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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...

Via the New America Foundation - Starting today, Foreign Policy magazine and the New America Foundation are launching The AfPak Channel, a special project taking readers inside the war for South...

In March President Obama stated the goal of the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan: "to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in...

Report Sees Recipe for Civil War in Iraq - Eli Lake, Washington Times. A report to be published this month by the US government's prestigious National Defense University warns that the Iraqi army...

More Troops, Fewer Caveats. Let's Get Serious - Anthony Cordesman, The Times opinion. In Afghanistan Nato/ISAF faces challenges that go far beyond the normal limits of counter-insurgency and...

Is Somalia the New Afghanistan? - Jon Swain and Michael Gillard, The Times. ... The slick video showing the last moments of a suicide bomber, entitled "Message to those who stay behind", is part of...

Seems like a decent thing to do around this one-horse town... It's been a hard day's night... ... and some twist and shout at Shea - 1965... ... and of course, Saturday night is alright for...

Going Local: The Key to Afghanistan - Seth G. Jones, Wall Street Journal opinion. The rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan is now President Barack Obama's war, one he pledged to win during...

Déjí  Vue All Over Again in Afghanistan? - Frederick W. Kagan and Kimberly Kagan, Weekly Standard opinion. Throughout the debate about the "surge" in Iraq at the end of 2006 and the...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Gates tries to get a grip on McChrystal, 2) Shrinking Arctic sea ice will stretch a shrinking U.S. Navy

Germany's Combat Revival - Elizabeth Pond, Christian Science Monitor opinion. Today's Germans have not yet fully reconciled their post-Hitler conscience with the use of military force for anything...

Our friends at the USA and USMC COIN Center have made locating recent COIN doctrine easy. FM 3-24 is even available in Dari and Arabic for those needing to work with host nation counterparts. Follow...

Censoring the Voice of America - Matt Armstrong, Foreign Policy. Why is it OK to broadcast terrorist propaganda but not taxpayer-funded media reports? Earlier this year, a community radio station...

White House Struggles to Gauge Afghan Success - David E. Sanger, Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker, New York Times. As the American military comes to full strength in the Afghan buildup, the Obama...

US Looks to Vietnam for Afghan Tips - Slobodan Lekic, Associated Press via Mercury News Top US officials have reached out to a leading Vietnam war scholar to discuss the similarities of that...

Via TED - This demo by Pattie Maes of the MIT Media Lab's Fluid Interfaces Group, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry, was the buzz of TED. Sixth Sense is a wearable device with a projector that paves the...

Obama's Battle Against Terrorism To Go Beyond Bombs and Bullets - Spencer S. Hsu and Joby Warrick, Washington Post The US government must fundamentally redefine the struggle against terrorism,...

Official Explains Process After Afghanistan Assessment By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2009 -- If more resources are required after the commander of NATO and U.S...

Mark Safranski has plenty of recommended reading - here - and here - at Zenpundit. (H/T)

The War We Can't Win: Afghanistan & the Limits of American Power - Andrew J. Bacevich, Commonweal ... What is it about Afghanistan, possessing next to nothing that the United States requires,...

Pentagon Weighs Social Networking Benefits, Vulnerabilities By John J. Kruzel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2009 -- A Defense Department review is weighing the benefits of social...

Small Wars Journal / Small Wars Council's Dave Dilegge, Robert Haddick and Dr. Marc Tyrrell will be attending the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Senior Leaders Conference, 18 --...

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Commentary: More troops Needed for Afghan War - Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann, CNN. CNN's Barbara Starr reported last week that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top US commander in Afghanistan,...

Is Foggy Bottom Ready for Irregular Warfare? - Robert Haddick, The American This decade the U.S. military, led by its mid-ranking and junior leaders, has adapted to the demands of irregular warfare...

Think cultural awareness is important? Most of us here do, that's fairly non-controversial. The operative issue is how at hand is how do you get more of what we (almost) all agree is needed?...

Officials Identify Gulf War Pilot's Remains American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2009 -- Remains found last month in Iraq's Anbar province are those of Navy Capt. Michael Scott Speicher...

Bloomberg's Pentagon reporter reports that the Pentagon's comptroller has made an urgent request to Congress to authorize reprogramming current-year funds in order to accelerate the delivery of the...

Vice Admiral John C. Harvey, Jr. took his first plunge into the blogosphere at the USNI blog where he commented: ... With respect to your comment concerning participation in the blogosphere and the...

Okay, it's Friday night, so relax. Apparently, someone has favorable commentary concerning Kimberly Kagan's The Surge: A Military History. That someone is GrEaT sAtAn'S gIrLfRiEnD who opines: "...