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McChrystal's Frank Talk on Afghanistan - 60 Minutes, 27 September 2009. Watch CBS Videos Online President Obama is rethinking his entire strategy in Afghanistan after the new commander there...

There Are Only Two Choices Left on Iran - Eliot A. Cohen, Wall Street Journal opinion. Unless you are a connoisseur of small pictures of bearded, brooding fanatical clerics there is not much reason...

Gates: Setting Afghan Withdrawal Date Would Be 'Strategic Mistake' - Jon Hilsenrath and Yochi J. Dreazen, Wall Street Journal. Defense Secretary Robert Gates pushed back against calls by Congress...

A recommendation by COL Dave Maxwell: The Taliban in Their Own Words - Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau, Newsweek. During wars and after them, the real voice of the enemy is rarely heard. Propaganda is...

Let's Beat the Extremists Like We Beat the Soviets - Andrew J. Bacevich, Washington Post opinion. America's long war, which began on Oct. 7, 2001, when US bombs and missiles started falling on...

Go All-In, Or Fold - Rajiv Chandrasekaren, Washington Post opinion. ... Waging a successful counterinsurgency campaign with current force levels could prove impossible. The 10,000 Marines deployed...

"A Few Random Thoughts on COIN Theory and the Future" (or A Partial Response to the Small Wars Journal Weekend Homework Assignment!!!) By Colonel David Maxwell The re-emergence of counterinsurgency (...

Remember readers, your homework assignment is to download the current draft of the U.S. Army's Capstone Concept, read it, and provide comments. BG H.R. McMaster and his staff at TRADOC will read...

Two items recommended via e-mail by SWJ readers this morning: Troops In Afghanistan Keep Nightmare At Bay - Scott Simon, National Public Radio (text and audio). It was the crime of al-Qaida...

The Iran Attack Plan - Anthony Cordesman, Wall Street Journal. Iran's acknowledgment that it is developing a second uranium-enrichment facility does little to dispel the view that the regime is...

Afghanistan Troop Request Delivered - Al Pessin, Voice of America. The top US military officer has received the eagerly awaited detailed troop request from the top US and NATO commander in...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) McChrystal report unwittingly slays counterinsurgency doctrine, 2) The Obama team doesn't understand irregular warfare....

Commit to Afghanistan or Get Out - Kori Schake, Wall Street Journal opinion. In his inaugural address in 1961, John F. Kennedy said the United States would "pay any price, bear any burden, meet any...

The Afghan Imperative - David Brooks, New York Times opinion. Always there is the illusion of the easy path. Always there is the illusion, which gripped Donald Rumsfeld and now grips many Democrats...

UK Strategy and Defence Policy, Where Should it Go? Have Your Say - David Betz, Kings of War. As many of you will know the UK MoD is at work now on the preparation of a Green Paper leading up to a...

Legitimacy and the Afghan Army - Steve Coll, Foreign Policy (AFPAK Channel) ... American strategy until now has been rooted mainly in counterinsurgency doctrine. That doctrine is premised on...

Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, IV; Commanding General of the Combined Arms Center at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; on Security Force Assistance: A Change in Mindset. Frontier 6 delivered this...

Cross-posted from the Center for Defense Studies, Lest We Forget by Tom Donnelly. One of the reasons that Gen. Stanley McChrystal can argue that victory in Afghanistan is achievable is that he counts...

Britain's Afghan Wisdom - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. When it comes to Afghanistan, the British have a special perspective: Every mistake the United States has made recently, they made...

Brigadier General H.R. McMaster has sent to Small Wars Journal the latest draft of Army Capstone Concept version 2.7. McMaster leads a team at TRADOC that is charged with revising the Capstone...

A Comprehensive Strategy for Afghanistan: Afghanistan Force Requirements - Frederick Kagan, American Enterprise Institute, and Kimberly Kagan, Institute for the Study of War. President Obama...

Obama's Befuddling Afghan Policy - Leslie H. Gelb, Wall Street Journal opinion. I'm lost on President Barack Obama's Afghanistan policy - along with most of Congress and the US military. Not quite...

Maladies of Interpreters - Joshua Foust, New York Times opinion. In counterinsurgency, the most important thing is winning over the local population. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander in charge...

A Pragmatist, Gates Reshapes Policy He Backed - Peter Baker and Thom Shanker, New York Times. On his tenth day on the job, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates signed off on an ambitious if politically...

Here's a sampling of some early reaction - and in no particular order - to General Stanley A. McChrystal's COMISAF's Initial Assessment - released last night and posted by The Washington Post. The...

Via The Washington Post: The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that...

Obama's Sunday TV Blitz - Washington Post 44 Blog. President Obama said Sunday he will remain skeptical about the need for more US troops in Afghanistan until he is satisfied that the military has...

The Picture Awaits: The Birth of Modern Counterinsurgency - Anne Marlowe, World Affairs. At the time of the US invasion of Iraq in March 2003, counterinsurgency theory was about as popular in...

'Civilian Surge' Plan For Afghanistan Hits A Snag - Jackie Northam, National Public Radio. Speculation abounds over whether President Obama will authorize a troop increase in Afghanistan. Meanwhile...

CIA Expanding Presence in Afghanistan - Greg Miller, Los Angeles Times. The CIA is deploying teams of spies, analysts and paramilitary operatives to Afghanistan, part of a broad intelligence "surge...