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The War We Can't Win: Afghanistan & the Limits of American Power - Andrew J. Bacevich, Commonweal ... What is it about Afghanistan, possessing next to nothing that the United States requires,...

Pentagon Weighs Social Networking Benefits, Vulnerabilities By John J. Kruzel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2009 -- A Defense Department review is weighing the benefits of social...

Small Wars Journal / Small Wars Council's Dave Dilegge, Robert Haddick and Dr. Marc Tyrrell will be attending the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Senior Leaders Conference, 18 --...

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Commentary: More troops Needed for Afghan War - Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann, CNN. CNN's Barbara Starr reported last week that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top US commander in Afghanistan,...

Is Foggy Bottom Ready for Irregular Warfare? - Robert Haddick, The American This decade the U.S. military, led by its mid-ranking and junior leaders, has adapted to the demands of irregular warfare...

Think cultural awareness is important? Most of us here do, that's fairly non-controversial. The operative issue is how at hand is how do you get more of what we (almost) all agree is needed?...

Officials Identify Gulf War Pilot's Remains American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2009 -- Remains found last month in Iraq's Anbar province are those of Navy Capt. Michael Scott Speicher...

Bloomberg's Pentagon reporter reports that the Pentagon's comptroller has made an urgent request to Congress to authorize reprogramming current-year funds in order to accelerate the delivery of the...

Vice Admiral John C. Harvey, Jr. took his first plunge into the blogosphere at the USNI blog where he commented: ... With respect to your comment concerning participation in the blogosphere and the...

Okay, it's Friday night, so relax. Apparently, someone has favorable commentary concerning Kimberly Kagan's The Surge: A Military History. That someone is GrEaT sAtAn'S gIrLfRiEnD who opines: "...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy. Topics include: 1) Iraq's army thinks about life after the insurgency, 2) Does Afghanistan need the Phoenix Program?

Papers are sought on the topics below. Winning entries and select others will be published in future special volumes of Small Wars Journal. For each of the two topics, a $3,000 Grand Prize and two...

In Afghanistan, US May Shift Strategy - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. The top US commander in Afghanistan is preparing a new strategy that calls for major changes in the way US and other...

In a memo that has been made public by the New York Times, Col. Timothy Reese, an adviser to the Iraqi military's Baghdad command, calls "for the U.S. to declare victory and go home." Kori Schake,...

Iraq Social Media Experience Sparks Training for Leaders By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 30, 2009 -- Army Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV discovered the power of social...

After several years of confusion and cultural resistance, the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy are now laying out plans to rapidly expand and integrate unmanned systems into their doctrines, force...

More US Troops May Be Needed in Afghanistan, says Pentagon Advisor By Al Pessin Voice of America Washington 29 July 2009 A member of the strategic assessment team working with the new U.S. military...

Good stuff at World Politics Review. Judah Grunstein interviews Andrew Exum concerning Ex's recent time in Afghanistan. Andrew Exum is a fellow at the Center for a New American Security, and author...

How We'll Win in Afghanistan - Bing West, Wall Street Journal opinon. ... Strangely, our military leaders rarely talk about the battles here. They urge shooting less and drinking more cups of tea...

Counterinsurgency Leadership in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Beyond 23 September 2009 National Press Club Washington, D.C. On 23 September 2009, the U.S. Marine Corps University and Marine Corps University...

The Phoenix Program and Contemporary Counterinsurgency - William Rosenau, Austin Long, Rand Corporation. Fresh interest in the history of counterinsurgency has focused renewed attention on the...

Q & A with Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal - Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times. You have said that in Afghanistan protecting the population is the top priority. What does that mean you stop doing...

Back to Basics By Captain David Blair, US Air Force Originally posted at Air University's The Wright Stuff. (Hat tip to Colonel Bob Potter for sending this along to SWJ) "... That I will support and...

America's New Nightmare - Ron Moreau, Newsweek. Soon after 4,000 U.S. Marines flooded into Afghanistan's Helmand River Valley on July 2, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar called top Taliban regional...

Iran's nuclear program is suddenly receiving a flurry of attention from top Obama administration officials. Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited Israel today to exchange views on the subject with...

Our Soldiers Are Not Trained For The Wars They Are In - Cynthia Banham, Sydney Morning Herald. Many Australians revere the military, and it occupies a sacred place in their consciousness. Soldiers...

A Warrior Fighting the Wrong War is the title of Nate Fick's Washington Post review of By His Own Rules: The Story of Donald Rumsfeld by Bradley Graham. Book Description A penetrating political...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy. Topics include: 1) The Domino Theory returns, 2) Thank you, Rafael Correa.

Earlier this month, retired Marine Colonel TX Hammes wrote an article in Armed Forces Journal regarding the drawbacks of pervasive PowerPoint use in the military. He challenged readers to compete in...