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A Gates Team at the Pentagon by David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. BLUF: "Leon Panetta, the new defense secretary, will lead a team that is collegial and congenial, two qualities...

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Internet group 'Anonymous' threatens authority and control of San Francisco government

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In Afghanistan’s Garmser District, Praise for a U.S. Official’s Tireless Work by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. BLUF: Afghan officials and U.S. commanders credit Malkasian...

The academic debate of enemy-centric, population-centric, leader-centric, and economic- centric counterinsurgency minimizes the complexities of the conflict and detracts from working towards...

Foreign Fights Need Training, Not Troops by Marcus Weisgerber, Defense News. BLUF: The U.S. is more likely to increase foreign assistance to nations such as Yemen and Somalia in the future...

How do we succesfully exit Afghanistan?

NATO: Afghanistan Raids by US Commandos Nearly Triple Since '09 at Stars and Stripes. BLUF: “US forces in Afghanistan have almost tripled the frequency of commando raids launched...

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Tough week plus at SWJ and I'm sure our readership has had some real frustrations with our inability to maintain a stable site.  It appears to be "almost behind us now", knock on...

Former Marine Corporal to be Awarded Medal of Honor by Joby Warrick and Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. BLUF: A former Marine corporal who repeatedly braved enemy fire in attempting to rescue four...

My column this week at Foreign Policy discusses how the U.S. is helping Mexico avoid the "Escobar Scenario." It also wonders whether China is —to accept a "win-win"...

Counterinsurgency Scorecard Says Afghan War Could Go Either Way by Nancy Montgomery, Stars and Stripes. BLUF: “A Rand study of 30 insurgencies worldwide between 1978 and 2008 concluded...

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Better understanding Al Qaeda's narrative can provide a more efficient strategy for the War on Terror.

This is harder than it should be.

Is current US foreign policy in need of mental health intervention?

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Spin Machine by Major William B. Taylor, Armed Forces Journal. BLUF: “The coalition is desperate to demonstrate success in any form in order to generate momentum for continued political...

From the ISAF Website:   ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan 2011-08-S-025  For Immediate Release     KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 10, 2011) – Coalition...

Author expands on Propaganda of the Deed.

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Lesson of Afghanistan Crash Is Not to Rush for Exit by Mark Moyar, Bloomberg. BLUF: “The destruction of a single helicopter tells us nothing about who is winning the war. The larger...

There is a popular narrative regarding Somalia that no successful humanitarian operation can be conducted there. Like all narratives, this one exists to tell a complex story in simple terms; as...

Over the next four weeks the US Army COIN Center will feature guests discussing key aspects of FM 3-24.

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My latest, Men at War: Come Home with Your Shield, or On It.

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