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Two news items published today provide a preview of Bob Woodward's new book Obama's Wars set for release next Monday. Steve Luxenberg in The Washington Post writes Bob Woodward book details Obama...

Today General James Amos (currently the Assistant Commandant) had his confirmation hearing to be the next Commandant of the Marine Corps. Senator Scott Brown asked Amos to describe his vision for the...

Playing catch-up here: Read the Afghanistan Study Group's report "A New Way Forward: Rethinking U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan" then read (or read before) Joshua Foust's take on the report at Registan...

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Army's Future Looks a Lot Like the Present by Shaun Waterman of The Washington Times. Article covers the new "Army Operating Concept" developed by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and the "...

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Observers Debate Legitimacy of Afghanistan Election 19 September 2010 Voice of America Observers of Afghanistan's parliamentary election on Saturday are debating whether or not the result will be...

Crime Wars: Gangs, Cartels and U.S. National Security Center for a New American Security (CNAS) CNAS report launch and discussion on the growing national security threat of organized crime in the...

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Afghan Polls Close, Scattered Violence Kills 14 Sean Maroney 18 September 2010 Voice of America Afghans cast their ballots for a new parliament Saturday, despite rocket and bomb attacks during...

Innovation in War: Counterinsurgency Operations in Anbar and Ninewa Provinces, Iraq, 2005--2007 (scroll down for download link) - James A. Russell, Journal of Strategic Studies, Volume 33 Issue 4...

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Did this week's confrontation at sea with China signal a more aggressive stance from Tokyo? Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Japan and China go fishing...

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The War Over COIN by Max Boot at Commentary's Contentions. Boot discusses the importance of using counterinsurgency principles in operations and the backlash against COIN in a debate often seen here...

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Center for Strategic and International Studies The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics A discussion with the author Michael C. Horowitz, Assistant...

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Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV, Commanding General of NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, writes on literacy as a matter of life and death in Afghanistan at the Huffington Post.

An article in Marine Corps Times discusses a new mandatory cultural training program for U.S. Marine Corps officers and NCOs: Fighting in any clime or place means Marines often come into close...

In the current issue of Armed Forces Journal ("A False Dichotomy") Dr. Nadia Schadlow writes that critics of the Army's counterinsurgency focus ignore world and war realities. Dr. Schadlow is senior...

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As a follow-up to my last column at Foreign Policy that discussed Mexico's narco-insurgency, I'll note Ceci Connolly's story in yesterday's Washington Post. That article discussed the double life of...

COMISAF's Counterinsurgency (COIN) Contracting Guidance via Commander, International Decurity and Assistance Force - Afghanistan. Continue on for General Petraeus' COIN Contracting Guidance...

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Here's the eighth edition of Small Wars Journal's Saturday Night Quote (SWJ SNQ). Kudos to Jason Thomas. In the commentary section of SWJ Blog entry ""Understanding Sri Lanka's Defeat of the Tamil...

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What Hillary Clinton's remarks on the drug war mean for U.S. strategy Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The insurgency next door 2) What Sri Lanka really...