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The US Army/USMC Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host Dr. Christopher Paul, Ph. D. He is a Full Social Scientist working out of RAND's Pittsburgh office and has developed methodological...

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Early today, the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Maritime Raid Force, operating off USS Dubuque, retook the German--owned vessel M/V Magellan Star from Somali pirates who had attacked and boarded...

South Asia's Geography of Conflict by Robert D. Kaplan. Via the CNAS web site: In South Asia's Geography of Conflict, CNAS Senior Fellow and acclaimed author Robert D. Kaplan provides a detailed...

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Clinton Compares Mexico's Drug War to an Insurgency - Paul Richter and Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times Mexico Looking Like Colombia, Clinton Says - William Both, Washington Post Clinton Sees...

David Ignatius on Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in today's Washington Post - "Gates: The Pentagon's Accountability Cop". Lieutenant General William Caldwell in today's Wall Street Journal - "Dr....

Rowan Scarborough of The Washington Times reports on a possible budget cut for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO).

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The Summer 2010 issue of Parameters is now posted at the U.S. Army War College web site. Here is the lineup: War—Continuity in Change, and Change in Continuity by Colin S. Gray An Appraisal of...

An editorial in yesterday's Washington Post on the legality of targeted killings of terror suspects is an interesting pairing with my August 20 prediction in Foreign Policy that covert action,...

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USJFCOM to be Axed... Went to work, got a bit of bad news Went to work, got a bit of bad news Ol' Bobby G said here's your fate, gonna shut you down, gonna lock the gate Now we all have the Jiffy Com...

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Improving in War: Military Adaptation and the British in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 2006-2009 - Theo Farrella, Department of War Studies, King's College London, Journal of Strategic Studies. War...

Here's the seventh edition of Small Wars Journal's Saturday Night Quote (SWJ SNQ). Kudos to Robert C. Jones. In the commentary section of SWJ Blog entry "Afghanistan: It's Not Over" COL Jones had...

Understanding Sri Lanka's Defeat of the Tamil Tigers by Major Niel A. Smith, Joint Force Quarterly. After three decades of conflict, Sri Lanka's government defeated the ethnic separatist insurgent...

The Allure of Quick Victory: Lessons from Peru's Fight against Sendero Luminoso - Major Michael L. Burgoyne, Military Review. The decapitation of Sendero Luminoso (SL) in conjunction with the use of...

The latest issue of Joint Force Quarterly is now posted at National Defense University Press. Here's the lineup: JFQ Dialogue From the Chairman - Admiral Michael Mullen Letters to the Editor - JFQ...

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Petraeus Explains Afghanistan Strategy By John D. Banusiewicz American Forces Press Service KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2010 -- Progress in Afghanistan has been faster than expected in some respects...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Hoping for the best, planning for the worst in Iraq 2) How to fight an insurgency-cartel Hoping for the best, planning...

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Interesting documentary here, examining the delicate nature and hazards of tribal negotiations in Afghanistan.

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Col. Jim Crider, SWJ friend and current 3ID G3 Operations Officer in Iraq, shares his reflections on Operation Iraqi Freedom with The Louisville Courier-Journal in an article entitled Right Time for...

Growth of The Iraqi Security Forces DoD Live By Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero Along with most of you, I have been watching the ongoing political developments in Iraq closely, but what I've been...

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