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The White House Office of the Press Secretary August 18, 2010 Executive Order--Establishment of Pakistan and Afghanistan Support Office By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution...

An editorial in this morning's Washington Post, "Making the case for success in Afghanistan", lays out the bottom line in regards to where we now stand in prosecuting the war, and in particular a...

Spencer Ackerman of Wired's Danger Room (and old-time friend of SWJ) is in Afghanistan and just finished an interview with General David Petraeus. His first installment, "Petraeus: Here's My Afghan...

Long Road Ahead for Afghan Security Forces - Interview with Dr. Jack Kem, Deputy to the Commander, NATO Training Mission--Afghanistan, by Greg Bruno, Council on Foreign Relations Conflicting...

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Strategy and Insurgency: An Evolution in Thinking? - Please find the latest by SWJ authors and friends John Sullivan and Adam Elkus at Open Security.

Yesterday the U.S. Defense Department finally released -- at least four months late -- its annual report on Chinese military power. The delay can be excused. This year's report is more comprehensive...

Fred Kaplan interviews Secretary of Defense Robert Gates for Foreign Policy and snares an exclusive. Head on to FP and find out what the SECDEF "hopes to leave behind". More: Defense Secretary Gates...

The Next Phase in America's Relationship with Iraq A conversation with: Nathaniel Fick CEO of Center for a New American Security Michael Corbin Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq Dr. Colin...

General David Petraeus, Commander of NATO ISAF, appreared on NBC's "Meet the Press" yesterday (transcript here). More can be found at the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian...

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The Daily Telegraph (Thomas Harding) reported last week (we are playing catch-up this morning) that the Royal Air Force is to be cut to its smallest size since World War I. The paper has been passed...

Petraeus: Conditions Will Drive Afghanistan Withdrawal - Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service. WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2010 -- President Barack Obama has made clear he wants the best military...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) What happens if Mexico settles with the cartels? 2) Scared of military robots? Get over it. What happens if Mexico...

Gates Orders Marine Corps Force Structure Review by Jim Garamone of American Forces Press Service. An excerpt follows: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has ordered a thorough force structure review...

Win Wars? Today's General Politicks and Does P.R., Too is the title of a New York Times piece by Thom Shanker. It's a must read.

Pakistan Floods: How to Help - Today's Washington Post contains a listing of organizations that are taking donations for the Pakistan flood relief effort. The list contains contact information for...

U.S. Military Seeks Slower Pace to Wrap Up Afghan Role - Eric Schmitt, Helene Cooper, and David E. Sanger. The New York Times reports this morning that U.S. military officials are "building a case to...

America's Flawed Afghanistan Strategy - Dr. Steven Metz, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute monthly op-ed. Despite the lavish time and attention that the Obama administration devoted...

Interesting insider critique of how the media covered the Iraq war in USA TODAY (today). Fog of War: What Are We Missing? by Jim Michaels. For the most part, the news media missed the entire story...

Officials: Belt-tightening Will Cut 1 Command - Anne Gearan, Associated Press. Officials briefed on the decision say Defense Secretary Robert Gates plans to eliminate a major military command in...

Via the U.S. Army's STAND-TO!: A Different Kind of War is the Army's first comprehensive study of its campaign in Afghanistan. Based on hundreds of oral interviews and unclassified documents, this...

A Small Wars Journal / MountainRunner Crosspost Last week, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) convened the third annual Magharebia.com Writers Workshop. The workshop is a professional development course...

Photo by CPT Nick Dubaz, U.S. Army. "Ooda Loop" at Maxwell Air Force Base. H/T Gulliver at Ink Spots.

Here's the fourth edition of Small Wars Journal's Saturday Night Quote (SWJ SNQ). Kudos to Colonel Phil Ridderhof. In the commentary section of SWJ Blog entry Marine Corps says, 'Damn the G-RAMM,...

Twenty years ago today was the official start of America's troubles with Iraq. Operation Desert Shield, a large-scale deployment of U.S., European, and Arab troops to Saudi Arabia, began on August 7...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: ------ Writing in Small Wars Journal, Gregory Conti and Jen Easterly, both U.S. Army lieutenant colonels, discussed the problems the...

The Future of the U.S. Armed Forces is the theme of the current issue of The American Interest. Here's the lineup: Presidents and Their Generals: A Conversation with Eliot Cohen - Q&A. When...

Two good reads at the US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute: Organizing To Compete in Political Terrain by Dr. Nadia Schadlow. In this analysis, the author identifies some of...

UPDATE: Undersecretary of the Navy Robert Work sent me a response to this essay. You will find his response in the comments below. ---------------- Yesterday I attended a presentation at the Center...