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Occupying Iraq A History of the Coalition Provisional Authority by James Dobbins, Seth G. Jones, Benjamin Runkle and Siddharth Mohandas, Rand The American engagement in Iraq has been looked at from...

A Slow Road to Self-reliance - Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer opinion. The six young men looked too scrawny to fulfill the high hopes placed on their shoulders. They were members of the Afghan...

Obama's Right on Target in Afghanistan - Max Boot, Los Angeles Times opinion. President Obama and his aides continue to impress with their handling of Afghanistan. Not only have they approved a...

Petraeus's Tougher Fight - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. It's a small irony of history that Gen. David Petraeus, attacked by the left for his role in revitalizing the Bush administration'...

McKiernan, McChrystal, SOF & SF vs. GPF, SOF vs. SF, AF, IW, COIN... - Join the discussion on the Small Wars Council. If the SF are the solution, why is it that one of primary LOO - develop...

PRT Nuristan is just barely in the untamed frontier of Nuristan. Tucked in the southwest corner of the province, the PRT is located at FOB Kala Gush -- at the end of the road from Mehterlam. Beyond...

U.S. Replaces Commander in Afghanistan - Peter Spiegel and Yochi Dreazen, Wall Street Journal. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Monday that he had asked for the resignation of the U.S....

Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan - Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer opinion. It is cold and wet on the vast and desolate grounds of the Kabul Military Training Center, ringed by mountains on the...

The Photo from the "Photo-Op" The Story Comes to an End - Louis Caldera Resigns The White House Report - Internal Review Video of the Flyover Photo-Op

This week's SWJ contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include - Military advisors for Pakistan: too little, too late? - How to speak truth to...

Pakistan Again Squares Off Against Taliban in Swat - Matthew Rosenberg, Rehmat Mehsud and Zahid Hussain, Wall Street Journal. With soldiers again squaring off against Taliban militants in the Swat...

Ex-contractor Given Probation in Slaying of Afghan - Associated Press. A former military contractor has been sentenced to probation for shooting and killing a handcuffed prisoner in Afghanistan. Don...

The Committee for the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (CAMOS), a cooperating organization of the International Studies Association (ISA) has been allocated two panels at the 2010 ISA...

Give the Afghan Army a Governance Role - Bing West, Wall Street Journal opinon. The only way to reach Viper Company of the 26th Regiment, First Infantry Division, is by helicopter. When I fly in,...

Understanding the Long War - Tom Hayden, The Nation. The concept of the "Long War" is attributed to former CENTCOM Commander Gen. John Abizaid, speaking in 2004. Leading counterinsurgency theorist...

Mexico's Narco-Insurgency and U.S. Counterdrug Policy - Hal Brands, US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute. In late 2007, the U.S. and Mexican governments unveiled the Merida Initiative....

The helo flight to Camp Wright in Asadabad took us to the central front of the counterinsurgency battle for RC East. Kunar is the most dangerous province in the East, yet also features some vibrant...

Gian Gentile: Exposing Counterfeit COIN - Kelley B. Vlahos, Antiwar.com. ... Hadn't you heard of Gian Gentile? He shook his head. He's active duty. He's West Point, I pressed on. He's at the...

A Balanced Approach to Irregular Warfare - Admiral Eric T. Olson, The Journal of International Security Affairs. To successfully deter and confront the global insurgency threatening the world and...

The road from Kabul to Jalalabad is as spectacular a drive as you can find. Toyota Corollas and jingle trucks snake along a river that cuts through dramatic mountains, along the edge of spectacular...

FM 3-24.2, Tactics in Counterinsurgency was released on 21 April and is available here at Small Wars Journal. This field manual establishes doctrine (fundamental principles) for tactical...

This week we published Army Field Manual 3-07.1: Security Force Assistance. In it, we seek to capture in doctrine our many years of experience in building partner security forces. Security Force...

'Hybrid War' to Pull U.S. Military in Two Directions, Flournoy Says By John J. Kruzel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 4, 2009 -- The type of hybrid warfare" that defense experts predict...

Nick Dowling is on his way to Eastern Afghanistan - SWJ asked him to share his observations as time and Internet access permits: Kabul is smaller than I thought it would be. It seems like more of a...

Here's a link to a video recording of The New Media Agora Panel at the 2009 Milblog Conference. Left to Right on the video: Bill Roggio of The Long War Journal, Bill Nagle of Small Wars Journal and...

Dissecting war and placing it into various bins' may seduce us into believing that we have somehow discovered a way to make it coherent. However, we'd be wrong. War is war. The threats we face are...

Nick Dowling is on his way to Eastern Afghanistan - SWJ asked him to share his observations as time and Internet access permits: The Al Muntaha restaurant and bar sits majestically atop the legendary...

US Drone Attacks in Pakistan 'Backfiring,' Congress Told - Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times opinion. David Kilcullen is no soft-headed peacenik. He's a beefy, 41-year-old former Australian army...

Moment of Truth in Pakistan - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. President Obama convened a crisis meeting at the White House last Monday to hear a report from Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of...

US General Says Pakistan Could be Just Two Weeks from Collapse - Isambard Wilkinson, Daily Telegraph. There may be just two weeks left to prevent the Taliban from overthrowing Pakistan's government...