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Gates Sharpens Rhetoric In Dispute on F-22 Funds - Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates made an impassioned case Thursday for terminating the F-22 program after production...

Happy Talk About War Doesn't Fly With Troops on the Ground - David Wood, Politics Daily. ... If we learned anything from conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, it is that war is uncontrollable. That it...

Iran Simmers, America Moves On - Wall Street Journal editorial. That didn't take long. President Obama last week gave Mahmoud Ahmadinejad an autumn deadline to negotiate over Iran's nuclear program...

Kicking The CIA (Again) - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. As other countries watch the United States lacerate its intelligence service - for activities already investigated or never...

The Surge: A Military History By Kimberly Kagan Book Description: Understanding the role of combat in the Iraq war is essential for both the American people and the U.S. military. Recognizing the...

What to Read on Fighting Insurgencies - Eliot A. Cohen, Foreign Affairs. Interest in counterinsurgency comes and goes. During the 1950s and 1960s, soldiers, politicians, and scholars wrote...

Is It Worth It? - The Difficult Case for War in Afghanistan - Stephen Biddle, The American Interest. The war in Afghanistan has been nearly invisible to the American public since its initial combat...

Pentagon Deploys New Troops to Iraq, With a Twist - Gordon Lubold, Christian Science Monitor. The Pentagon announced new troop deployments Tuesday that begin to formalize the role of soldiers in...

After suffering another humiliating defeat in local elections in Tokyo, Prime Minister Taro Aso has called for a general election for Japan's lower house of parliament to be held on August 30. Aso's...

Last Saturday, Mexico's federal police and army paid the price for arresting Arnold Rueda Medina, a lieutenant in Mexico's La Familia drug cartel. The urgent question is whether Mexico's institutions...

Jules Crittenden of Forward Movement e-mails: OK, I'm confused. I thought that was what they were supposed to be doing. I'm pretty sure that's what Bill Clinton had in mind when he was lobbing...

Striking a Balance - Frank G. Hoffman, Armed Forces Journal. We are in another post-Iraq war debate about how to best posture our military investments for the future. The 2010 Quadrennial Defense...

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...