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Prior to September 2001, administrators within the U.S. government had their reasons for stubbornly hoarding their agency's secrets. In the wake of the latest Wikileaks episode involving classified...

Counterinsurgency on the Ground in Afghanistan by Jerry Meyerle, Megan Katt, and Jim Gavrilis; CNA's Center for Strategic Studies. This book provides a glimpse into what relatively small military...

On the occasion of the publication of the first North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Training Mission in Afghanistan (NTM-A) Annual Report The Center for Complex Operations in cooperation with...

Has the founder of Wikileaks' become an enemy combatant, and if so, is he a legitimate military target? Julian Assange made a conscious decision to release wartime classified information on his...

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The Importance of Understanding How Arab-Muslims Ideologically Counter al-Qaida: The Work of Moroccan Writer Muntasser Hamada Review Essay by CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN Foreword by Mr...

margin-top:0">Yemeni Intellectual Saeed al-Jamhi Ideologically Attacks al-Qaida: margin-top:0">Exploring Recent Arabic Volumes Deconstructing Militant Islamist Narratives margin-top:0"...

A week has passed since the North Korean army shelled Yeonpyeong Island, killing two South Korean civilians, two marines, and injuring many more. The strong interest all of the actors in the region...

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WikiLeaks More WikiLeaks on the Way - Politico WikiLeaks Has a New Batch of Classified Files - Los Angeles Times Pentagon Warns of Potential Harm from New WikiLeaks Release - Politics Daily State...

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Task Force Kingston By COL (ret.) John Collins Task Force Kingston, a reinforced platoon of K Company, 32d Infantry, 7th Infantry Division, crossed cruel North Korean terrain and braved brutal winter...

During the holiday season, Americans gather with their families to give thanks and remember their blessings. At a time when so many of America's finest men and women remain overseas fighting for the...

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Leadership and Accountability, Sometimes by Raymond Pritchett (Galrahn) at USNI Blog. Well worth the read, as are all of Galrahn's posts at Information Dissemination. BLUF: "I believe it is fair and...

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Dr. Christopher Paul at Foreign Policy: On 18 November (There's no checklist for counterinsurgency) Joshua Rovner and Tim Hoyt posted a critical but incomplete review of Victory Has a Thousand...

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RESTREPO Monday, November 29 at 9pm ET/PT Restrepo chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, Restrepo,...

A Tale of Two Manuals by Raphael S. Cohen in the current issue of the Center For Complex Operations' Prisim Journal. From the introduction: This article is a tale of two manuals, FM 3--24...

From Trinquier and Galula to Petraeus: The French Legacy in U.S. Counterinsurgency Doctrine may be downloaded here. This document is a product of France's Centre de Doctrine d' Emploi des Forces. A...

In response to the interest raised on the relevance of the Galula model for understanding and dealing with today's insurgencies, I conducted a brief inquiry with key experts on the topic - Peter...

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CNAS Policy Brief: New Strategy Needed for Afghan Economic Growth Via e-mail from CNAS: Despite ongoing security challenges, the Afghan private sector has enormous opportunity for development and...

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In the mid-90's I pondered the Kryptos sculpture through a window of a CIA dining facility and was intrigued enough to wander out into the courtyard to take a closer look. Being the Marine that I...