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More US Troops May Be Needed in Afghanistan, says Pentagon Advisor By Al Pessin Voice of America Washington 29 July 2009 A member of the strategic assessment team working with the new U.S. military...

Good stuff at World Politics Review. Judah Grunstein interviews Andrew Exum concerning Ex's recent time in Afghanistan. Andrew Exum is a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, and author...

How We'll Win in Afghanistan - Bing West, Wall Street Journal opinon. ... Strangely, our military leaders rarely talk about the battles here. They urge shooting less and drinking more cups of tea...

Counterinsurgency Leadership in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Beyond 23 September 2009 National Press Club Washington, D.C. On 23 September 2009, the U.S. Marine Corps University and Marine Corps University...

The Phoenix Program and Contemporary Counterinsurgency - William Rosenau, Austin Long, Rand Corporation. Fresh interest in the history of counterinsurgency has focused renewed attention on the...

Q & A with Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal - Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times. You have said that in Afghanistan protecting the population is the top priority. What does that mean you stop doing...

Back to Basics By Captain David Blair, US Air Force Originally posted at Air University's The Wright Stuff. (Hat tip to Colonel Bob Potter for sending this along to SWJ) "... That I will support and...

America's New Nightmare - Ron Moreau, Newsweek. Soon after 4,000 U.S. Marines flooded into Afghanistan's Helmand River Valley on July 2, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar called top Taliban regional...

Iran's nuclear program is suddenly receiving a flurry of attention from top Obama administration officials. Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited Israel today to exchange views on the subject with...

Our Soldiers Are Not Trained For The Wars They Are In - Cynthia Banham, Sydney Morning Herald. Many Australians revere the military, and it occupies a sacred place in their consciousness. Soldiers...

A Warrior Fighting the Wrong War is the title of Nate Fick's Washington Post review of By His Own Rules: The Story of Donald Rumsfeld by Bradley Graham. Book Description A penetrating political...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy. Topics include: 1) The Domino Theory returns, 2) Thank you, Rafael Correa.

Earlier this month, retired Marine Colonel TX Hammes wrote an article in Armed Forces Journal regarding the drawbacks of pervasive PowerPoint use in the military. He challenged readers to compete in...

Air Force Report Envisions a Broader Use of Drones - Christopher Drew, New York Times. Small remotely piloted planes are now used mainly to gather intelligence and fire missiles at insurgents. But...

Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan Requires New Thinking By John House Special to American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 23, 2009 -- International forces in Afghanistan must garner popular...

Combat Advisors: Longer Deployments Required by Major Morgan Smiley Several recent articles have cited the growing interest in accelerating the development and expansion of Afghanistan's security...

Iraqi Prime Minister Open to Renegotiating Withdrawal Timeline - Spencer Ackerman, Washington Independent. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki opened the door for the first time Wednesday to the...

Wanat (VIII): An Army Report Finds a Major COIN Failure - Tom Ricks, Best Defense at Foreign Policy. The Army's study of what happened in the Wanat battle a year ago in eastern Afghanistan is even...

Charlie Rose: A conversation with Christopher R. Hill, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq.

NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook - The New Fight in Afghanistan. Guests: Joining us from Kabul, Afghanistan, is Laura King, reporter for The Los Angeles Times. She's recently been in the country's...

The July 2009 issue of the Combating Terrorism Center's CTC Sentinel is now online. Articles include: The Terrorist Threat to Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons - Shaun Gregory The Significance of Qari Zain...

Five weeks after Iran's presidential elections it is now clear that Iran's ruling elite has split into two factions. The question now is whether Iran's security forces will split. Former presidents...

Gates Calls for Increase of 22,000 Soldiers By John J. Kruzel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 20, 2009 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today announced plans to add up to 22,000...

U.S., U.K. Differ on How to Confront Foes - United Press International. A new strategic study has spotlighted different approaches adopted by British and U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan to...

Last week I attended a seminar on China at the Brookings Institution. At the seminar David Finkelstein gave a must-read presentation on China's grand strategy. Finkelstein is a retired U.S. Army...

It's not often when a SWJ friend lands a starring role in a network news series -- so we were quite excited when we learned that Roger Carstens will be co-starring in NBC News' The Wanted....

Center for Complex Operations: 2nd Annual Conference July 28, 2009 National Defense University Washington, D.C. The Center for Complex Operations Second Annual Conference will introduce the CCO's...

'How This Ends': Iraq's Uncertain Path toward National Reconciliation - Michael Eisenstadt and Ahmed Ali, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. During Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki's...

Town Hall Meeting to Announce the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, July 10, 2009. Excerpt follows: ... We don't have the luxury of...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy. Topics include: 1. Why the Taliban are watching the polls in Britain, 2. Adaptation means learning how to learn.