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The Army You Have - Dexter Filkens, New York Times book review. ... It took a long time - Iraq imploded, and 32,000 Americans were killed or wounded - but the Army finally righted itself. The...

US Tested 2 Afghan Scenarios in War Game - Greg Jaffe and Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. The Pentagon's top military officer oversaw a secret war game this month to evaluate the two primary...

War and Politics - Steve Coll, The New Yorker opinion. Over the summer, the Afghan Taliban's military committee distributed "A Book of Rules," in Pashto, to its fighters. The book's eleven chapters...

Lies, Damn Lies and Counterinsurgency Benchmarks - Carlos Lozada, Washington Post opinion. Whatever strategy President Obama chooses for Afghanistan, you can be sure that "benchmarks" or "metrics"...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Afghanistan and some unmentioned strategic risks, 2) Gates finds frustration in Tokyo. Afghanistan and some unmentioned...

On September 17th, President Obama scrapped the Bush administration's plans for missile defense installations in Poland and the Czech Republic. That day, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint...

Embedded video from CNN Video Fareed Zakaria's GPS: "Lessons of war in Afghanistan" - the battle at Wanat.

There's No Substitute for Troops on the Ground - Max Boot, New York Times opinion. "I hope people who say this war is unwinnable see stories like this. This is what winning in a counterinsurgency...

Pakistan Fights Back - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. Until a few months ago, Pakistani officials often used the term "miscreants" when they described the Taliban fighters operating from...

Is There a Middle Way? - Stephen Biddle, The New Republic General Stanley McChrystal's request to send more troops to Afghanistan has induced sticker shock for many Americans--including, apparently...

CNAS Releases Afghanistan Policy Brief by Andrew Exum After eight years of conflict and an ongoing policy review by the Obama Administration, the future of Afghanistan remains uncertain. Yet, as the...

Small Wars Journal has featured the U.S. Army's new Capstone Concept, the Army's top-level doctrine for how it will prepare for conflict over the next two decades. The Army Capstone Concept calls for...

The Civilian Surge Myth - Steven Metz, The New Republic. How can we snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in Afghanistan? There's one solution that has attracted analysts of all stripes: a "...

Command Releases Approach to Operational Design Vision U.S. Joint Forces Command has released a new vision on the approach to operational design, which provides guidance on how USJFCOM will advocate...

Unity of Effort: Key to Success in Afghanistan - Christopher J. Lamb and Martin Cinnamond, Institute for National Security Studies. The US Government strategy for success in Afghanistan unveiled by...

As the Commander in Chief Deliberates, Frustration Builds Within the Ranks - Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times. Only nine months ago, the Pentagon pronounced itself reassured by the early steps of...

The Long Road to Indecision - Tom Donnelly, Center for Defense Studies After White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's performances on the Sunday talkies, it's getting harder and harder to avoid the...

The U.S. Military Academy's Department of History is pleased to invite you to a West Point Symposium on the History of Irregular Warfare, 18-20 November 2009. The symposium will feature the...

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How Generals Should Talk to Presidents - John S. D. Eisenhower, New York Times opinion. In a recent speech in London, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top United States commander in Afghanistan, was...

Risking a Rights Disaster - Wazhma Frogh, Washington Post opinion. As an Afghan woman who for many years lived a life deprived of the most basic human rights, I find unbearable the thought of what...

Don't Settle for Stalemate in Afghanistan - Ike Skelton and Joe Lieberman, Washington Post opinion. Six months ago the Obama administration concluded that the only way to stop Afghanistan's slide...

The Italian Job - The Times editorial. Silvio Berlusconi's Government must explain payments made to insurgents in Afghanistan. There is a case for local deals, but none for unilateralism. War, said...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Learning to share the oceans with China 2) Pakistan under siege Learning to share the oceans with China On Sept. 22, the...

Stanley McChrystal's Long War - Dexter Filkens, New York Times Magazine. ... Success takes time, but how much time does Stanley McChrystal have? The war in Afghanistan is now in its ninth year. The...

The 2009 Army Capstone Concept from TRADOC on Vimeo. Draft Army Capstone Concept Hits Web for Public Input By Carroll Kim (TRADOC Public Affairs) FORT MONROE (Oct. 14, 2009) - The 2009 Army Capstone...

Careful to a Fault on Afghanistan - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. Afghanistan could be the most important decision of Barack Obama's presidency. Maybe that's why he is, in effect, making...

Obama Weighs Afghan Strategy, Not Just Troop Buildup - Jon Ward, Washington Times. Intense debate has raged for weeks on whether President Obama should send 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan, but...

Complete submission information is now posted for Small Wars Journal Writing Competition. Please see this page for the complete submission instructions for entries to our $8000 writing contest. And...

Joint Publication 3-24: Counterinsurgency is now online at DTIC. "This publication provides joint doctrine for the planning, execution, and assessment of counterinsurgency (COIN) operations across...