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Pentagon Clears 3-Star General of Alleged Misdeed by Robert Burns, Associated Press. BLUF: "The office of the Defense Department inspector general wrote in a memorandum dated July 22 that it agreed...

US Accuses Iran of Secret Al-Qaida Ties - Voice of America The United States accused Iran of having a "secret deal" with al-Qaida as Washington announced sanctions Thursday on six suspected al-Qaida...

Spec Ops Chief Warns of al-Qaida 2.0 by Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press. BLUF: "The top commander of U.S. special operations forces said Wednesday that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida is bloodied and '...

A little departure from Small Wars, these are stunning photographs and well worth a look - Blitz Britain: Amazing Colour Pictures of London Under Siege from Nazi Bombers During World War II at The...

Village Stability Operations: More than Village Defense by Colonel Ty Connett and Colonel Bob Cassidy. The authors explain the critical role that village stability operations play in the...

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House Works to Trim Overseas Spending by Joby Warrick and Mary Beth Sheridan. BLUF: "Legislation that would sharply cut U.S. foreign aid programs and slash support for family planning advanced...

Dempsey on Two Big Lessons of Iraq: Think More and Train Leaders Better by Tom Ricks, Foreign Policy's Best Defense. BLUF: "I've been scarred by rereading a quote from Einstein, who said if you have...

Seven Pillars of Small War Power by Randy Borum in Military Review. Abstract. We may need to modify our traditional "center of gravity" analysis to accommodate multiple centers of gravity in an...

Pakistani Military on the Wrong Border by Brad Brasseur For years, instability and militancy in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have threatened not only Pakistan's internal...

11 Proposed Steps for ISAF to Help Respond to Corruption in Afghanistan by Jaron S. Wharton at Foreign Policy's Best Defense. BLUF: "Part of securing and serving the people of Afghanistan means...

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Nominee to Lead Joint Chiefs Warns Against Deep Cuts by Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times. BLUF: "Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, President Obama's nominee to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,...

Army General Martin E. Dempsey testified today during his Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee. We hope when he puts on his...

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What lessons can we learn from the way the U.S. ends its wars? Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: After a long and risky advance far from their supply base, U.S. Army and...

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Jason Fritz comments on SWJ's Evolving the COIN Field Manual: A Case for Reform by Carl Prine, Crispin Burke, and Michael Few with The Prine-Burke-Few Doctrine and the COINdinistra Manual at Ink...

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You Can't Blame Me: Propaganda of the Deed I imagine that over the next year, many folks will scramble to separate themselves from Iraq and Afghanistan regardless of the various pitch and chord they...

*At Least 80 Are Dead in Norway Shooting - NYT* "Norway suffered dual attacks on Friday when powerful explosions shook the government center here and, shortly after, a gunman stalked youths at an...

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Two interesting pieces at The Interpreter (Lowy Institute for International Policy): Doubts about Leahy's Afghanistan Plan by Dr. Milton Osborne ...in every counter-insurgency campaign of which I am...

Some Safety Advice for the U.S. Military by Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic. BLUF: "... I was sitting, at one point, next to an American man of obvious military bearing, a real barrel-chested freedom...

Exclusive: Inside Darpa's Secret Afghan Spy Machine by Noah Shachtman at Wired's Danger Room. BLUF: "The Pentagon's top researchers have rushed a classified and controversial intelligence program...

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Sadr says Iraqis employed with US are outcasts by Louai Beshara AFP BLUF "Boycott them and reject them," he said about Iraqis who were still working for American forces or the embassy, or who had...