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David Galula: His Life and Intellectual Context - Ann Marlowe, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute. This monograph is based on interviews with David Galula's surviving family and...

"As U.S. troops leave Iraq, an officer honors the memory of a young interpreter" by Blake Hall in today's Washington Post. Blake Hall, a retired Army captain, led a reconnaissance platoon in Iraq...

Professionalization of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) is the key to setting the conditions for transition of security responsibility to the Afghans. Professionalism can only be created...

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Here's the sixth edition of Small Wars Journal's Saturday Night Quote (SWJ SNQ). Kudos, once again, to Schmedlap. In the commentary section of SWJ Blog entry "President Obama: Look for a New...

An Architect of U.S. Strategy Waits to Pop Cork by Charles Levinson at The Wall Street Journal.

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To prevent attacks, will the Pentagon have to cut itself off from the online world? Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The Pentagon's cyberdefenders get a...

Doing What Matters With Less - Major Peter J. Munson, Marine Corps Gazette. "America is not at war. Marines are at war while America is at the mall." This is the solemn refrain of Marines who have...

Kilcullen on Rising Australian Casualty Rate - Australian Broadcasting Corporation interview with Dr. David Kilcullen by Tony Jones. Counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen says many factors,...

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The Perilous Slog of Asymmetric Warfare: A Better Way Forward in Afghanistan - Nick M. Masellis, Naval Postgraduate School's Strategic Insights. The situation on the ground in Afghanistan remains...

Marine Corps Commandant General James Conway made some headlines at his August 24th press conference with his remarks on the July 2011 Afghanistan withdrawal plan and his views on the "don't ask, don...

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Officials Note Low Insurgent Morale in Afghanistan - From an International Security Assistance Force News Release KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 25, 2010 -- Intelligence reports indicate some pockets of...

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Continue on for details concerning the Society for Military History 2010-2011 Edward M. Coffman First-Manuscript Prize Competition.

Continue on for an American Forces Press Service recap as well as news links concerning General James Conway's press briefing yesterday. Discussion topics include a continued USMC presence in...

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Continue on for an American Forces Press Service recap as well as organizational and news links concerning Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell's, Commander of NATO Training Mission Afghanistan and Combined...

That is the conclusion of an article by Dexter Filkins in today's New York Times. According to the story, late last year the Afghan government and top Afghan Taliban leaders had met in Dubai and...

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Bob Schieffer, CBS News "Face the Nation", spoke with the Commander for U.S. Forces in Iraq General Ray Odierno on the future of Iraq after last U.S. combat brigade left the country. Odierno: U.S....

General David Petraeus gave CBS News' Katie Couric his evaluation of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in an interview broadcast last week. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) spoke with Bob Schieffer on...

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In a New York Times news analysis piece, "As Mission Shifts in Iraq, Risks Linger for Obama", Peter Baker examines the "symbolism" of the withdrawal of U.S. combat units against the backdrop of...

Here's the fifth edition of Small Wars Journal's Saturday Night Quote (SWJ SNQ). Kudos to Mac McCallister - and we reached back a bit for this one. In the commentary section of SWJ Blog entry "It's...

The Autumn issue of Naval War College Review is now available online. Here are several selected articles that should be of interest to the SWJ community: The Most Daring Act of the Age: Principles...

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In a New York Times op-ed today, "Making Afghanistan More Dangerous", SWJ contributor (here and here) Jason Thomas discusses President Hamid Karzai's order to phase out foreign private security...