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In my Foreign Policy column, I discuss whose nuclear weapons will be required to deter Iran's. I also discuss how the transitions in Iraq and Afghanistan will shake up U.S. ground forces.

COIN is Dead, Long Live the COIN by Ryan Evans, Foreign Policy.

A decade’s worth of blunders and misrepresentations has exhausted the patience of the American people

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It is time for Afghan forces to fully take charge of their national security

US War in Iraq Declared Officially Over by Thom Shaker and Michael Schmidt, New York Times.

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Overwhelmingly the American people would say the war was a mistake, and undeniably the reason we went to war in the first place was invalid

Illegal political groups lacking resources, ability or will to employ violence historically employ lawfare and other methods of non-violence to force political change 

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Afghanistan Plan Would Reduce NATO Combat Role by Thom Shanker, New York Times.

This paper looks at an education program that can effectively isolate the Taliban from their bases of support

Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 10: Fortified Town (Burgward) Strategy Implemented in Tamaulipas.

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Pentagon's First Female Policy Chief Quitting by Robert Burns, Associated Press.

General Ray Odierno's three 3-prong construct for the next Army mission

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By zacchaeus We used to PT at 0530 in an urban area. We had 4 or 5 students get hit by cars on indiviual runs. When the senior Marine Officer was asked why he didn't make us wear reflective...

A Counterinsurgency Behind the Burka by David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times.

CNAS and Other Four-Letter Words by Carl Prine, Line of Departure.

An Alternative Measure of Means and Ways in Strategy

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In my Foreign Policy column, I discuss why the drone capture by Iran will not slow down robotic warfare. I also explain why the U.S. needs a new maritime strategy.

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Iranian Video of Alleged U.S. Drone

The big lesson the International Community should draw from the last ten years in Afghanistan is that cooperation must be a key principle of war if they hope to achieve peace

Two recent items discuss some of China's deep problems and imply disruptive change may be coming, and soon. But such an outlier scenario is not likely given much weight in Western plans.

Large swaths of Indian territory are plagued by conflict between the state and the long-running Maoist insurgency group known as the Naxalites