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Commit to Afghanistan or Get Out - Kori Schake, Wall Street Journal opinion. In his inaugural address in 1961, John F. Kennedy said the United States would "pay any price, bear any burden, meet any...

The Afghan Imperative - David Brooks, New York Times opinion. Always there is the illusion of the easy path. Always there is the illusion, which gripped Donald Rumsfeld and now grips many Democrats...

UK Strategy and Defence Policy, Where Should it Go? Have Your Say - David Betz, Kings of War. As many of you will know the UK MoD is at work now on the preparation of a Green Paper leading up to a...

Legitimacy and the Afghan Army - Steve Coll, Foreign Policy (AFPAK Channel) ... American strategy until now has been rooted mainly in counterinsurgency doctrine. That doctrine is premised on...

Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV; Commanding General of the Combined Arms Center at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; on Security Force Assistance: A Change in Mindset. Frontier 6 delivered this...

Cross-posted from the Center for Defense Studies, Lest We Forget by Tom Donnelly. One of the reasons that Gen. Stanley McChrystal can argue that victory in Afghanistan is achievable is that he counts...

Britain's Afghan Wisdom - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. When it comes to Afghanistan, the British have a special perspective: Every mistake the United States has made recently, they made...

Brigadier General H.R. McMaster has sent to Small Wars Journal the latest draft of Army Capstone Concept version 2.7. McMaster leads a team at TRADOC that is charged with revising the Capstone...

A Comprehensive Strategy for Afghanistan: Afghanistan Force Requirements - Frederick Kagan, American Enterprise Institute, and Kimberly Kagan, Institute for the Study of War. President Obama...

Obama's Befuddling Afghan Policy - Leslie H. Gelb, Wall Street Journal opinion. I'm lost on President Barack Obama's Afghanistan policy - along with most of Congress and the US military. Not quite...

Maladies of Interpreters - Joshua Foust, New York Times opinion. In counterinsurgency, the most important thing is winning over the local population. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander in charge...

A Pragmatist, Gates Reshapes Policy He Backed - Peter Baker and Thom Shanker, New York Times. On his tenth day on the job, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates signed off on an ambitious if politically...

Here's a sampling of some early reaction - and in no particular order - to General Stanley A. McChrystal's COMISAF's Initial Assessment - released last night and posted by The Washington Post. The...

Via The Washington Post: The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that...

Obama's Sunday TV Blitz - Washington Post 44 Blog. President Obama said Sunday he will remain skeptical about the need for more US troops in Afghanistan until he is satisfied that the military has...

The Picture Awaits: The Birth of Modern Counterinsurgency - Anne Marlowe, World Affairs. At the time of the US invasion of Iraq in March 2003, counterinsurgency theory was about as popular in...

'Civilian Surge' Plan For Afghanistan Hits A Snag - Jackie Northam, National Public Radio. Speculation abounds over whether President Obama will authorize a troop increase in Afghanistan. Meanwhile...

CIA Expanding Presence in Afghanistan - Greg Miller, Los Angeles Times. The CIA is deploying teams of spies, analysts and paramilitary operatives to Afghanistan, part of a broad intelligence "surge...

A Better Missile Defense for a Safer Europe - Robert M. Gates, New York Times opinion. The future of missile defense in Europe is secure. This reality is contrary to what some critics have alleged...

Bosnia's Lesson - George Will, Washington Post opinion. For 11 days in late August and early September in 1995, US and NATO air power defended Bosnian Muslims, who were being attacked by Bosnian...

COIN Center SITREP - Latest monthly SITREP from the US Army / US Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center. Includes Security Force Assistance. SSI September 2009 Newsletter - Strategic Studies Institute...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Obama's Afghan strategy - a blank page, 2) America's spies adjust to the post-al Qaeda era. Obama's Afghan strategy - a...

Department of Defense Instruction 3000.05 - Stability Operations, released on 16 September 2009, was signed by Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michí¨le A. Flournoy. Stability Operations...

Exploring Three Strategies for Afghanistan - Hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate. Witnesses were Dr. John Nagl, President, Center for a New American Security (...

Afghanistan is Hard All the Time, but It's Doable - David Petraeus, The Times opinion (General David Petraeus is Commander, United States Central Command. This is an edited and abridged version of a...

Today President Obama scrapped the Bush administration's plan to install 10 ground-based interceptor (GBI) missiles and a high-powered radar in Poland and the Czech Republic. Instead, Obama proposed...

The beat goes on, the beat goes on Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain La de da de de, la de da de da...

I headed downtown last night to attend a reception for the kick-off of American Enterprise Institute's Center for Defense Studies. AEI was a first-class host (h/t to Tom Donnelly and crew) making for...

Afghanistan's Other Front - Joseph Kearns Goodwin, New York Times opinion. Allegations of ballot-stuffing in the presidential election in Afghanistan last month are now so widespread that a recount...

Military Chief Suggests Need to Enlarge US Afghan Force - Thom Shanker, New York Times. The nation's top military officer pushed back Tuesday against Democrats who oppose sending additional combat...