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Mullen Releases Concept for Future Joint Operations By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has signed off on the Capstone Concept for Joint Operations...

Interview: Colonel Peter Mansoor On Petraeus And Obama - Marc Ambinder at The Atantic Yesterday, President Barack Obama held the first meeting of his military cabinet. Expectations are huge; among...

Military Brass Joins Wired Troops: Admirals and generals hope to connect with soldiers via their own Facebook pages and blogs. But will they tweet? Christian Science Monitor article by Gordon Lubold...

Intelligence Agencies' Databases Set to Be Linked - Siobhan Gorman, Wall Street Journal US spy agencies' sensitive data should soon be linked by Google-like search systems, nearly five years after...

Here are the latest SITREPs from the US Army / Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center 30 November 2008 Wanted to provide you some insights from trips to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the UK we have had in...

President Barack Obama took the oath of office as the 44th president of the United States and delivered an inaugural address focusing on the themes of sacrifice and renewal on 20 January 2009....

20 January 2009 To: President Barack Obama From: Andrew Lubin Ref: Afghanistan Dear Mr. President: I'm one of the many hundreds of millions today who watched you take the Oath of Office to become the...

A Fresh Take on Afghanistan - Malou Innocent, Wall Street Journal opinion When he takes office today, Barack Obama will inherit a situation in Afghanistan that is growing increasingly complex. Mr....

At Defense News by William Matthews - Can Obama Get Results From 'Soft Power'? When candidate Barack Obama said he would pursue "tough, direct diplomacy without preconditions" with Iran, his rivals...

Christian Brose at FP's Shadow Goverment on the unintended consequences of COIN.

Herschel Smith has at it at The Captain's Journal...

A Farewell Warning On Iraq - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion President Bush teased his ambassador in Baghdad by giving him the nickname "Sunshine," because of his sometimes-gloomy...

John Nagl, Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, provides (via e-mail) the lead-in and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, at The Washington Post, provides the food for thought. First John:...

Israeli Cabinet Approves Unilateral Gaza Truce - Voice of America Israel's security cabinet has voted for a unilateral cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. Following the vote Saturday, Israeli Prime...

In Focal Point: Art Therapy for Jihadists - Foreign Policy marks the beginning of a new collaboration between Passport and the award-winning PBS show Wide Angle. In the coming weeks, we will be...

... or what Taliban apologists ignore or otherwise explain away. 'They Want Us to Be Stupid Things' - New York Times editorial The war in Afghanistan has been so disastrously mismanaged that some...

Over at FP's The Best Defense Tom Ricks asks why is Larry Di Rita still defending Rumsfeld? This question was sparked by former Pentagon spokesman Larry Di Rita's recent National Review piece...

Our second contribution to Foreign Policy by Robert Haddick is now posted. Good stuff - by you - keep it coming...

Gian Gentile versus Abu Muqawama, Round 582 - yep. I assume most of you have seen Gian Gentile's latest piece, in Foreign Policy. He takes a series of statements regarding defense policy and then...

Defense Policy Nominee Pledges Work on Iraq, Afghanistan, National Security - Sara Moore, American Forces Press Service During her Senate confirmation hearing yesterday, President-elect Barack Obama...

We'll cut to the quick - here is the new US Government's Counterinsurgency Guide. More later, been on the road, as has Bill... Update: Comment, via e-mail, on the new USG COIN Guide by Colonel John...

US Strikes More Precise on al Qaeda - Sara Carter, Washington Times US strikes against terrorist suspects in Pakistan's tribal region have become more accurate in the past few months, leading to the...

Mexico's Instability Is a Real Problem - Joel Kurtzman, Wall Street Journal opinion Mexico is now in the midst of a vicious drug war. Police officers are being bribed and, especially near the United...

US Air Force Major General Charlie Dunlap says forget the lessons of Iraq in the latest edition of The Armed Forces Journal. Among defense intelligentsia, there are few mantras more chic than that...

Reaffirming the Right of Israel to Exist in the Face of Hamas Attacks in Gaza or the only thing Hamas likes better than dead Israelis is dead Palestinians. By Mortimer Zuckerman at U.S. News and...

The Best Defense-Related Books of 2008 by Paul McLeary, Aviation Week When developing a list of the best defense-related books published in 2008, I sent e-mail messages to people I respect to ask...

Phil Carter, who sadly no longer maintains Intel Dump, called this back in October of 2004 in his Slate op-ed To Fight Another Day - subtitled the real reason Guantanamo detainees have returned to...

The Defense Stimulus by Tom Donnelly at The Weekly Standard. The politics of the current economic crisis are fluid -- the Bush administration's original diktats for bailing out the troubled...

Remarks by Secretary Rice at signing ceremony for U.S. Government Counterinsurgency Guide US State Department Press Release / Transcript Secretary Condoleezza Rice Treaty Room Washington, DC January...

Excellent piece by Colonel H. R. McMaster in the current World Affairs - The Human Element: When Gadgetry Becomes Strategy. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the political debates concerning the...