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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 (...

A very good read by Mark Safranski at Zenpundit - On Afghanistan and Strategy.

US Boots On Congo Ground - Michael O'Hanlon, Washington Post opinion. ... Yet how can the US military, so overstretched in strategically crucial wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, spare any troops for...

Welcome to our world Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D. - We at SWJ and those on our left side-bar (blog roll) wish you the best of luck. We'll be watching you;-) Here's Loren's "beach-side" e-mail press...

I first want to thank you for the opportunity to discuss the important issues facing us and to gain your perspectives and insights on the critical task of adapting our institution to more effectively...

New Army Handbook Teaches Afghanistan Lessons - Thom Shanker, New York Times. More than a year has passed since an Afghan police commander turned on coalition forces and helped insurgents carry out...

The latest edition of Outside The Beltway Blog Talk Radio program, hosted by James Joyner, can be heard here. James Joiner and Dave Schuler were joined by special guest Dave Dilegge of Small Wars...

Torture at The Library of Congress By Morris Davis Lynndie England will discuss her biography Tortured: Lynndie England, Abu Ghraib and the Photographs That Shocked the World at the Library of...

General Anthony Zinni on the Internet Age. General Anthony Zinni on the "curse of loyalty".

In the past two months, the United States and India have had encounters with North Korean cargo ships suspected of transporting missile or WMD components banned by UN Security Council resolutions. In...

Taking inspiration from Dave's "Back Off" post, I was disturbed to read this Huffington Post commentary highlighted at the always readable Abu Muqawama. The assessment comes from a human rights...

Okay, everyone who's anyone - and many who think they're someone -- inside and outside the beltway - has chimed in - did I miss anyone? Speak now or forever hold your peace. The Afghanistan affair...

ICRC Calls for Greater Compliance with Geneva Conventions By Lisa Schlein Voice of America The International Committee of the Red Cross is calling for greater compliance with the rules of war by...

Air Force Training More Pilots for Drones Than for Manned Planes - Walter Pincus, Washington Post. The Air Force will train more pilots to fly unmanned aerial systems from ground operations centers...

David Wood is back in Afghanistan, this time for Politics Daily, you can read his reports from the field here. Highly recommended reading!

This is a one minute video that illustrates the nature of the fighting in the flatlands / villages of the '"Green Zone". This is typical of the fighting I observed day after day. We have the...

Via the New America Foundation - Starting today, Foreign Policy magazine and the New America Foundation are launching The AfPak Channel, a special project taking readers inside the war for South...

In March President Obama stated the goal of the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan: "to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in...

Report Sees Recipe for Civil War in Iraq - Eli Lake, Washington Times. A report to be published this month by the US government's prestigious National Defense University warns that the Iraqi army...

More Troops, Fewer Caveats. Let's Get Serious - Anthony Cordesman, The Times opinion. In Afghanistan Nato/ISAF faces challenges that go far beyond the normal limits of counter-insurgency and...

Is Somalia the New Afghanistan? - Jon Swain and Michael Gillard, The Times. ... The slick video showing the last moments of a suicide bomber, entitled "Message to those who stay behind", is part of...

Seems like a decent thing to do around this one-horse town... It's been a hard day's night... ... and some twist and shout at Shea - 1965... ... and of course, Saturday night is alright for...

Going Local: The Key to Afghanistan - Seth G. Jones, Wall Street Journal opinion. The rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan is now President Barack Obama's war, one he pledged to win during...

Déjí  Vue All Over Again in Afghanistan? - Frederick W. Kagan and Kimberly Kagan, Weekly Standard opinion. Throughout the debate about the "surge" in Iraq at the end of 2006 and the...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Gates tries to get a grip on McChrystal, 2) Shrinking Arctic sea ice will stretch a shrinking U.S. Navy

Germany's Combat Revival - Elizabeth Pond, Christian Science Monitor opinion. Today's Germans have not yet fully reconciled their post-Hitler conscience with the use of military force for anything...

Our friends at the USA and USMC COIN Center have made locating recent COIN doctrine easy. FM 3-24 is even available in Dari and Arabic for those needing to work with host nation counterparts. Follow...

Censoring the Voice of America - Matt Armstrong, Foreign Policy. Why is it OK to broadcast terrorist propaganda but not taxpayer-funded media reports? Earlier this year, a community radio station...

White House Struggles to Gauge Afghan Success - David E. Sanger, Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker, New York Times. As the American military comes to full strength in the Afghan buildup, the Obama...

US Looks to Vietnam for Afghan Tips - Slobodan Lekic, Associated Press via Mercury News Top US officials have reached out to a leading Vietnam war scholar to discuss the similarities of that...