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10 Top Stories: Afghanistan and Pakistan Review Roundup - Small Wars Journal Japan Announces Defense Policy to Counter China - New York Times Japan Defence Review Warns of China's Military Might -...

Via the Washington Post and Council on Foreign Relations, here is a copy of the White House Overview of the Afghanistan and Pakistan Annual Review. From the opening: "Specific components of our...

Briefing by Director of Policy Planning Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter and USAID Deputy Administrator Donald K. Steinberg on Release of the First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR)....

I was sitting in my "local" the other day after work. It is a pub called the "Lower Lode." It sits just across the Severn River from the Battlefield of Tewkesbury. I was thinking about the past. The...

Missed an important op-ed this morning by Pete Mansoor and Max Boot - Winning in Afghanistan in the Los Angeles Times. BLUF: "The buildup of U.S. forces, completed only this fall, is already having a...

15 Top Stories: Obama, on Eve Of Review, Cites Afghan War Progress - Reuters Afghan Report Sees July Troop Pullouts Despite Perils - New York Times Afghan Report to Fault Pakistan Safe Havens -...

Face of Defense: Grandson Continues 'Band of Brothers' Tradition By Army Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division FORT BRAGG, N.C., Dec. 14, 2010 -- Even at 80 years...

15 Top Stories: War Review Cites Strides, Less Confident of Governance - Washington Post Intelligence Reports Offer Dim Views of Afghan War - New York Times Classified Reports Counter Optimism on...

According to the New York Times, the Japanese government will soon release new defense policy guidelines that will redirect its military's primary attention away from the Russian threat from the...

Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke - April 24, 1941 -- December 13, 2010 Richard C. Holbrooke, 1941-2010 - Foreign Policy Veteran U.S. Diplomat Richard Holbrooke Dies - Voice of America Veteran U.S....

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the United States government's special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, died tonight after a brief, acute illness. He was 69 years old. Ambassador Holbrooke...

Lots of e-mails today, here are several that caught my attention and/or interest - continue on for Monday's odds and ends...

To those directly involved in small wars during the last decade, Ultimately, this may be the most important project that I've pursued while commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. This...

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion links. 15 Top Stories Quick-look: As U.S. Assesses Afghan War, Karzai a Question Mark - Washington Post 6 Americans Killed by Bomb at a New U.S.-Afghan...

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion links. 15 Top Stories Quick-look: Nawa Proving Ground for U.S. Strategy in Afghan War - Washington Post Violence Flares Anew in Southern Afghanistan - New...

Our site has been unstable for the last couple of weeks, and the sunspots have been particularly active for the last few days. My apologies to all of you who are having your small wars experience...

American Pie: History of Rock & Roll, at least until the late '60s; Don McLean, released in '71: On the Dark Side with Eddie & the Cruisers (John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band):...

Bleak Afghan and Pakistan intelligence reviews by Kimberly Dozier and Anne Gearan of the Associated Press. AP's strict copyright rules dictate that I can't even provide a short excerpt here. So...

The collision of small wars and cyber wars is not a wikileaked Internet by Sam Liles at his blog Selil. BLUF: "It is not supported through research or evaluation that the events of Wikileaks and...

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By standing up for Kim Jong Il, Beijing only finds itself more isolated than ever. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) With North Korea, China aims at its...

Arlington Wreaths Event Continues Holiday Tradition By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2010 -- For nearly 20 years, a group of dedicated...

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Writing in the December 4th Wall Street Journal, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz laments how WikiLeaks will cause top decision-makers to refrain from taking contemporaneous notes, with...

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Here are various recent news items. Full SWJ WikiLeaks coverage can be found here. Fraction of 1 Percent of WikiLeaks Cables Released - CNN News Analysts: WikiLeaks Following New Strategy in...

Lawrence Sellin presents a critque on modern military culture in his latest Human Events essay, Afghanistan and the Culture of Military Leadership. BLUF: "It has always seemed odd to me that the US...

A Tribute to Captain Travis Patriquin: America's "Lawrence of Arabia" in Ramadi by Chad M. Pillai December 6, 2010 marked the 4th anniversary of the loss of America's "Lawrence of Arabia" in Ramadi...

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Informed Dissent: One Blogger's Critique of the Afghan War - New York Times book review by C.J. Chivers. Review of Joshua Foust's Afghanistan Journal: Selections From Registan.net. BLUF: "Mr. Foust...