a Successful Squad-Sized Patrol Base in Afghanistan by Capt Luis R. Perez Marine Corps Gazette The location of your patrol base (PB) is arguably the single most...

Getting It Right:10 Problems with the Afghan Campaign by Dan Green Armed Forces Journal International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commander Gen. David H. Petraeus often talks about getting the "...