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As posted previously, the Small Wars Foundation and Small Wars Journal are proud to sponsor the Institute for Land Warfare Studies' Latrun V Conference, 6-8 September 2011, at the Israeli Armor...

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DepSecDef Race Narrows To Three Names by Loren B. Thompson at the Lexington Institute's Early Warning Blog. BLUF: "Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Ashton Carter...

The new CIA chief will take on the covert war in Pakistan. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) As a civilian, Petraeus will soldier on, in Pakistan 2) China...

Rethinking RPA Applications in Irregular Warfare by Mike "Starbaby" Pietrucha Since 1995, the USAF has gone from an organization that had not a single, operational Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) to...

Non-Proliferation, the Arab Spring, and Bin Laden: Why Nuclear Weapons may be a Good Idea for Dictators by Mark Munson The events of 2011, including the rapid spread of democratic social movements in...

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The US Army Counterinsurgency (COIN) Center is pleased to host Lieutenant Colonel Adrian T. Bogart III on 21 July for our monthly webcast. LTC Bogart will be discussing command and control as well as...

Retreat, discontent, and misunderstanding: France in Afghanistan by Stéphane Taillat Foreign Policy BLUF. The last two days have been murderous for the French contingent in Afghanistan; four...

Joint Interagency Task Force--South: The Best Known, Least Understood Interagency Success by Evan Munsing and Christopher J. Lamb, Center for Strategic Research, Institute for National Strategic...

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Be Honest: Who Actually Read FM 3-24? by Starbuck at Wings over Iraq. BLUF: "At a US Army Combat Training Center, an informal poll of Observer-Controllers, many of whom had just returned from...

Emerald Express Strategic Symposium: Shaping for Successful Transition in Afghanistan Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 Gray Research Center 2040 Broadway Street MCB Quantico...

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Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Army Ranger By Lisa Daniel American Forces Press Service President Barack Obama today [Tuesday] awarded the country's highest military honor to Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A...

Irregular Adversaries and Hybrid Threats - 2011 unclassified handbook by US Joint Forces Command's Joint Irregular Warfare Center and posted at Public Intelligence.

No, not COIN as in Counterinsurgency, though we do that too.  Coin as in challenge coin -- you know, those little things the Army has been flinging around for many years and the Marine Corps...

For the Tuesday morning, cubicle-imprisoned... A lighter post to help get you through the day:

Half-Brother of Afghan President Karzai Assassinated, Voice of America. The half brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has assassinated at his home in southern Kandahar province. President Karzai...

Time and the Center for a New American Security have just launched Command Post, a series of regular video conversations on the key national-security challenges of the 21st Century. The joint effort...

Understanding War in Afghanistan by Joseph J. Collins, National Defense University Press. From the introduction: This monograph aims to provide military leaders, civil servants, diplomats, and...

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Filling the Gap: A Tribute to those lost in RC-E during the Spring 2011 Offensive This video, and the footage contained in it, is courtesy of Doc Brit Jacobs. Doc was 3rd Platoon's medic, and was...

Feedback Loops: Mexican Immigration Trends Over the past couple of years, SWJ authors have been on the forefront of both design thinking and the situation in Mexico. Recently, Ben Zweibelson...

The Necessity Of U.S. Naval Power by Gordon England, James L. Jones, and Vern Clark; Wall Street Journal opinion piece. BLUF: "Postured to respond quickly, the Navy-Marine Corps team integrates sea,...

Via STAND-TO! - Activation of Army Irregular Warfare Fusion Cell What is it? The U.S. Army Combined Arms Center (CAC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, recently activated the Army IW Fusion Cell (AIWFC)...

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Petraeus Confident as He Leaves Afghanistan by Carlotta Gall, New York Times. BLUF: "... the general said signs of progress were beginning to appear. Insurgent attacks were down in May and June...

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US Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force, greets US Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta upon the secretary's arrival at Camp Eggers, Kabul,...