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It's been a while since we linked to a post by Ex over at Abu Muqawama and that's an oversight on our part. That said, his post today, Insurgents, Counterinsurgents, and the Provision of Social...

Yesterday, I participated in an interview on BBC 4's "The World Tonight" program. We discussed the war in Libya. The discussion begins at 17:05 and runs to 22:35. Click here to access. Nothing...

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The Military Interventions We Don't Plan For - Those to Protect Civilians by Sarah Sewall and Anthony Zinni, Washington Post. BLUF: "No intervention is simple. Yet part of the reason political...

How the U.S. military fell in love with 'Three Cups of Tea' by Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. BLUF: "... the scandal's most far-reaching impact could be on the U.S. military, which was quick to embrace...

Mullen launches diatribe against ISI by Baqir Sajjad Syed, Dawn. BLUF: "Though the Haqqani network's presence in the tribal areas and the army's reluctance to go after them has been a sore point in...

No Exit, No Problem by Jason Whiteley "♫Nowhere to run to baby, ♪nowhere to hide. ♫" Those quintessential Vietnam -era lyrics from Martha and the Vandellas in 1965 describe well the passion with...

Let's make something clear, the civil war in Libya will not end in a stalemate. The French will likely intervene with ground forces and topple the Gaddafi regime, and they will probably do it within...

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'Restrepo' Director Is Killed in Libya - C. J. Chivers, New York Times. BLUF: "Tim Hetherington, the conflict photographer who was a director and producer of the film "Restrepo," was killed in the...

A National Strategic Narrative by Mr. Y This Strategic Narrative is intended to frame our National policy decisions regarding investment, security, economic development, the environment, and...

Book Review: The Ayatollah's Democracy: An Iranian Challenge by Hooman Majd. Published by W. W. Norton, New York. 2010, 282 pages. Reviewed by Commander Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN Hooman Majd...

Book Review: The Muslim Brotherhood: The Burden of Tradition by Alison Pargeter. Published by Saqi Books, London. 300 pages, 2010. Reviewed by Commander Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN Alison...

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According to the BBC, British Foreign Secretary William Hague just announced that Britain will send 10 soldiers to Benghazi to assist Libya's rebels with logistics, intelligence, and training. This...

U.S. Still in Denial About 21st Century Threats, Says Former Obama National Security Adviser by Sandra Erwin, National Defense. BLUF: "... defense leaders should avoid becoming consumed by 'tactical...

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Update 6: Questions Over Greg Mortenson's Stories: CBS 60 Minutes, 17 April 2011 Hat tip to Galrahn at Information Dissemination via Twitter. Carolyn Kellogg at the Los Angeles Times (Investigation...

Pentagon Inquiry Into Article Clears McChrystal and Aides by Thom Shanker, New York Times. BLUF: "An inquiry by the Defense Department inspector general into a magazine profile that resulted in the...

The Right to Be Right: Civil-Military Relations and the Iraq Surge Decision International Security, issue 4, volume 35 by Peter D. Feaver, Duke University Abstract. President George W. Bush's Iraq...

Counterinsurgency and Its Discontents: Assessing the Value of a Divisive Concept by David Ucko Abstract. Popularised as a result of the so-called surge in Iraq, the concept of counterinsurgency has...

The U.S. Army COIN Center will be hosting Mr. Haider Mullick, a fellow at the U.S. Joint Special Operations University and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He will present a webcast...

The VOA Is Losing Its Voice by L. Gordon Crovitz, Wall Street Journal. BLUF via Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: "We are in an information war, and we are losing."

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We were just sent the screen capture below and guess it begs two questions. Firstly, did RC (SW) block access to Small Wars Journal or is this some type of temporary glitch? Secondly, if SWJ has...

Why Failed States Shouldn't Be Our Biggest National Security Fear by Stewart Patrick, Washington Post. BLUF: "... preoccupations reflect more hype than analysis. U.S. national security officials...

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In Afghanistan's South, Signs of Progress in Three Districts Signal a Shift - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. BLUF: "For the first time since the war began nearly a decade ago, the Taliban is...

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A Light Footprint: The Pentagon's Unusual African Arm - The Economist. BLUF: On USAFRICOM - "A quarter of Africom's staff is meant to be made up of linguists, historians and other specialists. Yet 99...