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"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 -...

Hat tip to Scared Monkeys - to these guys and gals we say this: ... and this: ... and coal in your stockings CSIRO.

U.S. Prepares to Fight 'Irregular' Wars for Years to Come - Al Pessin, Voice of America The U.S. Defense Department has taken several steps in recent weeks to ensure that hard won lessons in...

The first issue of Operational Culture, the newsletter of the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL) is on the streets. Go to the link for the full newsletter, what follows is the...

Our best wishes to you and yours this Christmas and for the new year. While not US Marines, these guys are our distant rogue cousins - much like Abu Muqawama - and we extend them a hearty Semper...

We received this "Who's Who" current history recap out of the blue from Hamid Hussain.  He was born and raised in Peshawar, is an allergist by profession, but has been unable to cure...

Defining Terrorism It Shouldn't be Confused with Insurgency By Haviland Smith at American Diplomacy During the presidency of George W. Bush, everything possible has been done to obfuscate and...

President George Bush Commander-in-Chief - Holiday Greeting President George W. Bush sent his best wishes for the holiday season and those of first lady Laura Bush to servicemembers around the world...

The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 by Thomas Ricks The Gamble will be released on 10 February 2009. Thomas E. Ricks uses hundreds of hours of...

Hat tip to Starbuck at Wings Over Iraq for pointing to this valuable travel advice by Rob Crilly at From the Frontline - how to plan a trip to Somalia: 1) Have you been to Somalia before? If yes...

The anti-COIN beat goes on with Gian Gentile's latest - this time at War and Game. Writing "current history" is not an easy task for historians because it involves delving into topics that are often...

Britain Has Lost the Stomach For a Fight - Michael Portillo, The Sunday Times opinion Last week Gordon Brown announced a date for Britain's withdrawal from Iraq. Most troops will be back in time for...

US Opens Fire on Brown's 'War Fatigue' - Sarah Baxter and Nicola Smith, The Sunday Times As the United States prepares for a troop "surge" in Afghanistan in the new year, Robert Gates, the defence...

Special Ops 'Surge' Sparks Debate - Sean Naylor, Army Times Defense Secretary Robert Gates' plan to deploy three additional combat brigades to Afghanistan by the summer has superseded a contentious...

I loved the paper by a team of guys trying to tackle a thorny issue - Irregular Warfare: Everything yet Nothing by Lieutenant Colonel (P) William Stevenson, Major Marshall Ecklund, Major Hun Soo Kim...

Persuasive Politics - Matt Armstrong (MountainRunner), Washington Times opinion "Repairing America's image" is a popular mantra these days, but discussions on revamping America's public diplomacy...

Survival Guide for Veterans - New York Times editorial Far too often, military veterans find themselves desperately short of the information they need as they make the torturous quest for benefits...

Outside View: Mexico's Criminal Insurgency - John P. Sullivan, United Press International (Middle East Times) Behind the headlines about kidnappings, assassinations and shootouts, the escalating...