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Of course we must maintain a strong military option as a final alternative when diplomacy doesn’t work, but all too often the military option has been the first and only option when dealing...

What foundation does our war effort sit on?

Peace on earth and goodwill to all men. Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup and links to the USNI Daily and Real Clear World.

Over the past 40 years, the one consistent face of war with which we have been confronted is irregular warfare.

Army Regulation 600-20, Army Command Policy, states "hazing is fundamentally in opposition to our values and is prohibited."

Some final thoughts for SWJ Readers

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U.S. forces acted in self-defense and responded with appropriate force after being fired upon during a Nov. 25-26 incident on Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan.

Music Video: I'll Go (A Soldiers Oath)  

For Americans such approaches are counter to the very cornerstone of the foundation our country was built upon.

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Just like we had for the Krasnovians, we need an enemy template for small wars

Too much budget tinkering, not enough strategic thinking, says the Heritage Foundation defense analyst.

William Owen's "Killing Your Way to Control" explains Sunni Defeat in the Iraq Surge  

Getting Rid of the Chicago School of Counter-Insurgency by Michael Cummings.

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A group of 50 militants in Kandahar join peace process

As we move past COIN, CT, FID, SFA, and seek Strategy, we should arm ourselves with the wisdom of those that came before us

General Dempsey to CNN: Iran Shouldn't "Miscalculate Our Resolve"

As American forces pulled out of Iraq, we asked Iraqis around the country three questions

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Infinity Journal has just launched Volume 2, Issue 1.  Follow this link to read the newest articles:

My Foreign Policy article argues that it is time to move past the colonial model of COIN and rise above a collection of disjointed tactics that have no proven cumulative effect.  

Some Hasty, Initial Thoughts

Kim Jong-Il's death comes at a particularly bad moment for the political leadership in Beijing.

Excellence in covert action on all levels of engagement should not be neglected in any discussion of American security and strategy

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Kim Jong Il dead at age 69, continue on for initial news links.

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As The Iraq War Ends, Reassessing The U.S. Surge by Tom Bowman, NPR.