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Band of Brothers or Dysfunctional Family?:  A Military Perspective on Coalition Challenges During Stability Operations by Dr. Russell W. Glenn, RAND.  

In a piece for AOL Defense, Nate Freier forecasts the demand for the U.S. Army. A new report from RAND forecasts the supply. Needless to say, there is a disturbing gap.

Dr. David Ucko, no stranger to this community as author of the highly regarded The New Counterinsurgency Era, has the lead article in the forthcoming issue of the interagency journal PRISM.

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Three books on Egypt and Syria to help determine if the movement is a spring, winter, or an awakening

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More Commentary on COIN is Dead by Mark Safranski, Zenpundit.

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note # 7: Los Zetas Three Vehicle (SUV) Commando Engages in Offensive Action in Northwest Harris County, Texas: Ensuing Fire Fight with US Law Enforcement.

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An English Thanksgiving, 1942 by Thomas Fleming, Wall Street Journal.

Science is on the verge of modernizing warfare

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State Department Establishes New Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations - DoS Press Release.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, the American military embraced the idea that better tactics can overcome serious shortcomings in strategy and policy

Arrests of suspected Baa’thists continue unabated, jarring Iraq’s Sunni community.  If Prime Minister Maliki is not careful, the sectarian disease could once again infect Iraq...

Author interviews members of Colombia's national counter-narcotics unit

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The (Not So*) Secret War in Africa by Sean Naylor of the Army Times. (*SWJ edit.)

The regional backlash against China continues to grow; Myanmar's junta has reached out to the United States while Japan signs up more defense partners.

Chinese Lessons from Other Peoples' Wars - Edited by Dr. Andrew Scobell, Dr. David Lai, and Mr. Roy Kamphausen; US Army War College Strategic Studies institute monograph.

At what point does reality completely overwhelm the neatly, beautifully constructed theories we’ve used to explain it?  

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Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 8: 230,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Mexico and ‘Narco-Refugee’ Potentials for the United States.

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My Foreign Policy column discusses the arms race between big bombs and deep tunnels. I also discuss the new Marine Corps base in Australia and the problem of moral hazard.

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