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Gen. David Petraeus, top U.S and NATO commander (L), and Ambassador Mark Sedwill, NATO Senior Civilian Rep. in Afghanistan address discuss 'The International Mission in Afghanistan', at the United...

A Conversation and Book Signing with Dr. David Kilcullen ***Thanks to all who attended last night's conversation and book signing with Dr. David Kilcullen. Your contributions to the conversation...

My visit to Camp Leatherneck and the PRT at Lashkar Gah reinforced that Helmand is the land of extremes. Afghanistan's largest and longest province, Helmand also produces most of the poppy in...

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Debates over how to prepare for both major combat operations and stabilizations missions are not just for the Army. The Navy also faces the same questions, but with even more severe troubles with its...

Kandahar Air Field is a sprawling air base in the desert north of Kandahar City. It has a dusty acrid industrial feel. The international influence is everywhere. Tommy Horton's (the British equal...

Via e-mail from NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan: Five recent graduates from the first Afghan National Army female officer candidate school reported to the Afghan Air Force for further training Oct...

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Greg Sheridan of The Australian tells us who he is and why he is the world's most powerful military man.

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Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Can Obama and Mullah Omar sign a truce? 2) The CIA's secret Afghan army ---- a model for the future? Can Obama and Mullah...

The Los Angeles Times reports that Gen James Jones, USMC (ret), President Obama's national security adviser, has resigned. Jones's deputy, Tom Donilon, is to replace Jones. This development is not a...

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Command Posts is now added to the SWJ blogroll. CommandPosts.com was launched on October 5th, 2010 as a site for the authors of St. Martin's Press to comment on military news, history, and relevant...

Pakistan Urges On Taliban: Members of Pakistan's spy agency are pressing Taliban field commanders to fight the U.S. and its allies in Afghanistan by Julian Barnes, Matthew Rosenberg, and Habib Khan...

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On 6 October 2010 President Obama awarded Robert J. Miller, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Staff Sergeant Miller received the Medal of Honor posthumously...

ISAF Releases Review of Pakistan Border Shooting By Fred W. Baker III American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2010 -- An assessment released today of last week's Pakistan border shooting in...

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A Heavy Load to Bear by AEI's Tom Donnelly: What is the role of a heavy, mechanized force in an era of "hybrid" war?

In Obama's Wars, Bob Woodward's new book chronicling the Obama administration's decision-making process on Afghanistan, CIA Director Leon Panetta sums up the book's theme (p. 247): "No Democratic...

I'm in Kabul! I inspect the city on my drive from the airport. It seems pretty similar to my last visit with one big annoying exception: traffic. There are just more cars on the road now (both...

Military Officers Chafe for Bigger Role in Policy Decisions by David Wood at Politics Daily.

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