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Phil Carter, who sadly no longer maintains Intel Dump, called this back in October of 2004 in his Slate op-ed To Fight Another Day - subtitled the real reason Guantanamo detainees have returned to...

The Defense Stimulus by Tom Donnelly at The Weekly Standard. The politics of the current economic crisis are fluid -- the Bush administration's original diktats for bailing out the troubled...

Remarks by Secretary Rice at signing ceremony for U.S. Government Counterinsurgency Guide US State Department Press Release / Transcript Secretary Condoleezza Rice Treaty Room Washington, DC January...

Excellent piece by Colonel H. R. McMaster in the current World Affairs - The Human Element: When Gadgetry Becomes Strategy. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the political debates concerning the...

Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, says the US military needs to become more balanced in its role as a partner in foreign policy. Mullen Urges Emphasis on 'Soft Power' in Foreign...

Colonel Gian Gentile has a new piece up at Foreign Policy entitled Think Again: Counterinsurgency continuing his theme on why the U.S. Army's focus on nation-building at the expense of warfighting is...

Next-War-itis, This-War-itis, and the American Military by Michael P. Noonan at Foreign Policy Research Institute In a recent CBS News story, Marine Corps Commandant General James Conway stated...

Here's the latest from the US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute: After Iraq: The Search for a Sustainable National Security Strategy by Dr. Colin S. Gray A sustainable national security...

Via Reuters - President-elect Obama named four former Clinton administration officials to top defense positions, including former Pentagon comptroller William Lynn as deputy defense secretary. The...

Via the Los Angeles Times - Lieutenant General Victor H. Krulak dies at 95. "Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Victor H. "Brute" Krulak, celebrated for his leadership in World War II, Korea and Vietnam and...

Top Officer Urges Limit on Mission of Military - Thom Shanker, New York Times The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday that senior officers must work to prevent the militarization of...

An American Strategy for Asia by Dan Blumenthal and Aaron Friedberg, American Enterprise Institute Purpose The new administration confronts an unusually long and daunting list of pressing foreign...

Christopher Castelli of Inside the Navy (subscription required at Inside Defense) is reporting that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates received feedback on several key strategic initiatives from...

HBO Trailer: Taking Chance Chance Phelps was wearing his Saint Christopher medal when he was killed on Good Friday. Eight days later, I handed the medallion to his mother. I didn't know Chance...

Petraeus Discusses Way Ahead For Afghanistan Michael J. Carden American Forces Press Service Peace and stability in Afghanistan are incomplete without improving relations among the country and its...

SWJ friend Herschel Smith on Major General John Kelly and USMC COIN efforts in Iraq at The Captain's Journal. ... We have observed before that it is the responsibility of the people and government...

... at Foreign Policy's Passport - This Week at War by Robert Haddick. Today is the first installment of "This Week at War," a new weekly feature at Foreign Policy, reviewing what's hot in small...

2009 Conference of Army Historians The U.S. Army Center of Military History is soliciting papers for the 27 - 30 July 2009 biennial Conference of Army Historians, to be held in the Washington, D.C.,...

Like them or hate them, we still need private security contractors says Colonel Mark Cancian (USMCR Ret.) at FP's Passport. In criticizing the use of contractors in Iraq, some observers cite...

Via e-mail from Michael Yon (and on his web page): Word just came to me that Paula Lloyd died. The word came from a close mutual friend who currently is in Afghanistan. Godspeed to Paula. Those...

We've been tracking two Posts by Tom Ricks at his new blogosphere home (The Best Defense) at Foreign Policy. The first post, Fiasco at the Army War College, concerns one of our Small Wars Council...

Small Wars Journal (the site) has been owned and operated by Small Wars Foundation (the non-profit corporation) since June 1, 2008. We have just received notice from the IRS that Small Wars...

Since 1922, Military Review has provided a forum for the open exchange of ideas on military affairs. Subsequently, publications have proliferated throughout the Army education system that specialize...

Remarks by National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C. 7 January 2009 As Prepared for Delivery In less than two weeks, a new President...

Tom Ricks and Andrew Exum asked the question and David Kenner at FP Passport throws in: ... Because he isn't suicidal. IDF generals have made clear that another war with Hezbollah would likely be far...

Charlie Rose Show: An update on Israel and Gaza with Aluf Benn of Ha'aretz, David Ignatius of The Washington Post, Martin Indyk of The Brookings Institute and Ghaith Al-Omari of The New America...

Ex does a victory dance in his post on the latest from John Nagl and Brian Burton - Striking the Balance: The Way Forward in Iraq at World Policy Journal. All I can say is how about them Ravens?

Gaza Is Not Lebanon and Israel's campaign against Hamas may succeed says Thomas Donnely and Danielle Pletka at The Weekly Standard. The conventional wisdom about the incursion by Israeli ground...

As mentioned earlier - Tom Ricks - the special military correspondent for The Washington Post and author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq - is writing a blog for Foreign Policy (...

Counterinsurgency Field Manual: Afghanistan Edition by Nathaniel Fick and John Nagl in the January / February 2009 issue of Foreign Policy. For the past five years, the fight in Afghanistan has been...