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Message from the Director: Setting the Record Straight on Our Afghanistan Analysis - Statement to CIA Employees by Director David H. Petraeus, October 14, 2011.

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Hard Choices for Ground Forces by David W. Barno, Nora Bensahel and Travis Sharp at Defense News.

At the start of a training exercise near the Spratly Islands, a U.S. Marine lieutenant had an interesting message for China.

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Unfounded Drone Fears - Los Angeles Times Op-Ed by Michael W. Lewis.

General McChrytsal Joins SOA AB and Commander Support Program Help Wanted.

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Mexican Cartel Tactical Notes: No 4. Cartel Military Weapons Cache Discovered Near Fronton, Texas.

Lessons in Military Leadership: Learn to be a Manager by Peter Munson at Boats Against the Current.

This article attempts to explore why deep-seeded emotions cause individuals/groups to disregard the rational actor model that many use to describe the premise of modern Counterinsurgency (COIN)...

Syria as viewed through the economic-rationalist lens of conflict analysis

United States and Russian relations explored

COL Paul Yingling responds to COL Gian Gentile.

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In my Foreign Policy column I discuss why the U.S. won't do much about the Iranian bomb plot. I also discuss a new report about the future of U.S. ground forces, which bucks the current...

General-turned-Spy-Chief Gives Military Greater Role in CIA Analysis of Afghan War by Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press.

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The U.S. Central Command investigation into the Aug. 6, 2011, CH-47 crash in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, is complete. An unclassified executive summary of the investigation is available on the...

Texas Border Security: A Strategic Military Assessment

U.S. Ground Force Capabilities Through 2020 - A Report of the CSIS New Defense Approaches Project by Nathan Freier (primary author) and Daniel Bilko, Matthew Driscoll, Akhil Lyer, Walter Rugen,...

Many theorists are hoping to use Cold War deterrence theory against a future nuclear-armed Iran. The Washington bomb plot may have blown up those hopes.

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I'll be the first to admit it:  drones are quite the rage. In 2009, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates hinted that the F-35 Lightning II might be the last manned fighter ever fielded....

Does U.S. Drone Use Set a New Precedent for War? -  PBS News Hour.

CNAS 'Hard Choices' is a good start for discussing the Pentagon's budget options. But a deeper discussion of risks and consequences is needed.

A Few Questions for Colonel Paul Yingling on Failures in Generalship by Colonel Gian P Gentile.

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Mini SWJ news roundup covering Army budget cuts as discussed during a news conference today at the annual session of the Association of the United States Army and an overview by Defense News.