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Hat tip to Zenpundit Mark Safranski for the lead on Steven Pressfield's blog It's the Tribes, Stupid. Added to our blogroll... This five-part series is about war in Afghanistan, ancient and modern...

Pakistan Army Operation Hinders Taliban Efforts in Afghanistan, US Says - Greg Miller, Los Angeles Times. Pakistan's military offensive against the Taliban has slowed the flow of arms and fighters...

Click here to see the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy. Topics include: 1) Will protecting part of Afghanistan's population mean losing the rest? 2) Hezbollah captures the Pentagon's war...

Sometimes we get so focused here at SWJ on what others are saying we miss the very good stuff in our own backyard - so implies Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette. Council members get down and dirty...

One Army or Two? - asks Greg Grant at DoD Buzz. ... Does that ability of troops to shift back and forth seamlessly between different types of operations hold across the board? I would argue that it'...

Ed. Note - the following comment was received via email and is posted in its entirety. As the Army's senior leader on suicide prevention, I would like to add a few comments regarding Robert Haddick's...

The Charlie Rose Show - The New Strategy in Afghanistan with David Kilcullen, David Barno, and Tom Ricks.

This week U.S. Central Command hosted its second annual Gulf States Chiefs of Defense Conference, this time at the Fairfax Hotel in Washington, DC. Centcom organizers hoped the conference would...

War 2.0: Irregular Warfare in the Information Age By Thomas Rid and Marc Hecker My copy just arrived and from a quick scan through the United States (Small Wars Journal discussed here as an example...

Last week I discussed the possible financial sources of Iran's political unrest. I concluded that post by wondering whether foreign investors would now deem it too risky to invest in Iran's energy...

Pentagon to Outline Shift in War Planning Strategy - Thom Shanker, New York Times. The Pentagon will adopt a new strategy that for the first time orders the military to anticipate that future...

Funding the U.S. Counterinsurgency Wars - Stephen Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations. As Congress turns to the defense budget, battles over constituency politics and cost overruns will mask a...

One-Sided COIN - Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, The American Conservative. ... In Counterinsurgency 2.0, the Democrats and their military partners now emphasize a population-centric" over an enemy-centric"...

After a Japanese newspaper reported last week that the North Korean government is planning a July 4th launch of a Taepodong-2 intercontinental ballistic missile at Hawaii, the U.S. government was...

As the Iranian opposition takes its case to the country's religious leader, Joshua Keating at Foreign Policy lists - and provides background on - five hard-line mullahs who could stand in the way....

The New Counterinsurgency Era: Transforming the U.S. Military for Modern Wars By David H. Ucko SWJ friend and colleague David Ucko's latest contribution to our community of interest -- to be...

Army Faces Biggest Cuts Since Crimea - Michael Smith, The Times. The Ministry of Defence intends to cut army manpower to its lowest level since the Crimean war. Plans to axe three infantry...

Institutionalizing Stability Operations Lessons by Dr. Nadia Schadlow I like William Easterly because he's usually right on the money. The respected economist took on the aid-industrial complex in...

Commander Headquarters International Security Assistance Force Kabul Afghanistan APO AE 09356 Commander's Initial Guidance As of: 13 June 09 To the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Civilians...

We Don't Need the F-22 - New York Times editorial. You would think that with all the legitimate and expensive claims on the government pocketbook - including two wars, an economic crisis and...

A New Afghanistan Commander Rethinks How to Measure Success - Thom Shanker, New York Times. The new American commander in Afghanistan has ordered a 60-day review of the entire military mission to...

Click here to see the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy. Topics include: 1) Is counterinsurgency a woman's job? 2) Mexico is struggling with more than just drug cartels. I welcome your...

Iran Protesters Pour Onto Ahmadinejad's Home Turf - Borzou Daragahi, Ramin Mostaghim and Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times. The fourth day of demonstrations came as Iranians anticipated an address to the...

US Pursues a New Way To Rebuild in Afghanistan - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. .. Members of his (President Obama) national security team have concluded that the country requires not just...

The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by Dr. David Kilcullen. I'd like to share with the Small Wars Journal community my review of Dr. David Kilcullen's The...

This compilation of articles; Professors in the Trenches: Deployed Soldiers and Social Science Academics, edited by Rob W. Kurz of the Foreign Military Studies Office; originally appeared as a five-...

David Kilcullen at the Pritzker Military Library - Video from Tuesday's presentation on his book The Accidental Guerilla and other issues concerning fighting small wars in the midst of a big one....

While I'm on the subject of the day job -- kudos to John Robb -- he presented a very informative and well delivered briefing (Global Guerrillas -- go figure) today at the conference I'm attending....

To what extent is Iran's current political upheaval catalyzed, or even instigated, by sharply deteriorating economic and financial conditions inside the country? I pose the question but have no way...

General McChrystal's New Way of War - Max Boot, Wall Street Journal opinion. Gen. Stanley McChrystal was appointed commander in Afghanistan to shake up a troubled war effort. But one of his first...