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Janine's Speaker's Notes.... Combined Arms Center Senior Leader Conference Fort Leavenworth, KS, 3 February 2009 Earlier this month, I was invited to address the senior leaders of the U.S. Army's...

Laura Rozen at Foreign Policy's The Cable cites unnamed sources concerning the following DoD appointments: Ashton Carter is expected to be named soon as Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisitions,...

Via e-mail and subtitled A U.S. Army Member of an Iraq Provincial Reconstruction Team Offers Practical Advice to Foreign Service Colleagues. To the crew at Small Wars Journal: I'm a pretty...

From the Center for a New American Security: CNAS is thrilled to announce that Michele Flournoy, our President and Co-Founder, was confirmed by the Senate and sworn-in last week as the Under...

This is in reference to Ex Picks the Winners and Losers of The Gamble. It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done...

Mrs. Clinton Goes to Asia - Dan Blumenthal, National Review opinion Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's decision to make Asia the destination of her first official trip sends a positive signal to...

The Coming Swarm - John Arquilla, New York Times opinion With three Afghan government ministries in Kabul hit by simultaneous suicide attacks this week, by a total of just eight terrorists, it seems...

The Gamble: Winners and Losers - Andrew Exum at Abu Muqawama. The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 - Thomas Ricks Thomas E. Ricks uses hundreds...

Building Our Best Weapon. By Mike Mullen. We have learned, after seven years of war, that trust is the coin of the realm -- that building it takes time, losing it takes mere seconds, and maintaining...

... the main events may not even have happened yet. By Tom Ricks at the Washington Post. ... I don't think the Iraq war is over, and I worry that there is more to come than any of us suspect. A...

SWJ's 6th weekly contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include - General Petraeus's shopping list for Afghanistan - You really have only one...

U.S. Must Prepare for 'Hybrid' Warfare, General Says By John J. Kruzel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2009 -- The U.S. military boasts dominant nuclear and conventional...

Thanks to Colonel Bob Jones for his post on Small Wars Council on the topic of Mindset, which triggered some of my recollections oon the sort of allied subject of unintended consequences and their...

Nagl to run Fort CNAS - Laura Rozen at Foreign Policy's The Cable ... For now, Nagl is acting president, a CNAS officer told The Cable, saying the think tank plans to roll out more detailed plans...

Via Foreign Policy Passport. Nathaniel Fick and John Nagl, authors of The Counterinsurgency Field Manual: Afghanistan Edition, appeared on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show and The Gamble author and Best...

"The Future of the Alliance and the Mission in Afghanistan" 45th Munich Security Conference General David H. Petraeus Remarks for Panel Discussion - 8 February 2009 Well, good morning to you all....

Lieberman Calls For Comprehensive Political-Military Campaign Plan for Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan In an address, on 29 January, to the Brookings Institution, Senator Joe Lieberman (ID-CT)...

No End In Sight To The Iraq 'Gamble' - (Audio) Fresh Air from WHYY, February 10, 2009 · Washington Post special military correspondent Thomas E. Ricks predicts that the war in Iraq is likely to last...

A Military Tactician's Political Strategy - Thomas E. Ricks, Washington Post As Gen. David H. Petraeus flew into Baghdad in February 2007, preparing to take command of U.S. forces in Iraq, Col....

Command Sergeant Major Jeffrey J. Mellinger assumed the duties of the U.S. Army Materiel Command's Command Sergeant Major on Nov. 2, 2007. CSM Mellinger was previously assigned to the U.S. Army...

The Generals' Insurgency: The Story Behind the U.S. Troop Surge in Iraq - Washington Post. Follow the link for the story behind the story on Tom Ricks' latest book - The Gamble: General David...

The Dissenter Who Changed the War - Thomas E. Ricks, Washington Post Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno was an unlikely dissident, with little in his past to suggest that he would buck his superiors and...

Afghan Leader Finds Himself Hero No More - Dexter Filkens, New York Times A foretaste of what would be in store for President Hamid Karzai after the election of a new American administration came...

Capt. Samuel Cook details his unit's efforts to implement an insurgent amnesty program in the Sharqat area of Iraq's Salahuddin Province. "When we started negotiations, there was a lot of discussion...

SWJ's 5th weekly contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include - Will civilians take back America's foreign policy? - The military and the media...

Mullen Addresses Need for 'Whole Government' Approach By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service All portions of the U.S. government have a role in dealing with any instability that results from...

National Defense University's Center for Technology and National Security Policy has just released an online report - Civilian Surge: Key to Complex Operations - by Hans Binnendijk and Patrick M....

Iraq Announces Preliminary Results of Provincial Elections - Edward Yeranian, Voice of America Iraq's electoral commission has announced the preliminary results of last weekend's provincial...

An Obama A-Team for Iran - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion Whom should President Obama appoint as his emissary to Iran, to take on what may be the most important diplomatic mission in...

Obama's Vietnam - John Barry and Evan Thomas, Newsweek About a year ago, Charlie Rose, the nighttime talk-show host, was interviewing Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, the military adviser at the White House...