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Update: Lifting the Fog of Peace at a special 40% discount when purchased at The University of Michigan Press. To get the discount, enter the code FOG10 when checking out. Great deal on a great book...

The National Defense University has announced the 4th annual STAR-TIDES Field Demonstration at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C. from Tuesday, October 5 to Friday, October 8. During this four...

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Food for serious thought for the "dump Karzai" crowd - You would cry too: In defense of Hamid Karzai by Joshua Foust at Foreign Policy's AFPAK Channel.

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released a new report today entitled Crime Wars: Gangs, Cartels and U.S. National Security by Bob Killebrew and Jennifer Bernal. As illustrated by the...

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The NATO-ISAF Placemat sets out the approximate numbers of forces provided to ISAF by Allied and other contributing nations, the location and lead of Provincial Reconstruction Teams, and the...

The New York Times described the Japanese government's return of the Chinese fishing boat captain last Friday as "a humiliating retreat" and "a significant victory to Chinese leaders." After a two-...

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So says Captain Crispin Burke... Also see what got Starbuck's attention - David Zucchino's article "U.S. military training adjusts its aim, another counterinsurgency mission like Iraq or Afghanistan...

The next Petraeus, what makes a visionary commander, and why the military isn't producing more of them, by Renny McPherson in today's Boston Globe.

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The president is going to regret putting off an inevitable showdown with Gates, Mullen, and Petraeus over Afghanistan. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) A...

An article in yesterday's Army Times discussed Lt. Gen. John Mulholland's latest plans for U.S. Army's special operations forces. An excerpt from the article: "I'm not particularly interested in...

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National Defense Univeristy Press just published a review of Understanding Counterinsurgency: Doctrine, Operations and Challenges by CPT Crispin Burke (Starbuck around here). From NDU: "Followers...

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In the past ten months there has been measured progress in the Afghan National Security Force (ANSF); in quality as well as quantity. Since last November, NATO Training Mission Afghanistan has...

Combined Action Operations What is it? Combined action is a deliberate task organization that partners and embeds U.S. forces training teams with a host nation unit to conduct operations with a host...

Bob Woodward's latest expose of a dysfunctional White House staff will prove as embarrassing to the Obama administration as his previous volumes were to previous administrations. Based only on this...

The Foreign Fighter Problem: Recent Trends and Case Studies Conference and Webcast Sponsored by the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Reserve Officers Association Mon.-Tues., September 27--...

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Two news items published today provide a preview of Bob Woodward's new book Obama's Wars set for release next Monday. Steve Luxenberg in The Washington Post writes Bob Woodward book details Obama...

Today General James Amos (currently the Assistant Commandant) had his confirmation hearing to be the next Commandant of the Marine Corps. Senator Scott Brown asked Amos to describe his vision for the...

Playing catch-up here: Read the Afghanistan Study Group's report "A New Way Forward: Rethinking U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan" then read (or read before) Joshua Foust's take on the report at Registan...

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Army's Future Looks a Lot Like the Present by Shaun Waterman of The Washington Times. Article covers the new "Army Operating Concept" developed by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and the "...

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Observers Debate Legitimacy of Afghanistan Election 19 September 2010 Voice of America Observers of Afghanistan's parliamentary election on Saturday are debating whether or not the result will be...