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As a follow-up to my last column at Foreign Policy that discussed Mexico's narco-insurgency, I'll note Ceci Connolly's story in yesterday's Washington Post. That article discussed the double life of...

COMISAF's Counterinsurgency (COIN) Contracting Guidance via Commander, International Decurity and Assistance Force - Afghanistan. Continue on for General Petraeus' COIN Contracting Guidance...

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Here's the eighth edition of Small Wars Journal's Saturday Night Quote (SWJ SNQ). Kudos to Jason Thomas. In the commentary section of SWJ Blog entry ""Understanding Sri Lanka's Defeat of the Tamil...

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What Hillary Clinton's remarks on the drug war mean for U.S. strategy Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The insurgency next door 2) What Sri Lanka really...

There's a first-hand account by Marine Captain Alexander Martin on the 'Net providing in the weeds details on 15th MEU's takedown and rescue aboard the German-owned cargo ship Magellan Star off the...

General Martin Dempsey, Commanding General of the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command, has been evolving a framework for Army Adaptation centered on an emerging conceptual foundation. A...

Politics Daily's Chief Military Correspondent (and SWJ friend) David Wood has a very interesting piece that contains a lot of food for thought concerning "the rise of a new warrior class, the...

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The US Army/USMC Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host Dr. Christopher Paul, Ph. D. He is a Full Social Scientist working out of RAND's Pittsburgh office and has developed methodological...

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Early today, the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Maritime Raid Force, operating off USS Dubuque, retook the German--owned vessel M/V Magellan Star from Somali pirates who had attacked and boarded...

South Asia's Geography of Conflict by Robert D. Kaplan. Via the CNAS web site: In South Asia's Geography of Conflict, CNAS Senior Fellow and acclaimed author Robert D. Kaplan provides a detailed...

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Clinton Compares Mexico's Drug War to an Insurgency - Paul Richter and Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times Mexico Looking Like Colombia, Clinton Says - William Both, Washington Post Clinton Sees...

David Ignatius on Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in today's Washington Post - "Gates: The Pentagon's Accountability Cop". Lieutenant General William Caldwell in today's Wall Street Journal - "Dr....

Rowan Scarborough of The Washington Times reports on a possible budget cut for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO).

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The Summer 2010 issue of Parameters is now posted at the U.S. Army War College web site. Here is the lineup: War—Continuity in Change, and Change in Continuity by Colin S. Gray An Appraisal of...

An editorial in yesterday's Washington Post on the legality of targeted killings of terror suspects is an interesting pairing with my August 20 prediction in Foreign Policy that covert action,...

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USJFCOM to be Axed... Went to work, got a bit of bad news Went to work, got a bit of bad news Ol' Bobby G said here's your fate, gonna shut you down, gonna lock the gate Now we all have the Jiffy Com...

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Improving in War: Military Adaptation and the British in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 2006-2009 - Theo Farrella, Department of War Studies, King's College London, Journal of Strategic Studies. War...

Here's the seventh edition of Small Wars Journal's Saturday Night Quote (SWJ SNQ). Kudos to Robert C. Jones. In the commentary section of SWJ Blog entry "Afghanistan: It's Not Over" COL Jones had...

Understanding Sri Lanka's Defeat of the Tamil Tigers by Major Niel A. Smith, Joint Force Quarterly. After three decades of conflict, Sri Lanka's government defeated the ethnic separatist insurgent...

The Allure of Quick Victory: Lessons from Peru's Fight against Sendero Luminoso - Major Michael L. Burgoyne, Military Review. The decapitation of Sendero Luminoso (SL) in conjunction with the use of...