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Power and Policy in Syria: The Intelligence Services, Foreign Relations, and Democracy in the Modern Middle East by Radwan Ziadeh. Published by I.B. Tauris, New York. 219 pages, 2011. Reviewed by...

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Obama Formally Nominates Allen for Afghanistan Post - American Forces Press Service. WASHINGTON, June 9, 2011 -- President Barack Obama has formally nominated Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John R. Allen to...

Afghan Sitrep: A Grunt from the Front Sounds Off by Chuck Spinney of Time Magazine's Battleland Blog. BLUF: "Why doesn't anyone listen to the guys that know? Ivory-tower intellectuals in think tanks...

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The Constant Adversary by Robert Jordan Prescott at House of Marathon. BLUF: "President Obama has yet to deliver a dedicated address on defense matters; taming the Department of Defense bureaucracy...

Testing the Afghan Exit Ramps by David Ignatius, Washington Post. BLUF: "Inevitably, this debate is partly a numbers game: The rapid-withdrawal advocates want a timetable for removing all 30,000 of...

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Afghan Nation-building Programs Not Sustainable, Report Says by Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. BLUF: "The hugely expensive U.S. attempt at nation-building in Afghanistan has had only limited success...

RAND's Project Air Force division recently published a book-length analysis of Israel's 2006 campaign against Hezbollah. Benjamin Lambeth, author of Air Operations in Israel's War Against Hezbollah,...

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The Small Wars Foundation, and its online publication, Small Wars Journal, is pleased to continue its support of professional military education and information exchange amongst our community of...

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Steeper Pullout Is Raised as Option for Afghanistan by David E. Sanger, Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker, New York Times. BLUF: "President Obama's national security team is contemplating troop...

... and the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is dead wrong on this one. Lance Bacon and Dan Lamothe of The Army Times report on another one of those unnecessary distractions from fighting and...

In memory of those who sacrificed so much on 6 June 1944 - D-Day. D-Day 6/6/44 Saving Private Ryan - Omaha Beach Scene Part 1 Continue on for much more...

Think Again: Bob Gates by Benjamin H. Friedman and Justin Logan at Foreign Policy. The authors opine "as the secretary of defense steps down, it's time to set aside the paeans and reconsider the...

Deconstructing Galula Much ado surrounds the myths of T.E. Lawrence and David Galula. So much so that academics fawn, foreign policy is derived, and military manuals preach their stories as holy...

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Civil Affairs Reset by Greg Grimes The scramble is on. With the Army Chief of Staff having recently announced a "clean sheet" review of what the Army will look like after operations in Iraq and...

The Death of Osama Bin Laden: Almost a decade too late? by Matthew Ince On Monday 2 May 2011 US President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden following the success of a US operation...

***Keep the Roundup (the Journal, the Blog and the Council) Going AND Get a Nifty Coin to Boot*** We are going to take a break this weekend from the SWJ Roundup, so much to do and so little time and...

Pentagon planners are dusting off the Cold War deterrence playbook to plan for cyberattacks, but Iraq and Afghanistan would be better models. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy...

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Can Development Win a Counterinsurgency? By Maura O'Connor, Slate. BLUF: "When people hear about the U.S. military doing development work in Afghanistan, they think about "winning hearts and minds"...

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The Blurring of CIA and Military by David Ignatius, Washington Post. BLUF: "One consequence of the early "war on terror" years was that the lines between CIA and military activities got blurred. The...

Mexican Cartel Tactical Notes: No 2. Ambush/Targeted Killing of US Law Enforcement Officer (San Antonio, Texas)   Mexican cartel linkages to this incident are currently being investigated...

Advisers Urge Military to Rely Less on Drones, More on Expertise - Eli Lake, Washington Times. BLUF: "Military operations in Afghanistan rely too much on intelligence gathered by unmanned drones,...

US Army Counterinsurgency Center Webcast - Winning Insurgent War on Thursday: The US Army COIN Center is hosting Dr. Geoff Demarest of the US Army Foreign Military Studies Office and author of the...