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The Daily Telegraph (Thomas Harding) reported last week (we are playing catch-up this morning) that the Royal Air Force is to be cut to its smallest size since World War I. The paper has been passed...

Petraeus: Conditions Will Drive Afghanistan Withdrawal - Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service. WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2010 -- President Barack Obama has made clear he wants the best military...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) What happens if Mexico settles with the cartels? 2) Scared of military robots? Get over it. What happens if Mexico...

Gates Orders Marine Corps Force Structure Review by Jim Garamone of American Forces Press Service. An excerpt follows: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has ordered a thorough force structure review...

Win Wars? Today's General Politicks and Does P.R., Too is the title of a New York Times piece by Thom Shanker. It's a must read.

Pakistan Floods: How to Help - Today's Washington Post contains a listing of organizations that are taking donations for the Pakistan flood relief effort. The list contains contact information for...

U.S. Military Seeks Slower Pace to Wrap Up Afghan Role - Eric Schmitt, Helene Cooper, and David E. Sanger. The New York Times reports this morning that U.S. military officials are "building a case to...

America's Flawed Afghanistan Strategy - Dr. Steven Metz, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute monthly op-ed. Despite the lavish time and attention that the Obama administration devoted...

Interesting insider critique of how the media covered the Iraq war in USA TODAY (today). Fog of War: What Are We Missing? by Jim Michaels. For the most part, the news media missed the entire story...

Officials: Belt-tightening Will Cut 1 Command - Anne Gearan, Associated Press. Officials briefed on the decision say Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans to eliminate a major military command in...

Via the U.S. Army's STAND-TO!: A Different Kind of War is the Army's first comprehensive study of its campaign in Afghanistan. Based on hundreds of oral interviews and unclassified documents, this...

A Small Wars Journal / MountainRunner Crosspost Last week, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) convened the third annual Magharebia.com Writers Workshop. The workshop is a professional development course...

Photo by CPT Nick Dubaz, U.S. Army. "Ooda Loop" at Maxwell Air Force Base. H/T Gulliver at Ink Spots.

Here's the fourth edition of Small Wars Journal's Saturday Night Quote (SWJ SNQ). Kudos to Colonel Phil Ridderhof. In the commentary section of SWJ Blog entry Marine Corps says, 'Damn the G-RAMM,...

Twenty years ago today was the official start of America's troubles with Iraq. Operation Desert Shield, a large-scale deployment of U.S., European, and Arab troops to Saudi Arabia, began on August 7...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: ------ Writing in Small Wars Journal, Gregory Conti and Jen Easterly, both U.S. Army lieutenant colonels, discussed the problems the...

The Future of the U.S. Armed Forces is the theme of the current issue of The American Interest. Here's the lineup: Presidents and Their Generals: A Conversation with Eliot Cohen - Q&A. When...

Two good reads at the US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute: Organizing To Compete in Political Terrain by Dr. Nadia Schadlow. In this analysis, the author identifies some of...

UPDATE: Undersecretary of the Navy Robert Work sent me a response to this essay. You will find his response in the comments below. ---------------- Yesterday I attended a presentation at the Center...

Significant Challenges in Iraq Remain Despite "End" Of U.S. Combat - Center for a New American Security Despite the "end" of U.S. combat in Iraq -- as announced by President Obama yesterday --...

ISAF Commander Issues Updated Tactical Directive - ISAF news release dated 4 August 2010. International Security Assistance Force Commander, General David Petraeus has issued his updated Tactical...

Nation-building, Stability Operations and Prophylactic COIN - Dr. Adam Shilling, PKSOI Perspectives. The Army is abuzz with the concepts surrounding counterinsurgency (COIN), stability operations...

U.S. Army War College Guide to National Security Issues, Vol I: Theory of War and Strategy, 4th Edition - Dr. J. Boone Bartholomees Jr., U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. This...

CSAF's Vector: The Way Ahead - U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton A. Schwartz. Many of you have asked me about the future of our Air Force, so I want to take this opportunity to provide...

In Kandahar, U.S. Tries the Lessons of Baghdad - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. This city is starting to feel a lot like Baghdad. Tall concrete blast walls, like those that surround the...

Defense Department Launches 'Lessons Learned' Blog - Lee McMahon, Defense Media Activity via AFPS. For anyone who has served in the U.S. military, whether in uniform or as a family member, the...

General David Petraeus, Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, issued his Counterinsurgency Guidance on 1 August. Petraeus Puts Protecting People at Strategy's Center - Jim Garamone,...

Not trusting the Pentagon's staff to prepare a Quadrennial Defense Review that would be useful, the Congress established an independent panel of "wise men" to critique the QDR after its release. Last...

MoI Holds First Ever ANP Provincial Commanders Seminar - Clinton Atkins, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan Public Affairs. The Ministry of Interior, the branch of the Afghan government responsible...

Return of the Crazy Monkey - The Quatto Zone. This is probably my last post from Afghanistan, since I'm heading home soon. I'm past the 365-day mark, and even an invitation to stay on working for...