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Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Karzai speeds up the end-game 2) How to handle a troublesome China Karzai speeds up the end-game Afghan President Hamid...

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U.S. Marine Corps Commandant's Planning Guidance 2010 General James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, issued his Commandant's Guidance on Wednesday. Of particular interest to the Small...

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Private Contractors in Conflict Zones: The Good, the Bad, and the Strategic Impact by Dr. T.X. Hammes (Col. USMC ret.) has just been posted to the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National...

Your COIN Is No Good Here - Foreign Affairs opinion piece by James Dobbins. Summary: "President Obama's advisers agree that the Taliban is an insurgency and that the United States has a real interest...

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So argues Eric Edelman, a career United States Foreign Service Officer, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in the second Bush term, and now Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Strategic and...

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I'd like to share a site I've been poking around lately (and adding material to its library) with SWJ readership -- as well as encourage our community of interest and practice to help grow this...

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Smoke and Mirrors in Kabul - an op-ed well worth reading and pondering by Andrew Exum at Foreign Policy. With a tip of the hat to Mark Safranski at Zenpundit who also chimes in. Don't believe the...

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News Links Below (Updated) Press Secretary Calls WikiLeaks Release Shameful By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2010 -- WikiLeaks full public release on its website...

L-R: George "Christy" Christopher, Quartermaster; Ensign Charles Parker; Willy Moss, Radioman; Captain Wallace B. Binghamton; Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale; Virgil Edwards, Gunner's Mate.

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Gen. Petraeus Says Progress is Faster than Expected in Afghanistan Operation - Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Joshua Partlow, Washington Post. ... allied forces are in the "final stages" of a large...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Running out of time, Petraeus implements Biden's counterterrorism plan 2) Britain chooses to become an American...

At Commentary - No Time for Defeatism in Afghanistan by Max Boot. ... in areas where we are applying substantial combat power, we are making progress on the ground. This is no time for defeatism....

Britain Bows Out Of The Security Game by Max Boot at The Wall Street Journal. New defense cuts will leave the U.K. unable to support even its current deployment in Afghanistan.

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Past midnight, our wait for a flight at Camp Bastion, Helmand, had an eerie surreal feel. In the passenger lounge, scores of Marines, Brits, contractors and Afghans waited in relative quiet....

The Obama administration has presented to Congress a $60 billion arms sale package for Saudi Arabia's armed forces. The package, the largest ever approved by the U.S. government, will among other...

The video from last week's Conversation and Book Signing with Dave Kilcullen is now posted, on the Marine Corps Association YouTube channel.  Part one of eight below, the other parts are...

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Book Review:  The Terror of Natural Right: Republicanism, the Cult of Nature, and the French Revolution by Dan Edelstein.  Published by University Press of Chicago, Illinois.  2009...

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The U.K. released two national security related documents yesterday and today. The first is A Strong Britain in an Age of Uncertainty: The National Security Strategy and the second is A Strong...

An article in today's Wall Street Journal discussed the deteriorating security situation in Baghlan province, north of Kabul. According to the article, Taliban popularity is increasing because the...