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Combat Advisors: Longer Deployments Required by Major Morgan Smiley Several recent articles have cited the growing interest in accelerating the development and expansion of Afghanistan's security...

Iraqi Prime Minister Open to Renegotiating Withdrawal Timeline - Spencer Ackerman, Washington Independent. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki opened the door for the first time Wednesday to the...

Wanat (VIII): An Army Report Finds a Major COIN Failure - Tom Ricks, Best Defense at Foreign Policy. The Army's study of what happened in the Wanat battle a year ago in eastern Afghanistan is even...

Charlie Rose: A conversation with Christopher R. Hill, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq.

NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook - The New Fight in Afghanistan. Guests: Joining us from Kabul, Afghanistan, is Laura King, reporter for The Los Angeles Times. She's recently been in the country's...

The July 2009 issue of the Combating Terrorism Center's CTC Sentinel is now online. Articles include: The Terrorist Threat to Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons - Shaun Gregory The Significance of Qari Zain...

Five weeks after Iran's presidential elections it is now clear that Iran's ruling elite has split into two factions. The question now is whether Iran's security forces will split. Former presidents...

Gates Calls for Increase of 22,000 Soldiers By John J. Kruzel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 20, 2009 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today announced plans to add up to 22,000...

U.S., U.K. Differ on How to Confront Foes - United Press International. A new strategic study has spotlighted different approaches adopted by British and U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan to...

Last week I attended a seminar on China at the Brookings Institution. At the seminar David Finkelstein gave a must-read presentation on China's grand strategy. Finkelstein is a retired U.S. Army...

It's not often when a SWJ friend lands a starring role in a network news series -- so we were quite excited when we learned that Roger Carstens will be co-starring in NBC News' The Wanted....

Center for Complex Operations: 2nd Annual Conference July 28, 2009 National Defense University Washington, D.C. The Center for Complex Operations Second Annual Conference will introduce the CCO's...

'How This Ends': Iraq's Uncertain Path toward National Reconciliation - Michael Eisenstadt and Ahmed Ali, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. During Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki's...

Town Hall Meeting to Announce the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, July 10, 2009. Excerpt follows: ... We don't have the luxury of...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy. Topics include: 1. Why the Taliban are watching the polls in Britain, 2. Adaptation means learning how to learn.

Editors Note -- the original announcement here has been edited to reflect the updated [original] content for the submission deadline and some of the verbiage in the topics. Be sure to look at the...

Gates Sharpens Rhetoric In Dispute on F-22 Funds - Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates made an impassioned case Thursday for terminating the F-22 program after production...

Happy Talk About War Doesn't Fly With Troops on the Ground - David Wood, Politics Daily. ... If we learned anything from conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, it is that war is uncontrollable. That it...

Iran Simmers, America Moves On - Wall Street Journal editorial. That didn't take long. President Obama last week gave Mahmoud Ahmadinejad an autumn deadline to negotiate over Iran's nuclear program...

Kicking The CIA (Again) - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. As other countries watch the United States lacerate its intelligence service - for activities already investigated or never...

The Surge: A Military History By Kimberly Kagan Book Description: Understanding the role of combat in the Iraq war is essential for both the American people and the U.S. military. Recognizing the...

What to Read on Fighting Insurgencies - Eliot A. Cohen, Foreign Affairs. Interest in counterinsurgency comes and goes. During the 1950s and 1960s, soldiers, politicians, and scholars wrote...

Is It Worth It? - The Difficult Case for War in Afghanistan - Stephen Biddle, The American Interest. The war in Afghanistan has been nearly invisible to the American public since its initial combat...

Pentagon Deploys New Troops to Iraq, With a Twist - Gordon Lubold, Christian Science Monitor. The Pentagon announced new troop deployments Tuesday that begin to formalize the role of soldiers in...

After suffering another humiliating defeat in local elections in Tokyo, Prime Minister Taro Aso has called for a general election for Japan's lower house of parliament to be held on August 30. Aso's...

Last Saturday, Mexico's federal police and army paid the price for arresting Arnold Rueda Medina, a lieutenant in Mexico's La Familia drug cartel. The urgent question is whether Mexico's institutions...

Jules Crittenden of Forward Movement e-mails: OK, I'm confused. I thought that was what they were supposed to be doing. I'm pretty sure that's what Bill Clinton had in mind when he was lobbing...

Striking a Balance - Frank G. Hoffman, Armed Forces Journal. We are in another post-Iraq war debate about how to best posture our military investments for the future. The 2010 Quadrennial Defense...

Continue on for recent news and commentary concerning British operations in Afghanistan to include Helmand force levels, equipment issues and public support...

Carrots and sticks: When is poppy eradication justified? By Allison Brown The common Counter Narcotics term is "carrot and stick" -- incentives to diversify out of illicit drugs linked to a real...