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My latest, Men at War: Come Home with Your Shield, or On It.

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Defense Spending in Washington Spotlight by Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle. BLUF: “Two Californians will be central to the outcome (US defense budget future). One is House Minority...

The pictures of starving Somalis are back. Not since the horrific famine and infamous Black Hawk down incident of the early 1990s has a Horn of Africa country dominated so much attention.

Direct Observations of a Contractor in Iraq.

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Colorful Maps: The Military's Costly Weapon in the War in Afghanistan by Joshua Foust, The Atlantic. BLUF: “USAID has more fundamental problems than a lack of geospatial analysis that is...

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Half of NATO’s Trainers Could Stay in Afghanistan Past 2014 by William Marsden, National Post. BLUF: “NATO trainers will continue to mentor and train Afghan army and police for years...

My column this week at Foreign Policy explains how the U.S. debt crisis will change strategic assumptions and security strategies not only in Washington but across the world. I also explain why...

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US Joint Forces Command, established in 1999 to champion getting all branches of the military to work together more closely, cased its colors today at a ceremony in Suffolk, VA.

A brief orientation to what has changed, and what else is to come.

With the soon (0000 - 0400 or so) SWJ transition to our new platform there will be no news roundup for 4 August. As soon as the dust settles the roundup will be back in business - hopefully on...

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We are moving to a new platform in the next 24-48 hours (fingers crossed). We are closing the site for comments for a short while to prevent data loss. Please bite your tongue for a bit, sit on your...

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The history of Iraq and the United States has been linked for better or worse with America's removal of Saddam Hussein, and the placement of the country towards some form of multi-faction...

Getting bin Laden: What Happened that Night in Abbottabad by Nicholas Schmidle, The New Yorker. BLUF: "... Obama and his advisers went into a second room, down the hall, where others involved in...

General Ray Odierno, U.S. Army, will disestablish U. S. Joint Forces Command on Thursday, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m. at the Joint and Coalition Warfighting Center in Suffolk, Va. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman...

Iraq since 2003: Perspectives on a Divided Society by Safa al-Sheikh and Emma Sky, The International Institute for Strategic Studies. BLUF. The US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 had a traumatic effect...

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How We Became a Nation of Warriors: Over the Last Century, Militarism Has Warped our Foreign Policy -- And Our Soul. Can the Budget Crisis Save Them? By Stephen Glain at Salon - a condensed excerpt...

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Author Writes of US Military's Strategic Manhunts - Associated Press. BLUF: "Benjamin Runkle, an ex-paratrooper and presidential speechwriter now on the staff of the House Armed Services Committee,...

An Insurgency and Its Lessons - Wall Street Journal Book Review by Dr. Mark Moyar. BLUF: "A few years ago, the U.S. counterinsurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan began drawing historians and military...