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Crispin Burke, Wings over Iraq, has a three part series posted at the Swiss blog Offiziere.ch entitled "America's All-Volunteer Force: The Right Choice, Despite Stress of Two Wars". Part One can be...

In the holiday spirit, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wrote that the Commandant of the Marine Corps "is one step short of being a bigot."* Cohen, who strongly supports homosexuals in the...

The latest issue of Joint Force Quarterly has just been posted to the National Defense University Press web page. Continue on for the executive summary with individual article links.

15 Top Stories: Life and Death Decisions Weigh on Junior Officers - New York Times Gauging the Price Tag for Afghanistan's Security - Washington Post Waste In U.S. Afghan Aid Seen At Billions Of...

Lessons Learned from U.S. Government Law Enforcement in International Operations by Dilshika Jayamaha, Scott Brady, Ben Fitzgerald, and Jason Fritz. From the summary of this U.S. Army Peacekeeping...

Today, South Korean marines proceeded with an artillery training exercise on Yeonpyeong Island. Instead of delivering "brutal consequences beyond imagination" if the exercise went ahead, the North...

15 Top Stories: Militants Kill Afghan Soldiers in 2 Attacks - New York Times Taliban Show Reach, Kill 13 Afghan Troops - Associated Press Allawi Comments Boost Iraq Government Prospects - Washington...

15 Top Stories: Person of the Year: SSGT Salvatore Giunta - New York Times Twin Attacks Target Afghan Security Forces - Los Angeles Times In Arghandab, Standing Guard While Government Takes Root -...

SWJ friend and Advisory Board member Dr. David Ucko has a new post up at Kings of War entitled Peacebuilding and Counterinsurgency: Two Sides of the Same Coin? BLUF: "...the recollection of the '...

15 Top Stories: Pakistani Role Is Suspected in Revealing U.S. Spy's Name - New York Times Top U.S. Spy in Pakistan is Removed after Threats - Washington Post CIA Recalls Pakistan Station Chief After...

East Asia on the brink of small war. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) A different kind of small war in Korea? 2) Two intelligence reports mean more Afghan...

10 Top Stories: Afghanistan and Pakistan Review Roundup - Small Wars Journal Japan Announces Defense Policy to Counter China - New York Times Japan Defence Review Warns of China's Military Might -...

Via the Washington Post and Council on Foreign Relations, here is a copy of the White House Overview of the Afghanistan and Pakistan Annual Review. From the opening: "Specific components of our...

Briefing by Director of Policy Planning Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter and USAID Deputy Administrator Donald K. Steinberg on Release of the First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR)....

I was sitting in my "local" the other day after work. It is a pub called the "Lower Lode." It sits just across the Severn River from the Battlefield of Tewkesbury. I was thinking about the past. The...

Missed an important op-ed this morning by Pete Mansoor and Max Boot - Winning in Afghanistan in the Los Angeles Times. BLUF: "The buildup of U.S. forces, completed only this fall, is already having a...

15 Top Stories: Obama, on Eve Of Review, Cites Afghan War Progress - Reuters Afghan Report Sees July Troop Pullouts Despite Perils - New York Times Afghan Report to Fault Pakistan Safe Havens -...

Face of Defense: Grandson Continues 'Band of Brothers' Tradition By Army Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division FORT BRAGG, N.C., Dec. 14, 2010 -- Even at 80 years...

15 Top Stories: War Review Cites Strides, Less Confident of Governance - Washington Post Intelligence Reports Offer Dim Views of Afghan War - New York Times Classified Reports Counter Optimism on...

According to the New York Times, the Japanese government will soon release new defense policy guidelines that will redirect its military's primary attention away from the Russian threat from the...

Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke - April 24, 1941 -- December 13, 2010 Richard C. Holbrooke, 1941-2010 - Foreign Policy Veteran U.S. Diplomat Richard Holbrooke Dies - Voice of America Veteran U.S....

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the United States government's special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, died tonight after a brief, acute illness. He was 69 years old. Ambassador Holbrooke...

Lots of e-mails today, here are several that caught my attention and/or interest - continue on for Monday's odds and ends...

To those directly involved in small wars during the last decade, Ultimately, this may be the most important project that I've pursued while commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. This...

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion links. 15 Top Stories Quick-look: As U.S. Assesses Afghan War, Karzai a Question Mark - Washington Post 6 Americans Killed by Bomb at a New U.S.-Afghan...

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion links. 15 Top Stories Quick-look: Nawa Proving Ground for U.S. Strategy in Afghan War - Washington Post Violence Flares Anew in Southern Afghanistan - New...

Our site has been unstable for the last couple of weeks, and the sunspots have been particularly active for the last few days. My apologies to all of you who are having your small wars experience...

American Pie: History of Rock & Roll, at least until the late '60s; Don McLean, released in '71: On the Dark Side with Eddie & the Cruisers (John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band):...

Bleak Afghan and Pakistan intelligence reviews by Kimberly Dozier and Anne Gearan of the Associated Press. AP's strict copyright rules dictate that I can't even provide a short excerpt here. So...