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Preparing for Sudden Change in North Korea by Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey, and Joel S. Wit, Council on Foreign Relations Overview: North Korea possesses nuclear weapons and missiles to...

Sons of Iraq Transfer on Pace for April Completion By Adam Weinstein, MNC-I Public Affairs Jan. 28, 2009 The Government of Iraq and Coalition Forces are on pace to transfer all Sons of Iraq security...

Dan Twining over at FP's Shadow Government warns the new administration about moving the goalposts in Afghanistan while Charlie at Abu Muqawama takes on the Commandant of the Marine Corps on his...

A must read - now available for pre-order: The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by Dr. David Kilcullen. From the product description - David Kilcullen is one of...

Defense Department Establishes Civilian Expeditionary Workforce By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service The Defense Department is forming a civilian expeditionary workforce that will be...

Interesting thoughts from Spencer Ackerman about the limits of social networking, commenting on Jonathan Stray's social network of the counterinsurgent policy crowd. Both pieces are worth a look....

In testimony today to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary Robert Gates discussed current operations (Afghanistan and Pakistan - Iraq after SOFA - North Korea, Iran and...

Let's Have Flexible Armed Forces - Mackubin Thomas Owens, Wall Street Journal opinion During the 1990s, the U.S. defense debate was dominated by those who argued that advances in technology,...

How Not to Lose Afghanistan - New York Times Barack Obama has said that his priority in the war on terrorism is Afghanistan, and is poised to increase troop levels there, perhaps by as many as 30,...

... let's not reset back to institutional folly like this: Stifled Innovation? Developing Tomorrow's Leaders Today by Dr. Leonard Wong, US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, April 2002....

Over at the US Naval Institute Blog - Vice Admiral John C. Harvey, Jr. had the following to say in the commentary: ... We just need to remain steady in our approach and steadfast in our resolve and...

Military to Focus on Shorter-term Goals in Afghanistan, Gates Says By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service As part of the Obama administration's assessment of the strategy being employed in...

SWJ's 3rd weekly contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include President Obama and the coexistence doctrine; withdrawing from Iraq, too slow or...

Fit (and Ready) to Fight Revisited Controlled-Aggression Techniques for Total Force Readiness by First Lieutenant Nick Stewart Fit (and Ready) to Fight Revisited (Full PDF Article) Three years ago,...

Tell Me Why We're There? Enduring Interests in Afghanistan (and Pakistan) - Nathaniel C. Fick, David Kilcullen, John A. Nagl and Vikram J. Singh, Center for a New American Security Policy Brief In...

John Nagl on The Expeditionary Imperative at The Wilson Quarterly America's national security structure is designed to confront the challenges of the last century rather than our ­own... We can and...

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...