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Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' Q&A with soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division's 4th Advise and Assist Brigade working in U.S. Division North. Continue on for related articles.

It may be the top personnel priority of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs -- but is the AfPak Hands program flopping? By Tom Ricks at his Foreign Policy blog Best Defense. BLUF: "Most striking was an...

The US Army COIN Center is pleased to host Dr. Mark Moyar who will conduct two webcasts on key COIN topics: "Leadership in COIN" and "Development in Afghanistan's Counterinsurgency: A New Guide."...

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Deputy Defense Secretary Releases Shutdown Guidance By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, April 7, 2011 -- The Defense Department is hopeful that a government shutdown will be...

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An article in today's Wall Street Journal discussed the return of al Qaeda to the mountain valleys of eastern Afghanistan. In doing so, the piece questioned the goals, assumptions, and logic...

U.S. Progress in Afghanistan Easier for Soldiers than Civilians to See by Stephen Biddle and Michael O'Hanlon, Baltimore Sun. BLUF: "... there has been real progress. But much of it has been...

Is Obama Ready For Pentagon Leadership Turnover? By Phil Stewart and Caren Bohan. Reuters news analysis article on Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral...

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik (Ret.), a senior fellow at the Institute for the Study of War, argues that "the Obama administration should prepare for the inevitable in Libya. To win this fight...

Lost in Libya: The U.K. Does Not Understand Strategy by Dr. Patrick Porter, Infinity Journal (free registration required). BLUF: "The limited war of 2011 would refuse to be quarantined. After all...

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The US Army COIN Center is pleased to host Dr. Sarah Sewall for an online web cast on 15 April 2011 at 10:00 CDT (1100 EST, 15:00 ZULU). The subject of the web cast is civilian casualties and their...

Via TED: Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill...

Is America Addicted to War? By Stephen Walt, Foreign Policy. BLUF: "The top 5 reasons why we keep getting into foolish fights... Because We Can... The U.S. Has No Serious Enemies... The All-Volunteer...

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Negotiating Peace in Afghanistan? Sorry, But We Can't All Just Get Along. Guest post at Registan by Tim Mathews. BLUF: "Too much emphasis has been placed on the use of negotiation as a solution at...

Former Petraeus Adviser Kilcullen: U.S. Should be 'Air Referee,' Avoid Arming Rebels, in Libya by Rick Klein, ABC News. BLUF: "Kilcullen, an author and former adviser to Gen. David Petraeus, said...

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Jim Garamone reports that DOD to Drop Social Security Numbers from ID Cards "Beginning June 1, Social Security numbers on military identification cards will begin to disappear, said Air Force Maj....

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From SWJ's good super-hero friend Doctrine Man:

Message to the Next SecDef by Colonel Joseph J. Collins, USA Ret., Armed Forces Journal. BLUF: "To get us through this budget crisis, we don't need a new strategy; we need prudence, visionary...

How to Deal with Libyan Ambiguity: Define the Problem, Not the End State by Captain (Major-select) Crispin Burke at Best Defense. BLUF: "So, for the moment, let's stop babbling about mission...

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U.N. Staff Killed During Afghan Protest - Voice of America At least 12 people, including eight foreign employees of the United Nations, have been killed in northern Afghanistan, after a protest...

The ragtag anti-Qaddafi forces need basic combat skills a lot more than bigger guns. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Libya's rebels need boot camp, not...

Robert Haddick, SWJ's Managing Editor and This Week at War author, was a guest this morning on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show. You can listen to "The Web of Weapons" here. Robert provided a look at...

The purpose of this post is two-fold, firstly an announcement of the 2nd Irregular Warfare Summit sponsored by The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement on 23-25 May 2011 at the Key Bridge...

Registration and additional administrative information.