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No, our best officers are not running off: 4 officers respond to that Atlantic article at Tom Rick's Best Defense. Colonel James Miller, US Army; Captain Anthony Calandra, US Navy; Lieutenant Colonel...

Book Review: The Bonus by Georgia Lowe Lucky Dime Press, 2010, 398p. Trade paperback, ISBN# 978-0-615-37145-0 $18.95 Reviewed by Mike Few Georgia Lowe's debut novel, The Bonus, vividly captures a...

SWJ friend Major Steven Brothers, who authored Considerations on Libya for SWJ, wrote a book review on Louis Martinez's The Libyan Paradox over at ASMEA (Association for the Study of the Middle East...

Beating Back the Taliban by Dr. Seth Jones, Foreign Policy / RAND. BLUF: "Despite all the political hand-wringing in Washington over the war in Afghanistan, it's the Taliban who are now on the...

Building Critical Thinkers by General Martin Dempsey, Armed Forces Journal. BLUF: "The challenges ahead of us in the 21st century security environment mandate that we reinvigorate our commitment to...

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I thought I'd share a summary from today's National Military Academy of Afghanistan Graduation Ceremony for Class 1389 (solar year) where President Hamid Karzai publicly announced the way forward...

Our favorite Pittsburgh Tribune Review reporter and SWJ friend Carl Prine is now blogging at Military.com. See Carl Prine's Line of Departure.

Special Report: Operation Odyssey Dawn - Department of Defence web page covering Joint Task Force Operation Odyssey Dawn operations in Libya.

Recently published Carlisle (Student) Papers, LeTort Papers, and Colloquium Briefs published by the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute: An Evaluation of Counterinsurgency as a...

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Training for Counterinsurgency Center by Dr. Rich Kiper, Booz-Allen-Hamilton analyst, US Army COIN Center In a previous post, the COIN Center explained the nine COIN training tasks and fifty-two...

Libya's Coming Insurgency by Dr. Steven Metz, The New Republic. BLUF: "... whatever happens in the coming weeks or months, one thing is clear: The chances of a drawn-out insurgency in Libya are very...

The international coalition's air campaign is about 48 hours old and in strictly military terms the results thus far are probably exceeding expectations. Western aircraft are flying over Libya and...

Blue Birds and Wolverines in Libya: Cinematic Considerations for Military Intervention by Patrick McKinney On March 17, 2011, the United Nations authorized military force to protect the people of...

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Via Armed Forces Press Service: Navy Vice Adm. Wlliam E. Gortney, director of the Joint Staff, briefed reporters at the Pentagon on the launch of "Operation Odyssey Dawn." "The goals of these...

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United States and British warships launched at least 110 land-attack cruise missiles against 20 Libyan air defense targets. Admiral Samuel Locklear, USN, aboard USS Mt. Whitney, is in command of the...

Some Advice for the Libyan Insurgents by Lieutenant Colonel John Malevich, Canadian Army, at the US Army Counterinsurgency Center Blog. BLUF: "The good news is you have implanted the idea of freedom...

New Ways of War? Insurgencies, 'Small Wars', and the Past and Future of Conflict 1-2 June 2011 Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin This conference will examine both the...

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International airpower will be enough to escalate the civil war in Libya, but not to win it. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The UN Security Council...

Book Announcement: East of the Orteguaza: The Story of an American Military Advisor and the Colombian Drug War by Victor M. Roselló, Colonel, USA, Ret. Also available as a Kindle edition and...

Michael Cummings, SWJ friend and co-author of On Violence, recently published an Op-Ed in The Washington Post titled, "I didn't deserve my combat pay." BLUF. When I compare my first deployment to...

An Unmanned No-Fly Zone is Possible by Luke Tarbi As calls for a no-fly zone over Libya increase, US defense planners cite concerns over future scale and cost as cause for trepidation. And rightly so...

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There Is No Neutral by Nadia Schadlow at Foreign Policy. BLUF: "If NGOs think they can claim neutrality in Afghanistan, they're fooling themselves."

Via USMC PAO; "Many of you have asked about this document. It was released yesterday evening." And, yes we have, now published and approved for public release - Reshaping America's Expeditionary...

Petraeus, Polls Disagree On Afghan War Progress by David Wood, Huffington Post. BLUF: "Petraeus argued that a substantial number of American troops will be needed well after this July, while the...