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Obama's Befuddling Afghan Policy - Leslie H. Gelb, Wall Street Journal opinion. I'm lost on President Barack Obama's Afghanistan policy - along with most of Congress and the US military. Not quite...

Maladies of Interpreters - Joshua Foust, New York Times opinion. In counterinsurgency, the most important thing is winning over the local population. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander in charge...

A Pragmatist, Gates Reshapes Policy He Backed - Peter Baker and Thom Shanker, New York Times. On his tenth day on the job, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates signed off on an ambitious if politically...

Here's a sampling of some early reaction - and in no particular order - to General Stanley A. McChrystal's COMISAF's Initial Assessment - released last night and posted by The Washington Post. The...

Via The Washington Post: The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that...

Obama's Sunday TV Blitz - Washington Post 44 Blog. President Obama said Sunday he will remain skeptical about the need for more US troops in Afghanistan until he is satisfied that the military has...

The Picture Awaits: The Birth of Modern Counterinsurgency - Anne Marlowe, World Affairs. At the time of the US invasion of Iraq in March 2003, counterinsurgency theory was about as popular in...

'Civilian Surge' Plan For Afghanistan Hits A Snag - Jackie Northam, National Public Radio. Speculation abounds over whether President Obama will authorize a troop increase in Afghanistan. Meanwhile...

CIA Expanding Presence in Afghanistan - Greg Miller, Los Angeles Times. The CIA is deploying teams of spies, analysts and paramilitary operatives to Afghanistan, part of a broad intelligence "surge...

A Better Missile Defense for a Safer Europe - Robert M. Gates, New York Times opinion. The future of missile defense in Europe is secure. This reality is contrary to what some critics have alleged...

Bosnia's Lesson - George Will, Washington Post opinion. For 11 days in late August and early September in 1995, US and NATO air power defended Bosnian Muslims, who were being attacked by Bosnian...

COIN Center SITREP - Latest monthly SITREP from the US Army / US Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center. Includes Security Force Assistance. SSI September 2009 Newsletter - Strategic Studies Institute...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Obama's Afghan strategy - a blank page, 2) America's spies adjust to the post-al Qaeda era. Obama's Afghan strategy - a...

Department of Defense Instruction 3000.05 - Stability Operations, released on 16 September 2009, was signed by Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michí¨le A. Flournoy. Stability Operations...

Exploring Three Strategies for Afghanistan - Hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate. Witnesses were Dr. John Nagl, President, Center for a New American Security (...

Afghanistan is Hard All the Time, but It's Doable - David Petraeus, The Times opinion (General David Petraeus is Commander, United States Central Command. This is an edited and abridged version of a...

Today President Obama scrapped the Bush administration's plan to install 10 ground-based interceptor (GBI) missiles and a high-powered radar in Poland and the Czech Republic. Instead, Obama proposed...

The beat goes on, the beat goes on Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain La de da de de, la de da de da...

I headed downtown last night to attend a reception for the kick-off of American Enterprise Institute's Center for Defense Studies. AEI was a first-class host (h/t to Tom Donnelly and crew) making for...

Afghanistan's Other Front - Joseph Kearns Goodwin, New York Times opinion. Allegations of ballot-stuffing in the presidential election in Afghanistan last month are now so widespread that a recount...

Military Chief Suggests Need to Enlarge US Afghan Force - Thom Shanker, New York Times. The nation's top military officer pushed back Tuesday against Democrats who oppose sending additional combat...

Between the day job requirements and scouring the 'Net to bring you the most relevant Small Wars related news and commentary there are points in time where I just want to say -- too much -- make it...

Alternate Viewpoint on the Somalia Strike and Offshore Balancing By Tom Donnelly OK, I'll take the bait. To offer the killing of Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan as evidence of the success of a strategy of "...

Three stories in today's news connect directly to themes discussed here at the Small Wars Journal blog. These three themes are central and unresolved questions about how the U.S. and the West should...

Afghanistan Troop Request May Contain Political Fail-Safe - Spencer Ackerman, Washington Independent. A forthcoming request from the commander of US troops in Afghanistan for additional resources...

Rageh Omaar, Al-Jazeera International, investigates the US' military and political strategy for Africa and how its relationship with the continent may change under US president Obama. The first part...

Obama Rejects Afghanistan-Vietnam Comparison - John Harwood, New York Times. President Obama rejected comparisons on Monday between the war in Afghanistan and the conflict in Vietnam a generation...

US Kills Top Qaeda Leader in Southern Somalia - Jeffrey Gettleman and Eric Schmitt, New York Times. American commandos killed one of the most wanted Islamic militants in Africa in a daylight raid in...

Time to Deal in Afghanistan - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post opinion. It is time to get real about Afghanistan. Withdrawal is not a serious option. The United States, NATO, the European Union and...

Only Decisive Force Can Prevail in Afghanistan - Lindsey Graham, Joseph I. Lieberman and John McCain, Wall Street Journal opinion. Growing numbers of Americans are starting to doubt whether we...