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"The United States believes that the new sanctions regime for Afghanistan will serve as an important tool to promote reconciliation, while isolating extremists... It should also send a clear message...

The US Army Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Assistant Professor of Irregular Warfare at National Defense University. Dr. Gorkais is also an Associate Fellow at Joint...

Europe may not be able to rely on America's free security guarantee forever. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) In blasting NATO, Gates explains what moral...

Molding Perceptions: American Engagement with the Media after the Bin Laden Raid by Marno de Boer Immediately after the successful conclusion of the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound the United...

Report Sees Danger in Local Allies by Dion Nissenbaum, Wall Street Journal. BLUF: "The killings of American soldiers by Afghan troops are turning into a 'rapidly growing systemic threat' that could...

Call Off the Global Drug War by Jimmy Carter The New York Times BLUF. The report describes the total failure of the present global antidrug effort, and in particular America's "war on drugs," which...

Light Attack: It's What's for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner by Mike "Starbaby" Pietrucha, Lt Col, USAFR Recent discussions with respect to the application of airpower in Irregular Warfare have...

(Featuring a special guest appearance by the one and only Doctrine Man) Officially, Dave Karle is an executive communications manager at Microsoft. Less officially, his colleagues have given him...

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Greenert Tapped to be Next CNO by Chris Carroll, Stars and Stripes. BLUF: "Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, vice chief of naval operations, has been nominated for the Navy's top job, Secretary of Defense...

Spirit of America's Commander Support Program: A new model for NGO-military collaboration Matt Valkovic Last February, after I left the Army following a deployment to Iraq, a friend of mine in...

Petraeus set to present Afghanistan plans, prep for CIA - S&S Afghans prepare to take over security - WP Bin Laden raid frustrations in Pakistan - LAT In Baghdad, control remains elusive - WP...

Pakistan-U.S. Security Relationship at Lowest Point Since 2001, Officials Say by Karen DeYoung and and Griff Witte, Washington Post. BLUF: "The security relationship between the United States and...

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Afghanistan -- The Sun is Rising by Brian McLaughlin In January 2002, as a ground operations officer for resupply airdrops to special operations forces in Afghanistan, I described the toppling of the...

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Happy birthday from all of us at Small Wars Journal. More on the 236th Army birthday can be found here. Two hundred and thirty-six years ago, the United States Army was established to defend our...

Irregular Conflict and the Wicked Problem Dilemma: Strategies of Imperfection by Franklin D. Kramer, NDU's Prism. Here's the abstract: Irregular conflict poses a wicked problem—with...

Gangs, Netwar, and "Communiter Counterinsurgency" in Haiti by David C. Becker, NDU's Prism. Here's the abstract: Haiti, the epitome of a fragile state, has been receiving international assistance...

International Support for State-building: Flawed Consensus by Stephen D. Krasner, NDU's Prism. Here's the abstract: Conventional wisdom holds that the most important challenge for state development...

Law Enforcement Capacity-building in African Postconflict Communities by Bruce Baker, NDU's Prism. Here's the abstract: In the post conflict environment, disbanded armed groups and militias maintain...

Terrorist-Criminal Pipelines and Criminalized States: Emerging Alliances by Douglas Farah, NDU's Prism. Here's the abstract: Transnational criminal organizations, networks, and terrorist groups are...

Forging a Comprehensive Approach to Counterinsurgency Operations by Robert L. Caslen, Jr., and Bradley S. Loudon, NDU's Prism. Here's the abstract: The United States will face a myriad of new...

Criminal Insurgency in the Americas and Beyond by Colonel Bob Killebrew, NDU's Prism. Here's the abstract: Transnational crime and criminal networks have grown to such proportions that they have...

... please tell me this is an example of sensationalized reporting or the source is a bald-faced liar. If not, then let's stop debating whether we should call this an insurgency or not and...

The Trans-Border Institute has released the results of a new survey of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders in nine different Mexican states. The survey is part of a series of studies, titled...

Achieving Victory in Afghanistan Requires More Than Just "Afghan Good Enough" by Colin P. Clarke During my three months at ISAF headquarters, a commonly heard expression around the base was the term...