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Policymakers love their drones -- they allow Washington to "gain and maintain spectacle superiority."

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Can US military experience abroad in counterinsurgency help domestically to counter gangs?

Colombian Intelligence (Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad - DAS) Compromised by Drug Traffickers

Review of Special Operation's Leadership Mantras

A conversation with Major General Jonathan Shaw, CBE

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Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, will always remain a subject of fascination and study.

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This War Can Still Be Won - New York Times Op-Ed by Fernando M. Lujan.

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Is Colombia Losing Its War Against Rebels and Drugs Gangs? By David Noto, FOX News.

19 Tips for those embeded with the military

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Mexican Cartels (Transnational Criminal Organizations) Now Operating in Over 1,000 US Cities; Up From 195 US Cities

An "American Hipster in Kabul" had this to say about the recent assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani this week: [ISAF] is killing off or capturing any and all mid-level and...

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A Brutal Afghan Clan Bedevils the US by Mark Mazzetti, Scott Shane and Alissa J. Rubin of the New York Times.

Book review of Chad C. Serena’s A Revolution in Military Adaptation: The US Army in the Iraq War.

NCOs Are the Heart of a Great Army - Letter to the Editor, Wall Street Journal, by Adam Kurland. 

The Latest Ugly Truth About Pakistan - New York Times editorial.

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My Foreign Policy column reviews "A Contest for Supremacy," essential reading on the geo-strategic situation in East Asia. I also explain why the F-16 upgrade deal with Taiwan may create...

Nir Rosen discusses armed struggle with army officers who have defected to join the opposition.

Michael D. Lumpkin and Navy Adm. William H. McRaven discussed future special operations needs in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee.

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Last week, Congressman Connie Mack (R - FL) chaired the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing regarding the evolution of drug cartels and the threat they pose to the Mexican government

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