SWJ Blog is a multi-author blog publishing news and commentary on the various goings on across the broad community of practice.  We gladly accept guest posts from serious voices in the community.

See Cartoons by Cartoon by Pat Bagley - Courtesy of Politicalcartoons.com - Email this Cartoon

Lieutenant Colonel North on Poppy By Allison Brown Everyone has read by now that Afghanistan's poppy production is down for the second year running because the farmgate price is too low for farmers...

Colonel Dave Maxwell; who sent along an earlier recommendation, see Ramping Up to Face the Challenge of Irregular Warfare; also recommends Cracking the Code on Measures of Effectiveness by Sergeant...

Ramping Up to Face the Challenge of Irregular Warfare - Lieutenant Colonel Mark Grdovic, Special Warfare. In the 1960s and again in the 1980s, the U.S. military experienced a revival of interest in...

Should Obama Go 'All In' On Afghanistan? - Andrew J. Bacevich, Los Angeles Times opinion. Back in January when he took office, Barack Obama had amassed a very considerable pile of chips. Events...

Who better to ask than Ryan Crocker for advice on what to do about Afghanistan? Crocker is a 37-year veteran of the Foreign Service and spent virtually his whole career in the Middle East and South...

This just released by the Institute for the Study of War: Building Security Forces and Ministerial Capacity: Iraq as a Primer by LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.). Full report here. Overview...

Last paragraph from Secretary of Defence Robert Gates' letter to Thomas Curley, President and Chief Executive Offer of The Associated Press, concerning the publication of a photograph of Lance...

The Afghanistan Abyss - Nicholas Kristof, New York Times opinion. President Obama has already dispatched an additional 21,000 American troops to Afghanistan and soon will decide whether to send...

A Stable Pakistan Needs a Stable Afghanistan - Frederick W. Kagan, Wall Street Journal opinion. Winning the war in Afghanistan - creating a stable and legitimate Afghan state that can control its...

In Afghanistan, Let's Keep It Simple - Ahmed Rashid, Washington Post opinion. For much of the 20th century before the Soviet invasion in 1979, Afghanistan was a peaceful country living in harmony...

Why We're Getting it Wrong in Afghanistan - Anthony King, Prospect. Writing in this month's Prospect, Stephen Grey details the political and military mistakes that have been made in Helmand. Perhaps...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1. Afghanistan and civil-military relations, 2. Communication breakdown.

From time to time we get asked about the image SWJ and SWC uses in the upper left hand corner of all the main pages... The image is called Tracking Bin Laden and was painted by U.S. Army Center of...

Can the US Lead Afghans? - Mark Moyar, New York Times opinion. The Afghanistan debate is increasingly focused on two words: troop numbers. Those numbers certainly deserve serious attention as...

The Same Old Mistake - Kimberly Marten, New York Times opinion. The US and Afghan governments have announced a new policy to pay tribal militias to provide security in Afghanistan. This began as a...

Washington's Afghan Brawl - Thomas Rid, Kings of War. (H/T Bernard Finel) The debate on the pros and cons of Afghanistan is raging inside the Beltway. And it is a bit unsettling. On the one side...

The US Army / USMC Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host Major Josh Wineera during a COIN Center Webcast Wednesday, 23 SEP 09 from 1000 to 1100 CST (1100 - 1200 EST). Major Wineera will explore...

US to Boost Combat Force in Afghanistan - Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times. US officials are planning to add as many as 14,000 combat troops to the American force in Afghanistan by sending home...

A Middle Way On Afghanistan? - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. It's the nature of Afghanistan that nothing there ever works out quite the way outsiders expect, and that certainly was the...

Taliban Surprising US Forces With Improved Tactics - Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. The Taliban has become a much more potent adversary in Afghanistan by improving its own tactics and finding gaps...

The U.S. Army War College just announced the launch of its Information as Power blog: "Information is an element of national power along with diplomatic, military and economic power. The current...

The Stimson Center has published an essay I wrote for it on the future of security force assistance. Theme: In the wake of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, U.S. policymakers will look for new...

See Cartoons by Cartoon by John Cole - Courtesy of Politicalcartoons.com - Email this Cartoon A Catalogue of Errors that Shames the UK - David Cameron, The Times opinion. Twelve days ago, Abdul...

Time to Get Out of Afghanistan - George Will, Washington Post opinion. ... US strategy - protecting the population - is increasingly troop-intensive while Americans are increasingly impatient about...

McChrystal Delivers Afghan Assessment to US, NATO Leaders - Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service. The commander of NATO and US forces in Afghanistan has completed his assessment of the...

How to Lose in Afghanistan - Anthony H. Cordesman, Washington Post opinion. The United States cannot win the war in Afghanistan in the next three months - any form of even limited victory will take...

H/T Ex at Abu Muqawama (see the link for Ex's commentary) - Heritage Foundation: Panel Discussion on the Presidential Election in Afghanistan by C-SPAN. Watch C-SPAN's coverage of a discussion on...

SWJ friend Joe Galloway reports on former Army LT William Calley's apology for the My Lai massacre in his McClatchy commentary regrets for My Lai massacre decades late. Former Lt. Rusty Calley has...

US Sets Metrics to Assess War Success - Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. The White House has assembled a list of about 50 measurements to gauge progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan as it tries to...