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Continue on for recent news and commentary concerning British operations in Afghanistan to include Helmand force levels, equipment issues and public support...

Carrots and sticks: When is poppy eradication justified? By Allison Brown The common Counter Narcotics term is "carrot and stick" -- incentives to diversify out of illicit drugs linked to a real...

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding the research and development of a four-legged "walker" vehicle known as the Boston Dynamics BigDog. A marvel of modern robotics technology, it...

Hat tip to the U.S. Army / Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center (thanks John) for sending along this briefing presentation on the University of Kansas Community Tool Box. The Community Tool Box is...

New Defense Department Plan on Strategic Communication and Science and Technology By Matt Armstrong Cross-posted at MountainRunner A newly released report from the Department of Defense may be the...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1. Is Obama channeling Bush in Afghanistan? 2. Why insurgencies lose.

How to Win in Afghanistan - Brigadier Justin Kelly, Quadrant Magazine. Military activity is never directed against material force alone; it is always aimed simultaneously at the moral forces which...

Commander to Seek Expansion of Afghan Forces, Officials Say - Greg Jaffe and Karen DeYoung, Washington Post. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the newly arrived top commander in Afghanistan, has concluded...

Iraq's Premier Maliki Says He Plans to Thank US for Sacrifices - Gina Chon, Wall Street Journal. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki struck a conciliatory tone ahead of his trip to Washington, talking...

This is a sad but true story, many who contribute and visit here probably have opinions concerning this once "acknowledged guru" of our operations in Vietnam. Ben Steelman of the Wilmington Star-...

I'll keep it short and simple - like us (SWJ) - the Center for Complex Operations (CCO) offers up a venue for substantive interaction amongst the diverse players critical to success in the...

Training Full Spectrum - Less is More By General Peter W. Chiarelli Cross-posted at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center Blog Good leaders understand that they cannot train on everything; therefore,...

The McNamara Mentality - George F. Will, Washington Post opinion. The death of Robert McNamara at 93 was less a faint reverberation of a receding era than a reminder that mentalities are the...

Allied Officers Concerned by Lack of Afghan Forces - Richard A. Oppel, Jr., New York Times. One week after several battalions of Marines swept through the Helmand River valley, military commanders...

Thoughts on Operations in Southern Afghanistan - Major General (Ret.) Jim Molan at Lowy Institute's The Interpreter. Due to the dramatic failure of NATO to conduct out-of-area operations, making...

Foreign Fighter Problem Sponsored by the Foreign Policy Research Institute Tues.-Weds., July 14--15, 2009 National Press Club 529-14th St NW, 13th Fl. Washington, DC 20045 On the battlefields of Iraq...

Has Israel received a "green light" from both the U.S. and Saudi governments to execute an air raid on Iran's nuclear complex? Those were stories that came out over the weekend, one from a television...

Defense Secretary During Vietnam Build-up Dies at 93 By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 6, 2009 -- The defense secretary who presided over the department during the Cuban...

I applaud the editors of Foreign Affairs for featuring Andrew Krepinevich's essay ("The Pentagon's Wasting Assets") in its latest issue. Better late than never. The issues raised by Krepinevich may...

Pentagon Warns US Arms May be Obsolete - Sarah Baxter, The Times. America's traditional means of projecting power abroad is growing "increasingly obsolete" and its billion-dollar military hardware...

Surge and Destroy - Michael Smith, Sarah Baxter and Jerome Starkey, The Times. ... About 3,000 British, Danish, Estonian and Afghan soldiers from Task Force Helmand are taking part in the operation...

Charlie Rose - A conversation about Cyberwarfare with Michael McConnell, former Director of National Intelligence, James Lewis, Director, Technology and Public Policy Program, CSIS and David Sanger...

Our TypeKey / TypePad commenter authentication gizmo has stopped a LOT of spam, but it has also stopped lots of legit commenters dead in their tracks. For the few and proud who didn't have any...

A Pentagon Trailblazer, Rethinking U.S. Defense - Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times. Michí¨le A. Flournoy, one of the highest ranking women in the history of the Pentagon, did not have a...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy. Topics include: 1. U.S. soldiers won't be back to Iraq, 2. Who in the government is "expeditionary" and who is irrelevant?

Operation KHANJAR Task Force Leatherneck By Brig. Gen. Larry D. Nicholson, USMC Today, nearly 4,000 U.S. Marines and Sailors of Task Force Leatherneck, partnered with Afghan National Security Forces...

Beginning with a Charge: Doug Stanton and the Horse Soldiers" of Afghanistan Thursday, 9 July 2009 6:00 PM CST (Presentation and Live Webcast) Pritzker Military Library Chicago, Illinois Their...

Via e-mail from David Sobyra, Acting Director, Center for Complex Operations (CCO) - the latest issue of the CCO Newsletter. ... There are two items in particular that I would like to bring to your...

If you've ever read an Army manual and thought you could make it better if only the Army would give you a chance, your moment has arrived." --Army Times For the first time, the Army is using wikis to...

US Marines Launch Major Operation in Afghanistan - Rajiv Chandrasekaran Washington Post. Thousands of US Marines descended upon the volatile Helmand River valley in helicopters and armored convoys...