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Washington's Afghan Brawl - Thomas Rid, Kings of War. (H/T Bernard Finel) The debate on the pros and cons of Afghanistan is raging inside the Beltway. And it is a bit unsettling. On the one side...

The US Army / USMC Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host Major Josh Wineera during a COIN Center Webcast Wednesday, 23 SEP 09 from 1000 to 1100 CST (1100 - 1200 EST). Major Wineera will explore...

US to Boost Combat Force in Afghanistan - Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times. US officials are planning to add as many as 14,000 combat troops to the American force in Afghanistan by sending home...

A Middle Way On Afghanistan? - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. It's the nature of Afghanistan that nothing there ever works out quite the way outsiders expect, and that certainly was the...

Taliban Surprising US Forces With Improved Tactics - Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. The Taliban has become a much more potent adversary in Afghanistan by improving its own tactics and finding gaps...

The U.S. Army War College just announced the launch of its Information as Power blog: "Information is an element of national power along with diplomatic, military and economic power. The current...

The Stimson Center has published an essay I wrote for it on the future of security force assistance. Theme: In the wake of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, U.S. policymakers will look for new...

See Cartoons by Cartoon by John Cole - Courtesy of Politicalcartoons.com - Email this Cartoon A Catalogue of Errors that Shames the UK - David Cameron, The Times opinion. Twelve days ago, Abdul...

Time to Get Out of Afghanistan - George Will, Washington Post opinion. ... US strategy - protecting the population - is increasingly troop-intensive while Americans are increasingly impatient about...

McChrystal Delivers Afghan Assessment to US, NATO Leaders - Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service. The commander of NATO and US forces in Afghanistan has completed his assessment of the...

How to Lose in Afghanistan - Anthony H. Cordesman, Washington Post opinion. The United States cannot win the war in Afghanistan in the next three months - any form of even limited victory will take...

H/T Ex at Abu Muqawama (see the link for Ex's commentary) - Heritage Foundation: Panel Discussion on the Presidential Election in Afghanistan by C-SPAN. Watch C-SPAN's coverage of a discussion on...

SWJ friend Joe Galloway reports on former Army LT William Calley's apology for the My Lai massacre in his McClatchy commentary regrets for My Lai massacre decades late. Former Lt. Rusty Calley has...

US Sets Metrics to Assess War Success - Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. The White House has assembled a list of about 50 measurements to gauge progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan as it tries to...

Coalition Airmen Offered Unique Irregular Warfare Training at Green Flag Little Rock By Captain Joe Knable 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs If you stumbled upon a man wearing a Muslim headdress, an...

Rough Terrain - Vanessa M. Gezari, Washington Post. Under an experimental program in Afghanistan, teams of anthropologists and social scientists are working alongside soldiers to help win the war by...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1. Are Saudi Arabia and Iran at war in Yemen? 2. The autumn of Afghan discontent.

New UK Army Chief Faces Two Battles: Taliban and Resources - Alistair MacDonald, Wall Street Journal. When Gen. Sir David Richards takes over as head of the British army on Friday he inherits two...

Afghan Civilian Deaths Decline Under New US Tactics - Laura King, Los Angeles Times. Western troops have killed far fewer Afghan civilians since the top US general imposed strict new rules of...

Military Prepares Profiles on Reporters Visiting War Zones - Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post. The US military in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere regularly assesses the content and tone of the work...

Message to Muslim World Gets a Critique - Thom Shanker, New York Times. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has written a searing critique of government efforts at "strategic communication"...

Seven Observations on the Potential Strategic Implications of Population-Centric Counter-Insurgency Doctrine By Bernard Finel Dr. Bernard I. Finel is a Senior Fellow at the American Security Project...

At last week's TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference, I heard BG H.R. McMaster deliver a presentation on the U.S. Army's forthcoming Capstone Concept. Here is a news article from TRADOC and the U.S. Army...

In the comments section of this SWJ post, Phil Rittendorf highlights a very interesting and disconcerting article in the Indian Defence Review containing lessons learned from Sri Lanka's defeat of...

For Intelligence Officers, A Wiki Way to Connect Dots - Steve Vogel, Washington Post. Intellipedia, the intelligence community's version of Wikipedia, hummed in the aftermath of the Iranian...

West Point's Combating Terrorism Center has released the August 2009 issue of the CTC Sentinel. August's issue is available here. This month's issue contains the following articles: - "The...

An article in this morning's New York Times discussed what is shaping up to be a strange ending to Mohamed ElBaradei's career as director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency. According...

Diggers Assassinate Taliban Leader Mullah Karim - Mark Dodd, The Australian. Australian special forces have killed a senior Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Karim, an officially sanctioned...

H/T Ex at Abu Muqawama. The counterinsurgency guidance issued by Gen. Stan McChrystal to his units in the field has been finalized and released -- and it's very good. I would say it incorporates...

The Combat Studies Institute is holding its annual symposium - Tuesday, 25 August through Thursday, 27 August. This year the subject is The U.S. Army and the Media in Wartime: Historical Perspectives...