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Obama Defends New Tack in Afghanistan - Michael D. Shear, Washington Post. President Obama on Monday defended his administration's new approach to the fierce fighting that rages in Afghanistan,...

The Afghanistan Strategy Dialogue: My Thoughts - Andrew Exum at Abu Muqawama. When I started the rather grandly titled Afghanistan Strategy Dialogue a week ago, I decided that after listening to and...

17 August Small Wars Council / TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference non-virtual meet-up at the Garryowen Irish Pub, Gettysburg, PA. National defense issues solved. Did anyone take notes?

Last Friday, the Los Angeles Times covered a crackdown by U.S. authorities on a Mexican drug cartel's cell that operated in the suburbs of San Diego. San Diego County prosecutors have charged 17...

Social Media Allows the Public to Participate in TRADOC Senior Leader Talks - Stand-To! What is it? During the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) semi-annual Senior Leaders Conference (...

The Land of 10,000 Wars - Ganesh Sitaraman, New York Times opinion. As General Stanley McChrystal's 60-day strategic assessment is wrapping up, he poised to recommend a new approach for Afghanistan...

Why We Need More Troops in Afghanistan - Frederick W. Kagan, Washington Post opinion. ... I recently returned from second trip to Afghanistan. Having studied the demographics and potential effects...

US Plans a Mission Against Taliban's Propaganda - Thom Shanker, New York Times. The Obama administration is establishing a new unit within the State Department for countering militant propaganda in...

GI Jane Breaks the Combat Barrier as War Evolves - Lizette Alvarez, New York Times. ... Before 2001, America's military women had rarely seen ground combat. Their jobs kept them mostly away from...

I came back from my latest month in the field in Afghanistan disquieted about our basic military mission. Is the military mission to engage, push back and dismantle the Talbian networks, with...

Lynddie England and Free Speech Originally posted at In Harmonium Yesterday, Friday August 14th, was to have seen a talk given by Lynndie England at the Library of Congress on her new biography...

As reported by the Associated Press. I really should respond - but why bother - or should I? A lecture by the woman who became the public face of the Abu Ghraib scandal was canceled Friday at the...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Drones are taking over the Air Force, 2) Maybe the state is the problem, not the solution.

Via e-mail from our long time and dear friend Jack Holt, now we know what he has been up to during his long silence;-) The Department of Defense (DoD) Web 2.0 Guidance Forum is a new initiative to...

Social Media Allows the Public to Participate in TRADOC Senior Leader Talks - Stand-To! What is it? During the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) semi-annual Senior Leaders Conference (...

A very good read by Mark Safranski at Zenpundit - On Afghanistan and Strategy.

US Boots On Congo Ground - Michael O'Hanlon, Washington Post opinion. ... Yet how can the US military, so overstretched in strategically crucial wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, spare any troops for...

Welcome to our world Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D. - We at SWJ and those on our left side-bar (blog roll) wish you the best of luck. We'll be watching you;-) Here's Loren's "beach-side" e-mail press...

I first want to thank you for the opportunity to discuss the important issues facing us and to gain your perspectives and insights on the critical task of adapting our institution to more effectively...

New Army Handbook Teaches Afghanistan Lessons - Thom Shanker, New York Times. More than a year has passed since an Afghan police commander turned on coalition forces and helped insurgents carry out...

The latest edition of Outside The Beltway Blog Talk Radio program, hosted by James Joyner, can be heard here. James Joiner and Dave Schuler were joined by special guest Dave Dilegge of Small Wars...

Torture at The Library of Congress By Morris Davis Lynndie England will discuss her biography Tortured: Lynndie England, Abu Ghraib and the Photographs That Shocked the World at the Library of...

General Anthony Zinni on the Internet Age. General Anthony Zinni on the "curse of loyalty".

In the past two months, the United States and India have had encounters with North Korean cargo ships suspected of transporting missile or WMD components banned by UN Security Council resolutions. In...

Taking inspiration from Dave's "Back Off" post, I was disturbed to read this Huffington Post commentary highlighted at the always readable Abu Muqawama. The assessment comes from a human rights...

Okay, everyone who's anyone - and many who think they're someone -- inside and outside the beltway - has chimed in - did I miss anyone? Speak now or forever hold your peace. The Afghanistan affair...

ICRC Calls for Greater Compliance with Geneva Conventions By Lisa Schlein Voice of America The International Committee of the Red Cross is calling for greater compliance with the rules of war by...

Air Force Training More Pilots for Drones Than for Manned Planes - Walter Pincus, Washington Post. The Air Force will train more pilots to fly unmanned aerial systems from ground operations centers...

David Wood is back in Afghanistan, this time for Politics Daily, you can read his reports from the field here. Highly recommended reading!

This is a one minute video that illustrates the nature of the fighting in the flatlands / villages of the '"Green Zone". This is typical of the fighting I observed day after day. We have the...