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The US Army/USMC Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host SGM Robert Haemmerle at the COIN Center Virtual-Brownbag from 1000 to 1100 CST (1100 - 1200 EST) on Wednesday, 26 August 2009. SGM...

The Incoherence of COIN Advocates: Stephen Biddle Edition - Bernard Finel, ASP Flashpoint. Stephen Biddle is the single best defense analyst working today. His arguments are usually carefully...

I knew this coming into this conference and will count on it going into the next we might be invited to - a lot of the meat -- the "reality show" - of what needs to be done and almost all of the...

As you peruse the posts in this SWC forum on the issues being discussed at the TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference we would appreciate any and all reading recommendations. We will consolidate the list...

Just a quick reminder that the SWJ team, in Gettysburg, is providing live coverage of the TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference in this forum at the Small Wars Council.

The briefing on the TRADOC Campaign Plan, centering around Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN), has created the most discussion to date. Listening to the questions and comments, I was struck by several...

There is a curious quality that overcomes the mind during a visit to sacred space. Today, I rode along on the staff ride at Gettysburg and saw that quality of mind slowly come into being as we moved...

I am attending the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Senior Leaders Conference in Gettysburg, PA. Today I went on a "staff ride" of the Gettysburg battlefield with a group of about...

While Woodstock Rocked, GIs Died - Richard K. Kolb, Veterans of Foreign Wars magazine - an excerpt follows: With the 40th anniversary of the '60s cherished rock concert, the so-called "Sixties...

As Afghanistan Votes, Will the Taliban Win? - New York Times opinions. With Afghanistan's second-ever presidential election coming on Thursday, the Op-Ed editors asked four Afghans to report on the...

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...