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Department of Defense Directive 5100.01: Functions of the Department of Defense and Its Major Components has been reissued. This is the first major update to this Directive since 1987. DoDD 5100.01...

Netwar meets Oprah: The Wikileaks Files, Volume whatever by Dr. David Betz at Kings of War. A a member of an e-mail discussion group I belong to puts it: "This has a little of everything from...

Christmas Boxes in Camp, 1861 Harper's Weekly, January 4th, 1862 Merry Christmas from Small Wars Journal

15 Top Stories: U.S. Approved Business With Blacklisted Nations - New York Times U.S. Defends Permits For Deals In Sanctioned Nations - Reuters Hazaras Gain Clout in Disputed Afghan Elections -...

Here's the latest U.S. Army Counterinsurgency Center SITREP. From the Director's Comments: "This SITREP highlights current initiatives in the Counterinsurgency and Irregular Warfare Communities of...

Tossing the Afghan COIN by Michael A. Cohen at The Nation. BLUF: "...what should really be taken away from the US military's experience over the past ten years is not that the United States...

15 Top Stories: U.N. Envoy Says Taliban Realize They Can't Win - Associated Press Taliban Insurgents Prepare to Attempt `Spectacular' Attacks - Bloomberg U.S. Medicines for Afghan Soldiers Disappear...

A recent conference at the American Enterprise Institute reached an interesting conclusion concerning United States security strategy in the Indian Ocean-East Asian-Pacific Ocean ("Indo-Pacific")...

15 Top Stories: Afghan Government Disbands Dozens of Private Security Firms - VOA Covering Marines at War, Through Facebook - New York Times NATO Denies U.S. Plans Ground Raids into Pakistan - Los...

Crispin Burke, Wings over Iraq, has a three part series posted at the Swiss blog Offiziere.ch entitled "America's All-Volunteer Force: The Right Choice, Despite Stress of Two Wars". Part One can be...

In the holiday spirit, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wrote that the Commandant of the Marine Corps "is one step short of being a bigot."* Cohen, who strongly supports homosexuals in the...

The latest issue of Joint Force Quarterly has just been posted to the National Defense University Press web page. Continue on for the executive summary with individual article links.

15 Top Stories: Life and Death Decisions Weigh on Junior Officers - New York Times Gauging the Price Tag for Afghanistan's Security - Washington Post Waste In U.S. Afghan Aid Seen At Billions Of...

Lessons Learned from U.S. Government Law Enforcement in International Operations by Dilshika Jayamaha, Scott Brady, Ben Fitzgerald, and Jason Fritz. From the summary of this U.S. Army Peacekeeping...

Today, South Korean marines proceeded with an artillery training exercise on Yeonpyeong Island. Instead of delivering "brutal consequences beyond imagination" if the exercise went ahead, the North...

15 Top Stories: Militants Kill Afghan Soldiers in 2 Attacks - New York Times Taliban Show Reach, Kill 13 Afghan Troops - Associated Press Allawi Comments Boost Iraq Government Prospects - Washington...

15 Top Stories: Person of the Year: SSGT Salvatore Giunta - New York Times Twin Attacks Target Afghan Security Forces - Los Angeles Times In Arghandab, Standing Guard While Government Takes Root -...

SWJ friend and Advisory Board member Dr. David Ucko has a new post up at Kings of War entitled Peacebuilding and Counterinsurgency: Two Sides of the Same Coin? BLUF: "...the recollection of the '...

15 Top Stories: Pakistani Role Is Suspected in Revealing U.S. Spy's Name - New York Times Top U.S. Spy in Pakistan is Removed after Threats - Washington Post CIA Recalls Pakistan Station Chief After...

East Asia on the brink of small war. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) A different kind of small war in Korea? 2) Two intelligence reports mean more Afghan...

10 Top Stories: Afghanistan and Pakistan Review Roundup - Small Wars Journal Japan Announces Defense Policy to Counter China - New York Times Japan Defence Review Warns of China's Military Might -...

Via the Washington Post and Council on Foreign Relations, here is a copy of the White House Overview of the Afghanistan and Pakistan Annual Review. From the opening: "Specific components of our...

Briefing by Director of Policy Planning Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter and USAID Deputy Administrator Donald K. Steinberg on Release of the First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR)....

I was sitting in my "local" the other day after work. It is a pub called the "Lower Lode." It sits just across the Severn River from the Battlefield of Tewkesbury. I was thinking about the past. The...

Missed an important op-ed this morning by Pete Mansoor and Max Boot - Winning in Afghanistan in the Los Angeles Times. BLUF: "The buildup of U.S. forces, completed only this fall, is already having a...

15 Top Stories: Obama, on Eve Of Review, Cites Afghan War Progress - Reuters Afghan Report Sees July Troop Pullouts Despite Perils - New York Times Afghan Report to Fault Pakistan Safe Havens -...

Face of Defense: Grandson Continues 'Band of Brothers' Tradition By Army Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division FORT BRAGG, N.C., Dec. 14, 2010 -- Even at 80 years...

15 Top Stories: War Review Cites Strides, Less Confident of Governance - Washington Post Intelligence Reports Offer Dim Views of Afghan War - New York Times Classified Reports Counter Optimism on...