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Sadr says Iraqis employed with US are outcasts by Louai Beshara AFP BLUF "Boycott them and reject them," he said about Iraqis who were still working for American forces or the embassy, or who had...

Understanding 'The Death of American Strategy' by Colonel Gian P. Gentile, Infinity Journal. (registration required - no cost). Here's the overview: In the 3rd Issue of Infinity Journal (Summer...

Via the British Embassy in DC: Afghans Taking the Lead in Lashkar Gah Security British troops have formally handed the lead responsibility for security to Afghan Forces in the capital of Helmand...

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The 2011-2012 U.S. Army War College Key Strategic Issues List (KSIL) was published online on 11 July and can be found at this link. The KSIL is published annually for the purpose of making students...

The Arab Upheavals and the Future of the U.S. Military Policies and Presence in the Middle East and the Gulf by Dr. W. Andrew Terrill, US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. Summary excerpt...

The Changing Face of Afghanistan, 2001-08 by Colonel Deborah Hanagan, US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. Brief synopsis follows: Based on the reporting of major American news media,...

The New Aztecs: Ritual and Restraint in Contemporary Western Military Operations by Dr. Zhivan Alach, US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. Brief synopsis follows: The Western way of war...

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US Army Irregular Warfare Fusion Cell SITREP From the Director The AIWFC is a new Army Organization which the Army recently started to integrate the various components of IW, in particular to benefit...

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments just released a detailed study of the FY2012 defense budget request. Written by Todd Harrison, the think-tank's budget expert, the report discusses...

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As we close in on the ten year anniversary of 9/11, I thought it was time to reread and reflect on Fareed Zakaria's Magnum Opus, The Politics of Rage: Why Do They Hate Us? First published by...

Ferdinand Irizarry is First Active-Duty Civil Affairs Officer Promoted to One-star General by Henry Cunningham, Fayetteville Observer. BLUF: "The promotion represented 'a great historic day for the...

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Soldiers Told Not to Shoot Taliban Bomb Layers by Andy Bloxham The Telegraph BLUF. British soldiers who spot Taliban fighters planting roadside bombs are told not to shoot them because they do not...

Coalition sees highway as key to Afghan strategy by Carmen Gentile Special for USA TODAY The chief intelligence officer in this rustic town has reason to worry. Fareed, who like many Afghans goes...

As posted previously, the Small Wars Foundation and Small Wars Journal are proud to sponsor the Institute for Land Warfare Studies' Latrun V Conference, 6-8 September 2011, at the Israeli Armor...

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DepSecDef Race Narrows To Three Names by Loren B. Thompson at the Lexington Institute's Early Warning Blog. BLUF: "Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Ashton Carter...

The new CIA chief will take on the covert war in Pakistan. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) As a civilian, Petraeus will soldier on, in Pakistan 2) China...

Rethinking RPA Applications in Irregular Warfare by Mike "Starbaby" Pietrucha Since 1995, the USAF has gone from an organization that had not a single, operational Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) to...

Non-Proliferation, the Arab Spring, and Bin Laden: Why Nuclear Weapons may be a Good Idea for Dictators by Mark Munson The events of 2011, including the rapid spread of democratic social movements in...

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The US Army Counterinsurgency (COIN) Center is pleased to host Lieutenant Colonel Adrian T. Bogart III on 21 July for our monthly webcast. LTC Bogart will be discussing command and control as well as...

Retreat, discontent, and misunderstanding: France in Afghanistan by Stéphane Taillat Foreign Policy BLUF. The last two days have been murderous for the French contingent in Afghanistan; four...

Joint Interagency Task Force--South: The Best Known, Least Understood Interagency Success by Evan Munsing and Christopher J. Lamb, Center for Strategic Research, Institute for National Strategic...

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