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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...

Foreign Policy launches its new look today and rolls out its new A-list of bloggers, headed by Tom Ricks. Small Wars Journal will be publishing a weekly op-ed / week-in-review of what's hot in...

Charlie Rose Show - A conversation with Tom Ridge on the challenges ahead for the new administration.

John Pike of Global Security in today's Washington Post opinion section - Coming to the Battlefield: Stone-Cold Robot Killers. Armed robotic aircraft soar in the skies above Pakistan, hurling death...

It is a sad reflection of our time that Che Guevara is seen as a hero. So says Nigel Jones at The DailyTelegraph and Mary Anastasia O'Grady at The Wall Street Journal. We could not agree more.

Oxford University Press Enters the Tabloid Market A review of: Africa's World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe by Gerard Prunier.  Published...

"High Time" To Move Marines To Afghanistan - Cami McCormick, CBS News The Commandant of the US Marine Corps says it's "high time" his troops leave Iraq and take their battle skills to Afghanistan. "...

US Hands Over Green Zone Authority to Iraq - Edward Yeranian, Voice of America US forces in Iraq have handed over control of Baghdad's Green Zone to the Iraqi government. Iraqi officials hailed the...

General Barry McCaffrey (USA, Ret.) an Adjunct Professor at West Point, visited Mexico 5-7 December 2008 as part of an International Forum of Intelligence and Security Specialists. In his report,...

A Few Big Ideas - New York Times editorial Over the past several months, we've discussed the many, severe challenges confronting America's military services and recommended a set of urgent fixes to...

By The Armorer - Cross-posted at Argghhh! Public Affairs and Information Operations are seemingly competing and complementary missions and agendas, complicated by regulatory language created in a...

Via e-mail from Brendan O'Grady, Deputy Press Secretary, British Embassy, Washington DC: The Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary are following developments in Gaza with grave concern. The UK...

A very nice post by Reach 364 at the Building Peace blog entitled Warrior Intellectuals. I finally read John Nagl's counterinsurgency book Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency...

At Least 280 Palestinians Killed as Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza Continue - Voice of America Israeli warplanes have struck Hamas militant targets in the Gaza Strip on the second day of an offensive...

The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 - Thomas Ricks Thomas E. Ricks uses hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with top officers in Iraq and...

Had some time today to reread and think about several articles we've linked to over the last several months. In case you missed this one - or not - I'd recommend a first or second read of All...

Max Boot and Richard Bennet discuss why a low-intensity counterinsurgency strategy seems to be working in the Philippines at The Weekly Standard. The war on terror that the Obama administration is...

Bing West's newest book The Strongest Tribe: War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq has been named a Wall Street Journal Best of 2008. Congrats, Semper Fi, as well as fair winds and following seas...

Merry Christmas from SWJ - We wish you and yours all the best through this holiday season and beyond... and a thank you for what many of you do best - the dirty work to obtain that elusive dream -...