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Philippine Military: Counterinsurgency, Terrorism Operations Fruitful in 2010 - Xinhua via The Manila Bulletin. BLUF: "The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday it had further reduced the...

Via the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) and The Daily Telegraph: New English-Language al-Qaeda Explosives Manual Released Online. From ICSR: In the last few days, English...

15 Top Stories: U.S. Fights to Open School in Taliban Area - Associated Press Pakistan on Strike Against Bill to Amend Blasphemy Law - BBC News Islamists Lead Pakistan Strike In Political Crisis -...

The latest from the new AF-PAK poet laureate: What Poets Can Teach Us About the War in Afghanistan by Andrew J. Bacevich at The New Republic. BLUF: "If we fail to reach that end point in the Hindu...

Busy With Afghanistan, the U.S. Military Has No Time to Train for Big Wars by David Wood at Politics Daily. BLUF: "... problems are reason for a decisive shift at the Pentagon, according to an...

15 Top Stories: NATO: Militant Leaders Captured, Killed in Afghanistan - Voice of America Coalition Attacks Sap Key Insurgent Group - USA Today Fighting Erupts in Afghanistan's Tora Bora Mountains -...

Via e-mail from NATO: The NATO Multimedia Library has just published a new title in its LibGuides series. 'Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan' is a web-based research guide bringing you the latest...

Contradictory stories on China's military capabilities arrived this week. China's long-awaited DF-21D medium-range anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) is now assumed to be operational, according to...

15 Top Stories: Insurgents Set Aside Rivalries on Afghan Border - New York Times Militia Ties Undercut Security Steps in Afghanistan - Stars and Stripes U.S.: No Way to Seal Afghan-Pakistan Border -...

Innovation,Transformation, and War: U.S. Counterinsurgency Operations in Anbar and Ninewa Provinces, Iraq, 2005-2007 (Stanford University Press) by Dr. James A. Russell is now on the streets and...

15 Top Stories: Britain Charges 9 of Planning Attacks on U.S. Embassy - Washington Post Coalition Reports Progress in Afghanistan, U.N. Data Paint Bleaker Picture - VOA U.N.: Afghan Security...

15 Top Stories: Taliban Fighters Appear Quieted in Afghanistan - New York Times U.S. Troops Battle to Hand off an Afghan Valley - Washington Post Petraeus: NATO, Afghan, Pakistani Forces to...

Arabian Knight - New York Times book review of Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda. NYT review by Ben Macintyre. BLUF: "Most treatments of Lawrence's life can be divided...

15 Top Stories: Top U.S. Gen. Visits GIs in Afghanistan on Christmas - Associated Press Taliban Challenge U.S. in Eastern Afghanistan - New York Times Military Hospital in Kandahar Takes Care of...

I spent this Christmas with friends and family near Plymouth, MA, the historical beginning of a long series of the Great American Experiment revolting, rebelling, and ultimately seperating from the...

The Advisory Role - Colonel Bob Killebrew (USA ret.) argues that training and assisting foreign forces must remain central to Army doctrine in Armed Forces Journal.

OEF Philippines Case Study, via the U.S. Army Counterinsurgency Center Newsletter: "On 17 November the COIN Center released an insightful case study in counterinsurgency and design written by Dr....

15 Top Stories: Karzai Warms to Idea Of Talking to Taliban In Turkey - Reuters NATO Night Raid in Kabul Leaves Afghan Guards Dead - New York Times Pakistani Outposts Struck by Large Taliban Assault...

Department of Defense Directive 5100.01: Functions of the Department of Defense and Its Major Components has been reissued. This is the first major update to this Directive since 1987. DoDD 5100.01...

Netwar meets Oprah: The Wikileaks Files, Volume whatever by Dr. David Betz at Kings of War. A a member of an e-mail discussion group I belong to puts it: "This has a little of everything from...

Christmas Boxes in Camp, 1861 Harper's Weekly, January 4th, 1862 Merry Christmas from Small Wars Journal

15 Top Stories: U.S. Approved Business With Blacklisted Nations - New York Times U.S. Defends Permits For Deals In Sanctioned Nations - Reuters Hazaras Gain Clout in Disputed Afghan Elections -...

Here's the latest U.S. Army Counterinsurgency Center SITREP. From the Director's Comments: "This SITREP highlights current initiatives in the Counterinsurgency and Irregular Warfare Communities of...

Tossing the Afghan COIN by Michael A. Cohen at The Nation. BLUF: "...what should really be taken away from the US military's experience over the past ten years is not that the United States...

15 Top Stories: U.N. Envoy Says Taliban Realize They Can't Win - Associated Press Taliban Insurgents Prepare to Attempt `Spectacular' Attacks - Bloomberg U.S. Medicines for Afghan Soldiers Disappear...

A recent conference at the American Enterprise Institute reached an interesting conclusion concerning United States security strategy in the Indian Ocean-East Asian-Pacific Ocean ("Indo-Pacific")...

15 Top Stories: Afghan Government Disbands Dozens of Private Security Firms - VOA Covering Marines at War, Through Facebook - New York Times NATO Denies U.S. Plans Ground Raids into Pakistan - Los...

Crispin Burke, Wings over Iraq, has a three part series posted at the Swiss blog Offiziere.ch entitled "America's All-Volunteer Force: The Right Choice, Despite Stress of Two Wars". Part One can be...

In the holiday spirit, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wrote that the Commandant of the Marine Corps "is one step short of being a bigot."* Cohen, who strongly supports homosexuals in the...