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According to the New York Times, the Japanese government will soon release new defense policy guidelines that will redirect its military's primary attention away from the Russian threat from the...

Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke - April 24, 1941 -- December 13, 2010 Richard C. Holbrooke, 1941-2010 - Foreign Policy Veteran U.S. Diplomat Richard Holbrooke Dies - Voice of America Veteran U.S....

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the United States government's special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, died tonight after a brief, acute illness. He was 69 years old. Ambassador Holbrooke...

Lots of e-mails today, here are several that caught my attention and/or interest - continue on for Monday's odds and ends...

To those directly involved in small wars during the last decade, Ultimately, this may be the most important project that I've pursued while commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. This...

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion links. 15 Top Stories Quick-look: As U.S. Assesses Afghan War, Karzai a Question Mark - Washington Post 6 Americans Killed by Bomb at a New U.S.-Afghan...

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion links. 15 Top Stories Quick-look: Nawa Proving Ground for U.S. Strategy in Afghan War - Washington Post Violence Flares Anew in Southern Afghanistan - New...

Our site has been unstable for the last couple of weeks, and the sunspots have been particularly active for the last few days. My apologies to all of you who are having your small wars experience...

American Pie: History of Rock & Roll, at least until the late '60s; Don McLean, released in '71: On the Dark Side with Eddie & the Cruisers (John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band):...

Bleak Afghan and Pakistan intelligence reviews by Kimberly Dozier and Anne Gearan of the Associated Press. AP's strict copyright rules dictate that I can't even provide a short excerpt here. So...

The collision of small wars and cyber wars is not a wikileaked Internet by Sam Liles at his blog Selil. BLUF: "It is not supported through research or evaluation that the events of Wikileaks and...

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By standing up for Kim Jong Il, Beijing only finds itself more isolated than ever. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) With North Korea, China aims at its...

Arlington Wreaths Event Continues Holiday Tradition By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2010 -- For nearly 20 years, a group of dedicated...

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Writing in the December 4th Wall Street Journal, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz laments how WikiLeaks will cause top decision-makers to refrain from taking contemporaneous notes, with...

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Here are various recent news items. Full SWJ WikiLeaks coverage can be found here. Fraction of 1 Percent of WikiLeaks Cables Released - CNN News Analysts: WikiLeaks Following New Strategy in...

Lawrence Sellin presents a critque on modern military culture in his latest Human Events essay, Afghanistan and the Culture of Military Leadership. BLUF: "It has always seemed odd to me that the US...

A Tribute to Captain Travis Patriquin: America's "Lawrence of Arabia" in Ramadi by Chad M. Pillai December 6, 2010 marked the 4th anniversary of the loss of America's "Lawrence of Arabia" in Ramadi...

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Informed Dissent: One Blogger's Critique of the Afghan War - New York Times book review by C.J. Chivers. Review of Joshua Foust's Afghanistan Journal: Selections From Registan.net. BLUF: "Mr. Foust...

Via e-mail: The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released today a new report on U.S. Afghanistan strategy authored by CNAS Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow Lieutenant General David W. Barno...

Ann Marlowe, not known for optimistic reporting and commentary on our efforts in Afghanistan, takes a different tone in her Weekly Standard piece entitled Good News, for a Change. BLUF: "... Zabul...

Kim Kwan-jin, South Korea's new defense minister (and a former four-star general), now says that South Korea will respond to future North Korean military attacks with airstrikes on North Korean...

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In addition to the SWJ article "The Military's Cultural Disregard for Personal Information" by LTC Gregory Conti, MAJ Dominic Larkin, LTC David Raymond, and COL Edward Sobiesk see "Service Members...

On December 1st, Michael Leiter, the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), delivered remarks and answered questions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (...

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