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Mattis: Military Should Rely Less on Technology - Christopher P. Cavas, Marine Corps Times. The military relies too much on technology, and soldiers need to practice more "with the radios turned off...

A CIA COINdinista's Misgivings on Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan - Spencer Ackerman, Washington Independent. The leak I got yesterday from Kandahar expressing skepticism that counterinsurgency can...

DOD News Briefing with Gen. McChrystal from the Pentagon - 13 May 2010 ... I'm pleased to be here this week to participate in President Karzai's visit to the United States. It's been a productive...

Anyone who's spent a day on a deployment knows how prevalent rumors can be. Sometimes, rumors can be informative - in fact, more than one soldier has discovered his unit was deploying based on a...

Pentagon Rethinking Value of Major Counterinsurgencies - Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers. Nearly a decade after the United States began to focus its military training and equipment purchases...

Distrust of Afghan Leaders Threatens U.S. War Strategy - Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times. Nearly a year into a new war strategy for Afghanistan, the hardest fighting is still ahead, but already it...

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Operation Moshtarak: Lessons Learned - The International Council on Security and Development. NATO‟s Operation Moshtarak, launched in February 2010 in Helmand province, was the first deployment...

From Kandahar, View of a 'Counterproductive Counterinsurgency' - Spencer Ackerman, Washington Independent. Later this morning, Presidents Obama and Hamid Karzai will meet at the White House. Karzai...

Afghanistan's Karzai to Urge Caution as U.S. Pushes to Empower Local Leaders - Greg Jaffe and Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. The U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is built around the belief that all...

The Surge of Ideas COINdinistas and Change in the U.S. Army in 2006 By General David H. Petraeus General David H. Petraeus received the 2010 Irving Kristol Award at AEI's Annual Dinner. His prepared...

"Winning Hearts and Minds?" Understanding the Relationship between Aid and Security in Kenya - Mark Bradbury and Michael Kleinman, Feinstein International Center. This case study on Kenya,...

Politics is the blind spot in America's counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, according to a report released on 6 May by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Leverage: Designing a...

Life and Death and Life in Iraq - Thom Shanker, New York Times. This is a soldier's story, a tale of life and of death and of life's return. It is the story of one soldier, Capt. Joshua A. Mantz,...

Is the Army Innovative? - Tim Kane, Christian Science Monitor. David Brooks thinks so. Five years ago, the United States Army was one sort of organization, with a certain mentality. Today, it is a...

The "Death Hour" in this case being the period after lunch, when students are required to pay attention to a learned instructor. Here is Defense Secretary Robert Gates's introduction to a lecture he...

Report Details Depravity of SEALs' Accuser - Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times. The just-concluded military trials of three exonerated Navy SEALs showed the terrorism suspect at the center of the...

How to Manage Karzai - Stephen Biddle, Washington Post opinion. This week's state visit by Afghan President Hamid Karzai almost wasn't going to happen. The Obama administration, unhappy with Karzai'...

U.S. Military Runs into Afghan Tribal Politics after Deal with Pashtuns - Joshua Partlow and Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. U.S. military officials in eastern Afghanistan thought they had come up with...

COIN Confusion - Michael Innes, Foreign Policy. The ongoing discussion of the attempted Times Square bombing in New York has been unsurprisingly colorful. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg invoked...

The Evolving Situation in Afghanistan and Some Brass Tacks - Shrinivasrao S. Sohoni, Hardnews. Intriguingly, the international community is not addressing itself to the core issues that are...

The U.S.-Afghan Partnership - Hamid Karzai, Washington Post opinion. Nearly nine years ago, terrorists killed thousands of civilians and destroyed iconic symbols of American prosperity and progress...

Gates: Cuts in Pentagon Bureaucracy Needed - Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates vowed Saturday to lead an effort to cut as much as $15 billion in overhead costs from the...

Report on Counterinsurgency Capabilities Within the Afghan National Army Afghan National Army Lessons Learned Center This report includes input from members of a Collection and Analysis Team (CAAT)...

Is President Obama's Afghanistan Strategy Working? - Washington Post opinions. With Afghan President Hamid Karzai visiting Washington this week, The Post asked experts whether the surge in...

Gates Notes Convergence of Conventional, Irregular War - Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service. As the Army moves forward, differences between conventional and irregular warfare are becoming...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Gates lectures the Navy. Next, he should lecture himself. 2) There is no Gulf of Tonkin in Korea. Gates lectures the...

The Surge of Ideas COINdinistas and Change in the U.S. Army in 2006 by General David H. Petraeus at AEI Online ... Well, let me take you back some four and a half years. Our effort in Iraq was...

Review of Dave Kilcullen's The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by Mark Safranski at Chicago Boyz. I purchased a copy of The Accidental Guerrilla, intending to...

Leading With Two Minds - David Brooks, New York Times opinion. They say that intellectual history travels slowly, and by hearse. The old generation has to die off before a new set of convictions can...