SWJ Blog is a multi-author blog publishing news and commentary on the various goings on across the broad community of practice.  We gladly accept guest posts from serious voices in the community.

US Takes Dutch Military as Role Model in Afghan Operation - Jay Solomon, Wall Street Journal The Obama administration, which wants to send hundreds of additional civilian personnel into Afghanistan...

National Security Facilitator - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. One of the puzzles of the Obama administration's first few months was how the National Security Council would work under Gen...

Gates's Next Lever to Reshape the Pentagon: QDR - Gordon Lubold, Christian Science Monitor Defense Secretary Robert Gates's bid to remake the Pentagon enters a new and crucial phase this week as the...

MEDIA ADVISORY April 29, 2009 2009 Joint Warfighting Conference Addresses Key Themes of Building a Balanced Joint Force Norfolk, Va. -- U. S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) will address the theme...

Been on two road trips and missed getting an early jump on Dave Kilcullen's testimony before the House Armed Services Committee concerning the situation in Pakistan. They dragged Dave out of our...

Petraeus Calls On Pakistan To Redirect Military Focus - Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post. Gen. David H. Petraeus warned yesterday that al-Qaeda and Taliban extremists in Pakistan are posing "an ever...

Storm of Violence in Iraq Strains Its Security Forces - Steven Lee Meyers and Sam Dagher, New York Times. A deadly outburst of violence appears to be overwhelming Iraq's police and military forces as...

Three views concerning the use of private military companies by the US Government at The American Interest. The Mercenary Debate by Deborah Avant. Private security contracting undermines democratic...

Local Wars - Janine di Giovanni, New York Times Book Review The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by Dr. David Kilcullen David Kilcullen is a former officer in the...

Below is a copy of this 1971 memo from General Volney F. Warner (then the Executive Officer and Senior Aide to the Army Chief of Staff) to General William C. Westmoreland (then the Army Chief of...

SWJ's 14th weekly contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include attacks begin on the Afghan war "consensus" and do Defense and State need a...

Petraeus: What I Learned in Iraq, and How it Applies to Afghanistan - Christa Case Bryant and Carol Huang, Christian Science Monitor As the US shifts focus from Iraq to Afghanistan, much attention...

Tom Ricks, the Washington Post's special military correspondent, wrote a controversial article in Sunday's Post proposing that the three military academies -- West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force...

Leadership, Petraeus Style - Paula D. Broadwell, Boston Globe With a faltering economy, soaring unemployment, and overseas military commitments consuming more each day than the gross domestic...

The Challenge of Retaining Majors in Our Army - Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV (aka Frontier 6) at the US Army Combined Arms Center Blog. A recent article in the Armed Forces Journal by...

Karzai Agrees with US Strategy, But Says No al-Qaida Bases in Afghanistan - Voice of America. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he agrees with almost all elements of US President Barack Obama's...

Interviews with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Ambassador Richard Holbrooke - Real Clear Politics Holbrooke: This is a work in progress, quite frankly, Fareed. The Obama administration came...

Apple's New Weapon - Benjamin Sutherland, Newsweek Tying the hands of a person who is speaking, the Arab proverb goes, is akin to "tying his tongue." Western soldiers in Iraq know how important...

Gates Proposes Change in Strategy - Nancy A. Youssef and David Lightman, McClatchy News Service (Miami Herald) Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who often complains that the Pentagon isn't on a war...

Why We Should Get Rid of West Point - Tom Ricks, Washington Post opinion Want to trim the federal budget and improve the military at the same time? Shut down West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force...

Pentagon Jams Web, Radio Links of Taliban - Yochi Dreazen and Siobhan Gorman, Wall Street Journal The Obama administration is starting a broad effort in Pakistan and Afghanistan to prevent the...

Five part National Review video interview with General Jack Keane: At War with Gen. Jack Keane: Chapter 1 of 5 - Retired Gen. Jack Keane outlines the origins of the surge in Iraq — the...

SWJ's 13th weekly contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include fighting terrorism with psychotherapy and who should pay for Somalia's pirates?

Guess which countries are in deep trouble or bordering on the same? Matthew Bandyk at US News & World Report highlights the countries most in danger from the global recession. Countires in deep...

The April issue of the CTC Sentinel is now posted -- The Sentinel is the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point's public face and -- as many are now saying - an essential read. April's edition...

Today at Inside the Pentagon (subscription required) - Iregular Warfare Term Stirs Debate as DoD Prepares for QDR by Christopher J. Castelli. Here are several excepts: -- A QDR issue paper...

The Department of Homeland Security recently disseminated two FOUO reports - Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment (7 April...

Charlie Rose Show - A conversation about Somali piracy with Andrew Exum of the Center for New American Security and Robert Kaplan, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security.

US Takes Afghan Strategy to Villages - Michael Phillips, Wall Street Journal The deepening US involvement in the Afghan war is forcing villagers to answer a dangerous question: Whose side are you on...

A Nuclear Talibanistan? - Tony Blankley, Washington Times / Real Clear Politics opinion Our view of Pakistan's role in the war in Afghanistan has undergone an ominous but necessary series of shifts...