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The Combat Studies Institute is holding its annual symposium - Tuesday, 25 August through Thursday, 27 August. This year the subject is The U.S. Army and the Media in Wartime: Historical Perspectives...

See Cartoons by Cartoon by Nate Beeler - Courtesy of Politicalcartoons.com - Email this Cartoon Three months or eight, it does not matter Megrahi, meet your new "cell-mates" in hell. No need to save...

On Sunday, the Washington Post published a dispatch from Sarajevo that described Bosnia's simmering discontent and unfinished business. Thankfully, Bosnia has not returned to ethnic violence. But...

Petraeus to Open Intel Training Center - Eli Lake, Washington Times. Gen. David H. Petraeus plans to open an in-house intelligence organization at US Central Command this week that will train...

A short time ago, I received an e-mail from a female captain currently stationed at a Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Iraq. She writes: Hello from Iraq! As some of you may know, I run in the 'Race...

US Military Chief: Afghanistan Situation is 'Serious and Deteriorating' - Voice of America. The US military's top officer says he believes the situation in Afghanistan is "serious and deteriorating...

USAID Challenges Reflect Greater Problems at the State Department By Matt Armstrong Cross-posted at MountainRunner A primary pillar of US engagement with the world in the modern era is foreign...

Via Mark Safranski at Zenpundit - Disputing Global Dystopia: Phillips on "Our Dark Age Future". ... I am sympathetic to Col. Phillips' criticisms of the overly abstract and detached nature of IR in...

To my friends in Scotland; the Scottish National Party, and Scottish Prime Minister, and the Foreign Secretary, I praise their courage for having proved their independence in decision making, despite...

Just a quick note that we will be continuing the dialogue on the Small Wars Council's TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference forum. The next SLC is just 6 months away and we encourage Council members and...

We're Not the Soviets in Afghanistan - Frederick W. Kagan, Weekly Standard opinion. Comparisons between our current efforts in Afghanistan and the Soviet intervention that led to the collapse of the...

Gen. McChrystal Assessing Afghan Forces - Jessica Weinstein, Washington Times. As Afghan officials counted ballots from Thursday's key election, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan was...

GEN Dempsey, Both the subject of your post, and that you posted it here, demonstrate the Army's commitment to the importance of leveraging collaboration, social media and Web 2.0 technologies. A...

Joshua Foust of Registan.net and Michael Cohen of The New America Foundation debate and discuss Afghanistan to include optimism vs. pessimism on Afghanistan, vague goals, uncertain metrics, failing...

The US Army/USMC Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host SGM Robert Haemmerle at the COIN Center Virtual-Brownbag from 1000 to 1100 CST (1100 - 1200 EST) on Wednesday, 26 August 2009. SGM...

The Incoherence of COIN Advocates: Stephen Biddle Edition - Bernard Finel, ASP Flashpoint. Stephen Biddle is the single best defense analyst working today. His arguments are usually carefully...

I knew this coming into this conference and will count on it going into the next we might be invited to - a lot of the meat -- the "reality show" - of what needs to be done and almost all of the...

As you peruse the posts in this SWC forum on the issues being discussed at the TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference we would appreciate any and all reading recommendations. We will consolidate the list...

Just a quick reminder that the SWJ team, in Gettysburg, is providing live coverage of the TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference in this forum at the Small Wars Council.

The briefing on the TRADOC Campaign Plan, centering around Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN), has created the most discussion to date. Listening to the questions and comments, I was struck by several...

There is a curious quality that overcomes the mind during a visit to sacred space. Today, I rode along on the staff ride at Gettysburg and saw that quality of mind slowly come into being as we moved...

I am attending the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Senior Leaders Conference in Gettysburg, PA. Today I went on a "staff ride" of the Gettysburg battlefield with a group of about...

While Woodstock Rocked, GIs Died - Richard K. Kolb, Veterans of Foreign Wars magazine - an excerpt follows: With the 40th anniversary of the '60s cherished rock concert, the so-called "Sixties...

As Afghanistan Votes, Will the Taliban Win? - New York Times opinions. With Afghanistan's second-ever presidential election coming on Thursday, the Op-Ed editors asked four Afghans to report on the...

Obama Defends New Tack in Afghanistan - Michael D. Shear, Washington Post. President Obama on Monday defended his administration's new approach to the fierce fighting that rages in Afghanistan,...

The Afghanistan Strategy Dialogue: My Thoughts - Andrew Exum at Abu Muqawama. When I started the rather grandly titled Afghanistan Strategy Dialogue a week ago, I decided that after listening to and...

17 August Small Wars Council / TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference non-virtual meet-up at the Garryowen Irish Pub, Gettysburg, PA. National defense issues solved. Did anyone take notes?

Last Friday, the Los Angeles Times covered a crackdown by U.S. authorities on a Mexican drug cartel's cell that operated in the suburbs of San Diego. San Diego County prosecutors have charged 17...

Social Media Allows the Public to Participate in TRADOC Senior Leader Talks - Stand-To! What is it? During the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) semi-annual Senior Leaders Conference (...