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Less is Often More? The Paradoxical Impact of Force and Resource Constraints This is a post that I never would have written while practicing the art in Iraq. On the ground level, every commander...

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Obama to Announce Afghan Withdraw Plans Wednesday By Dan Robinson Voice of America The White House says President Barack Obama will announce his decision on the size and pace of a U.S. troop drawdown...

Wired's David Kravets broke the news and has the details here. BLUF: "A federal judge ruled Monday that publishing an entire article without the rights holder's authorization was a fair use of the...

Resolving Insurgencies by Dr. Thomas R. Mockaitis, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute monograph. Here's a brief synopsis: Understanding how insurgencies may be brought to a successful...

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released today the transcripts and videos from its fifth annual conference, Risk and Reward: American Security in an Age of Uncertainty, which took place...

Basic Training: How Gates Grew by Julian E. Barnes, Wall Street Journal. BLUF: "After four-and-a-half years as defense secretary, under both Republican and Democratic presidents, Robert Gates has...

Afghanistan is Making Undeniable Progress, But it Could All Unravel, New York Daily News opinion piece by Michael Yon. BLUF: "... there are unmistakable signs of progress in Afghanistan, and Gen....

Infinity Journal, Issue No. 3, Summer 2011, has just been published. The latest issue includes: Martin van Creveld, "The Second Lebanon War: A Re-assessment." T.X. Hammes, "Limited Means Strategy:...

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Re: Karzai Announces Peace Talks with Taliban - VOA Karzai: US in Peace Talks with Taliban - WP Lashing Out, Karzai Says US Talking to the Taliban - NYT US Contacted Taliban about Afghan Peace Deal...

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Looking Back, Gates Says He's Grown Wary of 'Wars of Choice' by Thom Shanker and Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times. BLUF: "Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, as he prepared to depart the government...

You can find the latest story and a very recent video at BBC News. BLUF: "One committed protester was at the front line when Greek police fired teargas at protesters outside parliament on Wednesday...

As a follow-up to our SWJ post, Army, Marine Corps clashing over cammies..., CNN's Jennifer Rizzo reports Army sets out to buy three new camouflage patterns. BLUF: "This time around, the Army is...

Caldwell Aims to Build Up Afghan Forces by Lance Bacon, Marine Corps Times. BLUF: "Sure, you would like to shake the hand of the Navy SEAL who capped Osama bin Laden. But you have a lot more riding...

A Complex Man In A Complex Country Is Killed by Jeff Raleigh My friend Lt General Daud Daud was killed two weeks ago in his home province of Takar, Afghanistan. The General was in a meeting with...

Pakistan's Army Is Ready for Its Close-Up by Tom Wright, Wall Street Journal. BLUF: "Pakistan's powerful army is involved in domestic politics, foreign affairs and defending the nation's soil from...

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"The United States believes that the new sanctions regime for Afghanistan will serve as an important tool to promote reconciliation, while isolating extremists... It should also send a clear message...

The US Army Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Assistant Professor of Irregular Warfare at National Defense University. Dr. Gorkais is also an Associate Fellow at Joint...

Europe may not be able to rely on America's free security guarantee forever. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) In blasting NATO, Gates explains what moral...

Molding Perceptions: American Engagement with the Media after the Bin Laden Raid by Marno de Boer Immediately after the successful conclusion of the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound the United...

Report Sees Danger in Local Allies by Dion Nissenbaum, Wall Street Journal. BLUF: "The killings of American soldiers by Afghan troops are turning into a 'rapidly growing systemic threat' that could...

Call Off the Global Drug War by Jimmy Carter The New York Times BLUF. The report describes the total failure of the present global antidrug effort, and in particular America's "war on drugs," which...

Light Attack: It's What's for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner by Mike "Starbaby" Pietrucha, Lt Col, USAFR Recent discussions with respect to the application of airpower in Irregular Warfare have...

(Featuring a special guest appearance by the one and only Doctrine Man) Officially, Dave Karle is an executive communications manager at Microsoft. Less officially, his colleagues have given him...

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Greenert Tapped to be Next CNO by Chris Carroll, Stars and Stripes. BLUF: "Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, vice chief of naval operations, has been nominated for the Navy's top job, Secretary of Defense...