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Petraeus Explains Afghanistan Strategy By John D. Banusiewicz American Forces Press Service KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2010 -- Progress in Afghanistan has been faster than expected in some respects...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Hoping for the best, planning for the worst in Iraq 2) How to fight an insurgency-cartel Hoping for the best, planning...

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Interesting documentary here, examining the delicate nature and hazards of tribal negotiations in Afghanistan.

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Col. Jim Crider, SWJ friend and current 3ID G3 Operations Officer in Iraq, shares his reflections on Operation Iraqi Freedom with The Louisville Courier-Journal in an article entitled Right Time for...

Growth of The Iraqi Security Forces DoD Live By Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero Along with most of you, I have been watching the ongoing political developments in Iraq closely, but what I've been...

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Washington Post video: Obama declares that combat In Iraq is over. Remarks of President Barack Obama Oval Office Address on Iraq Washington, D.C. August 31, 2010 (As released by the White House) (...

While this specific letter is personal to me, it reflects many letters written and tears torn by countless leaders tonight. While SWJ will publish various essays on the bigger picture of Iraq...

Last Saturday evening, the Washington Post published an article on the U.S. Defense Department's still-evolving plans for how it intends to defend its computer networks from cyber attacks. Recalling...

Via Voice of America: "President Barack Obama will address the American people on Tuesday about the new advisory and training role for the U.S. military in Iraq. Mr. Obama's speech from the Oval...

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David Galula: His Life and Intellectual Context - Ann Marlowe, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. This monograph is based on interviews with David Galula's surviving family and...

"As U.S. troops leave Iraq, an officer honors the memory of a young interpreter" by Blake Hall in today's Washington Post. Blake Hall, a retired Army captain, led a reconnaissance platoon in Iraq...

Professionalization of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) is the key to setting the conditions for transition of security responsibility to the Afghans. Professionalism can only be created...

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Here's the sixth edition of Small Wars Journal's Saturday Night Quote (SWJ SNQ). Kudos, once again, to Schmedlap. In the commentary section of SWJ Blog entry "President Obama: Look for a New...

An Architect of U.S. Strategy Waits to Pop Cork by Charles Levinson at The Wall Street Journal.

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To prevent attacks, will the Pentagon have to cut itself off from the online world? Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The Pentagon's cyberdefenders get a...

Doing What Matters With Less - Major Peter J. Munson, Marine Corps Gazette. "America is not at war. Marines are at war while America is at the mall." This is the solemn refrain of Marines who have...

Kilcullen on Rising Australian Casualty Rate - Australian Broadcasting Corporation interview with Dr. David Kilcullen by Tony Jones. Counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen says many factors,...

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The Perilous Slog of Asymmetric Warfare: A Better Way Forward in Afghanistan - Nick M. Masellis, Naval Postgraduate School's Strategic Insights. The situation on the ground in Afghanistan remains...

Marine Corps Commandant General James Conway made some headlines at his August 24th press conference with his remarks on the July 2011 Afghanistan withdrawal plan and his views on the "don't ask, don...

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