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Petraeus, Polls Disagree On Afghan War Progress by David Wood, Huffington Post. BLUF: "Petraeus argued that a substantial number of American troops will be needed well after this July, while the...

It Happened On the Way to War: A Marine's Path to Peace by Rye Barcott In 2000, Rye Barcott spent part of the summer living in ten-by-ten-foot shacks in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. He was a...

According to the BBC, "blood money" -- very likely from the U.S. government -- was paid to the relatives of the three Pakistani men killed in the Davis affair. The BBC reported that under Pakistani...

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A Clear and Sober Assessment on Afghanistan by Max Boot at Commentary. BLUF: "Overall, despite inevitable setbacks and continuing challenges, I'd say that the counterinsurgency campaign - which began...

Coalition Has Momentum in Afghanistan, Petraeus Says by Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service. WASHINGTON, March 15, 2011 -- The Taliban's momentum has been reversed in most areas of...

In my Foreign Policy column last Friday, I surmised, Obama undoubtedly knows that he will face intense criticism if he stands by while Qaddafi ruthlessly crushes the rebellion. Knowing this, we must...

The Center for a New American Security's (CNAS) Fifth Annual Conference will take place in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, June 2, 2011. Conference registration will open in the coming weeks....

Is U.S. Aid to Afghanistan Helping Win the War? Doubts are Increasing. By Anna Mulrine, Christian Science Monitor. BLUF: "Increasingly, some defense analysts are coming to the conclusion that...

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We have been remiss in offering up our SWJ quote of the week. As a bit of remedial action, we offer up this potential SWJ quote of the year by Metin Turcan in his Small Wars Journal article Seeing...

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Technology and Training With advances in technology in the advent of the information age, IPhones and IPads can now assist us in land and aerial navigation, survey and census collection, and basic...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan Combined Joint Public Affairs Office Camp Eggers -- Kabul Mar. 5, 2011 Release # 2011-03-04 Feature - The Time Is Now: Building an ANP Force...

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Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Libya's rebels scramble to hold out 2) Think grand strategy is too hard? It's really not, say Kaplan and Kaplan. Libya's...

Once-Secret Iraqi Documents Offer Lesson for Libya by Yochi J. Dreazen, National Journal. BLUF: "An analysis of the documents by the U.S. Military Academy's Combating Terrorism Center found that...

COIN Center: Monthly Webcast The US Army Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host Dr. John A. Bonin, Professor of Concepts and Doctrine at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks,...

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Admiral Harvey's Amphibious Operations Reading List in PDF. What's a good-old fashioned amphibious exercise without a reading list? Small Wars Journal received an e-mail the other day that had a...

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has nominated Army Lieutenant General Robert W. Cone for appointment to the rank of general and assignment as commanding...

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Book Review: The Crisis Caravan: What's Wrong with Humanitarian Aid by Linda Polman. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2010. 229 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8-50-9290-5. $23.99 (hardcover). Reviewed by...

Spinning Senators Wasn't a 'Psyop,' Officer Admits - SWJ friend Spencer Ackerman, Danger Room, has the latest concerning the Rolling Stone story suggesting NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan utilized...

... says the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) in an editorial titled "The President's Generals". "...Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen's term ends September 30......

Considerations on Libya by Steven T. Brothers We must prevent Qaddafi from more efficiently slaughtering his own people. This can be accomplished with intervention. Yet, we must carefully weigh the...

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The 2011 Army Posture Statement was published on 2 March. The Army Posture Statement is the written testimony of the secretary of the Army and the chief of staff of the Army to Congress for the...

Peace-Building That Pays Off by General Anthony Zinni (USMC, Ret.), New York Times opinion. BLUF: "In voting last month to eliminate financing for the United States Institute of Peace, members of the...