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Time and the Center for a New American Security have just launched Command Post, a series of regular video conversations on the key national-security challenges of the 21st Century. The joint effort...

Understanding War in Afghanistan by Joseph J. Collins, National Defense University Press. From the introduction: This monograph aims to provide military leaders, civil servants, diplomats, and...

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Filling the Gap: A Tribute to those lost in RC-E during the Spring 2011 Offensive This video, and the footage contained in it, is courtesy of Doc Brit Jacobs. Doc was 3rd Platoon's medic, and was...

Feedback Loops: Mexican Immigration Trends Over the past couple of years, SWJ authors have been on the forefront of both design thinking and the situation in Mexico. Recently, Ben Zweibelson...

The Necessity Of U.S. Naval Power by Gordon England, James L. Jones, and Vern Clark; Wall Street Journal opinion piece. BLUF: "Postured to respond quickly, the Navy-Marine Corps team integrates sea,...

Via STAND-TO! - Activation of Army Irregular Warfare Fusion Cell What is it? The U.S. Army Combined Arms Center (CAC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, recently activated the Army IW Fusion Cell (AIWFC)...

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Petraeus Confident as He Leaves Afghanistan by Carlotta Gall, New York Times. BLUF: "... the general said signs of progress were beginning to appear. Insurgent attacks were down in May and June...

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US Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force, greets US Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta upon the secretary's arrival at Camp Eggers, Kabul,...

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Official Site Space Shuttle Atlantis Lifts Off on Final Mission - VOA Atlantis Launches on Last Shuttle Mission - WP Atlantis Launches on Final...

Robert Gates was certainly more popular, but his predecessor was far more influential. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Rumsfeld wins the doctrine war 2...

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How to Fix USAID by Joshua Foust, The Atlantic. BLUF: "A broken aid agency helps no one. Instead of throwing development projects at the military, the US should put effort into fixing the aid agency'...

The Snapper CIVCAS (civilian casualties) are a huge problem for our side and for the enemy. The enemy causes far more CIVCAS but as outsiders our mistakes have a more toxic psychological effect....

Via DoD: Deputy Secretary Announces Intention to Depart William J. Lynn III, the third-longest serving deputy secretary in the post-Cold War era, today announced his intention to step down as deputy...

Building the Security Force That Won't Leave by Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV and Captain Nathan K. Finney, Joint Force Quarterly. Here's the abstract: If Afghans are to be weaned away...

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Book Review Master Narratives of Islamist Extremism by Jeffrey Halverson, H. L. Goodall, and Steven Corman. Published by Palgrave-MacMillan, New York. 2011. Reviewed by Commander Youssef Aboul-...

Numerous media reports have been circulating today concerning the following threat: The government has warned airlines that terrorists are considering surgically implanting explosives into people in...

Can the Obama Administration Wind Down the War on Terror? by Zachary Keck The National Strategy for Counterterrorism that the White House released last week signals the Obama administration's...

The Black Rock I want to write about something we don't talk about. More than likely, you don't want to read this, but you need to. It seems paradoxical to our military values. Often times, we...

Ode to NATO's Fiscal Farce in Libya by Jim Egan Is it not unconscionable that the US, UK & French military have failed in 100 days and £400m to route Col. Gaddafi? There are ways to prompt him to...

What's Wrong and What's Right With the War Colleges by Dr. George E. Reed, Defense Policy. Introduction: "A cascade of withering criticism has recently been leveled at the war colleges -- those...

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Defining Army Core Competencies for the 21st Century by Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen Jr. and Lieutenant Colonel Steve Leonard, Army. From the introduction: "After nearly a decade of war, our...

Intrepid Project: Why Are 13 US Navy Commandos In A Libyan Mass Grave? Remains Of 19th Century U.S. Sailors Lie On The Shores Of Tripoli - Here and Now, National Public Radio. New legislation would...