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U.S. Sees Progress in Eastern Afghanistan - National Journal U.S. General: Deal with Tribe in Taliban Bastion - Associated Press Afghan Tribe Promises Peace for Foreign Aid - Wall Street Journal U.S...

U.S. Officials: White House Picks Special-ops Chief by Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press. AP reports that former U.S. counterterrorism ambassador Michael Sheehan is the choice to replace Michael...

Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda. Published by HarperCollins, New York. 784 pages, 2010. Reviewed by Commander Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN...

Tenay Guvendiren sent us and all wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  She and LTC Scott Downey penned two articles in Small Wars Journal about their experiences applying intel...

15 Top Stories / Items of Interest: Senator Proposes Permanent U.S. Bases in Afghanistan - Associated Press Air Force Doubles Manpower for Afghan Attacks - USA Today U.K.'s Afghan Mandate for Action...

How Petraeus Has Changed the Afghanistan War by Anna Mulrine at the Christian Science Monitor. "Gen. David Petraeus replaced Gen. Stanley McChrystal as head of U.S. forces in the Afghanistan war this...

15 Top Stories / Items of Interest: Homeland Security to Increase Activity, Agents in Afghanistan - Washington Post U.S. Stepping Up Fight on Afghan Smuggling - New York Times With Air Force's New...

The 16 brewing conflicts to watch for in 2011 are listed at Foreign Policy. Includes Sudan, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Somalia, Mexico, Colombia,...

Grey Eminence: Fox Conner and the Art of Mentorship by Edward Cox. Via the Grey Eminence web page: To those who have heard of him, Fox Conner's name is synonymous with mentorship. He is the "grey...

Afghan Report 2010 by Colonel Douglas Macgregor at The Washington Times. BLUF: "It's too soon to tell, but reductions in defense spending may demonstrate that it's far less expensive to protect the...

15 Top Stories: Afghanistan in Review: High Hopes and Big Obstacles - New York Times 2011 Seen as Make-or-Break Year for Afghan Mission - Los Angeles Times Taliban Leader Was Killed, Afghans Say -...

Roadhouse Blues Continue on for more of The Doors...

Only a few hours remain for policymakers to make their list of resolutions for the New Year. If Defense Secretary Robert Gates is still pondering his list, I offer up a few suggestions. Rumor has it...

Philippine Military: Counterinsurgency, Terrorism Operations Fruitful in 2010 - Xinhua via The Manila Bulletin. BLUF: "The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday it had further reduced the...

Via the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) and The Daily Telegraph: New English-Language al-Qaeda Explosives Manual Released Online. From ICSR: In the last few days, English...

15 Top Stories: U.S. Fights to Open School in Taliban Area - Associated Press Pakistan on Strike Against Bill to Amend Blasphemy Law - BBC News Islamists Lead Pakistan Strike In Political Crisis -...

The latest from the new AF-PAK poet laureate: What Poets Can Teach Us About the War in Afghanistan by Andrew J. Bacevich at The New Republic. BLUF: "If we fail to reach that end point in the Hindu...

Busy With Afghanistan, the U.S. Military Has No Time to Train for Big Wars by David Wood at Politics Daily. BLUF: "... problems are reason for a decisive shift at the Pentagon, according to an...

15 Top Stories: NATO: Militant Leaders Captured, Killed in Afghanistan - Voice of America Coalition Attacks Sap Key Insurgent Group - USA Today Fighting Erupts in Afghanistan's Tora Bora Mountains -...

Via e-mail from NATO: The NATO Multimedia Library has just published a new title in its LibGuides series. 'Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan' is a web-based research guide bringing you the latest...

Contradictory stories on China's military capabilities arrived this week. China's long-awaited DF-21D medium-range anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) is now assumed to be operational, according to...

15 Top Stories: Insurgents Set Aside Rivalries on Afghan Border - New York Times Militia Ties Undercut Security Steps in Afghanistan - Stars and Stripes U.S.: No Way to Seal Afghan-Pakistan Border -...

Innovation,Transformation, and War: U.S. Counterinsurgency Operations in Anbar and Ninewa Provinces, Iraq, 2005-2007 (Stanford University Press) by Dr. James A. Russell is now on the streets and...

15 Top Stories: Britain Charges 9 of Planning Attacks on U.S. Embassy - Washington Post Coalition Reports Progress in Afghanistan, U.N. Data Paint Bleaker Picture - VOA U.N.: Afghan Security...

15 Top Stories: Taliban Fighters Appear Quieted in Afghanistan - New York Times U.S. Troops Battle to Hand off an Afghan Valley - Washington Post Petraeus: NATO, Afghan, Pakistani Forces to...

Arabian Knight - New York Times book review of Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda. NYT review by Ben Macintyre. BLUF: "Most treatments of Lawrence's life can be divided...

15 Top Stories: Top U.S. Gen. Visits GIs in Afghanistan on Christmas - Associated Press Taliban Challenge U.S. in Eastern Afghanistan - New York Times Military Hospital in Kandahar Takes Care of...

I spent this Christmas with friends and family near Plymouth, MA, the historical beginning of a long series of the Great American Experiment revolting, rebelling, and ultimately seperating from the...

The Advisory Role - Colonel Bob Killebrew (USA ret.) argues that training and assisting foreign forces must remain central to Army doctrine in Armed Forces Journal.

OEF Philippines Case Study, via the U.S. Army Counterinsurgency Center Newsletter: "On 17 November the COIN Center released an insightful case study in counterinsurgency and design written by Dr....