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Joint Publication 3-24: Counterinsurgency is now online at DTIC. "This publication provides joint doctrine for the planning, execution, and assessment of counterinsurgency (COIN) operations across...

The Marine Corps University symposium, "Counterinsurgency Leadership in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond" held on September 23, 2009 at the National Press Club, Washington, DC explored ways to improve...

Last week the Washington Post revealed that a group of Indian nuclear scientists is concerned that India's nuclear deterrent lacks credibility. Why? They claim that India's 1998 test of a two-stage...

Confusion in Afghanistan - Ehsan Ahrari, Khaleej Times opinion. As President Barack H. Obama is edging toward making up his mind about accepting, partially accepting, or not accepting General...

Views on Afghanistan Buildup Bring Clinton and Gates Together in an Alliance - Mark Landler and Thom Shanker, New York Times. The last time the Obama administration arrived at a moment of truth in...

As the debate on COIN and CT "strategies" continues I think it is instructive to go back and look at the President's 27 March 2009 remarks on Afghanistan and Pakistan Strategy (pasted below). This...

The Real Afghan Lessons From Vietnam - Lewis Sorley, Wall Street Journal opinion. More than 30 years have passed since North Vietnam, in gross violation of the 1973 Paris Peace Accords, conquered...

What Failure in Afghanistan? - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post opinion. At the heart of Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request for a major surge in troops is the assumption that we are failing in...

Civilian Goals Largely Unmet in Afghanistan - Elisabeth Bumiller and Mark Landler, New York Times. Even as President Obama leads an intense debate over whether to send more troops to Afghanistan,...

Counterintuitive Counterinsurgency - Richard Fontaine and John Nagl, Los Angeles Times opinion. As the Obama administration debates whether to stick with the counterinsurgency strategy for...

Obama's Afghan Meetings a Public Spectacle - Jon Ward and Matthew Mosk, Washington Times. President Obama's weeks-long review of US strategy in Afghanistan has turned the normally secretive process...

Two Wrongs Make Another Fiasco - Frank Rich, New York Times opinion. Those of us who love F. Scott Fitzgerald must acknowledge that he did get one big thing wrong. There are second acts in American...

Obama Wanted a Petraeus. Buyer Beware. - Greg Jaffe, Washington Post opinion. It is hard not to look at Stanley McChrystal without seeing David Petraeus. Both generals are fitness freaks, capable of...

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...