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Via DoD: Deputy Secretary Announces Intention to Depart William J. Lynn III, the third-longest serving deputy secretary in the post-Cold War era, today announced his intention to step down as deputy...

Building the Security Force That Won't Leave by Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV and Captain Nathan K. Finney, Joint Force Quarterly. Here's the abstract: If Afghans are to be weaned away...

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Book Review Master Narratives of Islamist Extremism by Jeffrey Halverson, H. L. Goodall, and Steven Corman. Published by Palgrave-MacMillan, New York. 2011. Reviewed by Commander Youssef Aboul-...

Numerous media reports have been circulating today concerning the following threat: The government has warned airlines that terrorists are considering surgically implanting explosives into people in...

Can the Obama Administration Wind Down the War on Terror? by Zachary Keck The National Strategy for Counterterrorism that the White House released last week signals the Obama administration's...

The Black Rock I want to write about something we don't talk about. More than likely, you don't want to read this, but you need to. It seems paradoxical to our military values. Often times, we...

Ode to NATO's Fiscal Farce in Libya by Jim Egan Is it not unconscionable that the US, UK & French military have failed in 100 days and £400m to route Col. Gaddafi? There are ways to prompt him to...

What's Wrong and What's Right With the War Colleges by Dr. George E. Reed, Defense Policy. Introduction: "A cascade of withering criticism has recently been leveled at the war colleges -- those...

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Defining Army Core Competencies for the 21st Century by Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen Jr. and Lieutenant Colonel Steve Leonard, Army. From the introduction: "After nearly a decade of war, our...

Intrepid Project: Why Are 13 US Navy Commandos In A Libyan Mass Grave? Remains Of 19th Century U.S. Sailors Lie On The Shores Of Tripoli - Here and Now, National Public Radio. New legislation would...

Killing Your Way to Control by William F. Owen British Army Review, Spring 2011 Download the Full Article: Killing Your Way to Control The population is not the prize. The population are the...

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Brother, Can You Paradigm? By Carl Prine at Line of Departure. BLUF: "... I agreed with him completely but didn't say anything about his doubts because it wasn't my right to do so. Well, now I think...

Global Race On to Match US Drone Capabilities by William Wan and Peter Finn, Washington Post. BLUF: "More than 50 countries have purchased surveillance drones, and many have started in-country...

SOCOM Year in Review: Completing the Circle by John D. Gresham, Defense Media Network. Review of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in 2010 and early 2011.

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The latest posted issue of Parameters (Winter of 2010-2011) is probably well worth reading because we most likely have not learned well our lessons from the past (What did Cohen and Gooch say about...

We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit...

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1944 - Hollywood Canteen - Roy Rogers, Trigger, Sons of the Pioneers

The Hot Dog Files: 12 Tales From America's Era of Sausage-Hating by Daniel Fromson, The Atlantic. BLUF: "Before FDR helped the hot dog become a Fourth of July favorite, it was an outcast associated...

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Carl Prine at "Prine's Line of Departure" has a very important post on the history of the Vietnam War, and specifically on the generalship of General Creighton Abrams. What prompted Carl's post was...

Iraqi reconstruction as a cautionary tale for Libya. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Testing the 'Bremer Hypothesis' in post-Qaddafi Libya 2) RAND has...

Antiterrorism Theme -- Antiterrorism Doctrine (FM 3-37.2) Via STAND-TO! What is it? The Army antiterrorism (AT) theme for the fourth quarter, fiscal year 2011 (4Q/FY11), -Antiterrorism Doctrine --...

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Here it is, hot off the press, National Strategy for Counterterrorism 2011. White House Unveils Retooled Plan to Hunt al-Qaida by Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press. BLUF: "The United States will push...