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The military goes back to its core values as it prepares to implement the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) "Don't ask, don...

Before reading the linked article (Our Double-Edged Sword by Thomas H. Henriksen in the Hoover Digest) I offer a few comments for consideration. I think the author's critique is really with the...

15 Top Stories / Items of Interest: AF: Rush for Results May Undermine Aid Goals - Christian Science Monitor AF: Opium Prices Soar, Focus on Taliban, Drug War Stumbles - Washington Post The...

Surface Navy Association Symposium, 13 January 2011, Remarks by General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps. Short excerpt follows: ... These vignettes validate what I see as the mission...

15 Top Stories / Items of Interest: U.S. Military Chief Mike Mullen in Afghan Warning - BBC News U.S. Military Chief: Enemy in Afghanistan is Losing - Associated Press U.S. Keeps Funneling Money to...

Here's the video of Monday's Defining Success in Afghanistan panel discussion at American Enterprise Institute. I watched it live and thought it very informative and thought provoking - whether you...

Small Wars Journal : The News Frontier Database by Michael Meyer, Columbia Journalism Review. "Although it's right to call Small Wars Journal a niche publication, doing so misrepresents the site's...

In the latest issue of The Washington Quarterly, Ely Ratner, an Associate Political Scientist at RAND, asserts that one of the consequences of China's rapid rise in global influence will be...

Counterinsurgency Strategy Not Working in Afghanistan, Critics Say by David Wood, Politics Daily. BLUF: "Experts on Afghanistan and on counterinsurgency, among them active-duty and retired military...

15 Top Stories / Items of Interest: Biden Promises U.S. Support Beyond 2014 - Washington Post Biden Assures Karzai of Aid From U.S. Beyond 2014 - New York Times Biden Backtracks on Afghanistan Troop...

Commander Discusses Disestablishment Recommendation Sgt. Josh LeCappelain USJFCOM Public Affairs (NORFOLK, Va. - Jan. 11 2011) -- The commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), Gen. Ray...

15 Top Stories / Items of Interest: Petraeus Says Taliban Influence on Decline - Associated Press Biden Makes Unannounced Visit to Afghanistan - Washington Post U.S., Afghan Officials Put Faith in...

Sudanese Crossroads by Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post. BLUF: "With the West openly supporting southern Sudanese independence, a new war's consequences will not be limited to Sudan itself." Ms....

The Department of the Navy recently released their Confronting Irregular Challenges Community of Interest (CIC COI) Charter, it can be found here. The Charter is a step forward in implementing the U....

Due to the tragic events of this past weekend and the resulting change in the congressional schedule, tomorrow's event on "The Power of People: Building an Integrated National Security Professional...

In case you missed it: Major Dick Winters, of legendary "Band of Brothers", dies at 92 - Crispin Burke at Wings over Iraq. More on Major Richard Winters.

Defining Success in Afghanistan Monday, January 10, 2011, 8:00-10:00 a.m. EST Please watch this event live online at 8:00 a.m. EST here. The AEI-ISW report, which is the subject of this event, is now...

15 Top Stories / Items of Interest: Afghan Insurgents Match Surge with More IEDs - USA Today Afghans Strained by Shortages as Iran Tightens Flow of Fuel - New York Times Pakistan's Release of...

15 Top Stories / Items of Interest: Rep. Giffords Shot Critically in Arizona; Six Others Killed - New York Times Rep. Giffords Shot in Tucson Rampage; Federal Judge Killed - Washington Post Southern...

15 Top Stories / Items of Interest: In Wider War in Afghanistan, Survival Rate of Wounded Rises - New York Times Suicide Bombing in Afghan Bathhouse Kills 17 - Los Angeles Times Sen. Webb Decries...

Police Mentoring in Afghanistan 2007-2009 by Dr. William Rosenau, Center for Naval Analyses, Strategic Studies Solution Center. The role of the police is an important but largely overlooked aspect...

General Ray Odierno, commanding general of U.S. Joint Forces Command, issued the following statement regarding President Obama's approval Thursday of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' recommendation...

The U.S. secretary of defense believes that better military relations with Beijing can help avoid an arms race. But is that what the Chinese want? Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign...

15 Top Stories / Items of Interest: U.S. Plans to Send 1,400 More Marines to Afghanistan - New York Times Surge Fails to Reduce Number of Taliban Fighters - Associated Press MQM Party to Rejoin...

General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps Press Release on EFV Termination Today the Secretary of Defense announced the termination of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) program. I...

Gates Reveals Budget Efficiencies, Reinvestment Possibilities By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2011 -- The Defense Department has found $154 billion in efficiencies...

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen just delivered a briefing on their plans to achieve $154 billion in overhead savings over five years and their plans to...

Gates Recommends Dempsey as Next Army Chief of Staff By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2011 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has recommended to President Barack...

Looking Beyond the EFV by Brian M. Burton at Proceedings. BLUF: "It's time for the Marine Corps to examine its role across the broad expanse of national strategy rather than the narrow focus of a...

U.S. Tells Agencies: Watch 'Insiders' to Prevent New WikiLeaks by Michael Isikoff of NBC News. Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists says the new Office of Management and Budget...