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Let's get something straight.  There's a strong streak of unapologetic curmudgeon in both Dave and me.  But it's not nearly as strong as the raging case of validation of preconceived...

The Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS) at the Department of State would like to announce the opening of recruiting for the Civilian Response Corps. Positions in the Civilian...

U.S. Military to Launch Pilot Program to Recruit New Local Afghan Militias - Anna Mulrine, U.S. News and World Report The U.S. military will soon launch a pilot program to raise local militias, paid...

The Army has released FM 7-0: Training for Full Spectrum Operations: The operational concept requires the Army to be ready to conduct simultaneous offense, defense, and stability or civil support...

Jules Crittenden has a great post at Forward Movement concerning The Battle of Bulge. It began at dawn on Dec. 16, 1944, 64 years ago today, with rapid assaults through the Ardennes forest, as the...

Dear Mr. Baldwin I was sent an email by Dr. Carter Malkasian stating that you wished to speak to me. I then quickly was informed that an article was published with a quote from this summer's CNA/...

Ain't this just dandy and a pisser to boot - those who have strived - and died - to ensure Iraq's freedom and future place as a responsible partner on the world scene are brushed aside for the latest...

US Accuses Britain Over Military Failings in Afghanistan - Tom Baldwin and Michael Evans, The Times The performance of Britain's overstretched military in Afghanistan is coming under sustained...

From Preponderance to Partnership: American Maritime Power in the 21st Century - Frank Hoffman, Center for a New American Security One of the most important national security challenges facing the...

High Noon Saloon & Brewery Located in the historic Great Western Manufacturing Building, Leavenworth, Kansas. Plucked from the Small Wars Council's Non-Virtual Community forum -- in the spirit...

Report Spotlights Iraq Rebuilding Blunders - James Glanz and Christian Miller, New York Times An unpublished 513-page federal history of the American-led reconstruction of Iraq depicts an effort...

We're back after ~18 hours of darkness. Sunspots, pesky old Al Qaeda, that annoying wing beating Amazonian butterfly, and maybe a little of our technical incompetence were to blame for our big...

Recently on an e-mail based discussion group in which I participate, there was some extended debate about how much language training was enough and which was more important, language training or...

Secretary Gates Urges Greater Balance in Military Capabilities by Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, in a Foreign Affairs magazine article, calls on the...

As a follow-on to this August entry on the SWJ Blog and Small Wars Council discussion thread on the Minerva Project, we received the following nice note from Corrie at the Stanford Humanities...

Building a Military for the 21st Century New Realities, New Priorities by Lawrence J. Korb, Peter Juul, Laura Conley, Major Myles B. Caggins III and Sean Duggan; Center for American Progress The next...

Africa Command Welcomes Army Component Southern European Task Force cased its old colors, ending the airborne chapter of its history, and uncased its new colors signifying acceptance of its new...

Via Galrahn at Information Dissemination - The US Naval Institute is now blogging. So far, so good. Glad to see USNI in the blogosphere. Also - check out Information Dissemination's main page for a...

Sons of Iraq: A Vote of Confidence for Reconciliation by Adam Weinstein, MNC-I Public Affairs Sons of Iraq: A Vote of Confidence for Reconciliation (Full PDF Article) In early November, as U.S....

US Army Training and Doctrine Command Change-of-Command Ceremony As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Fort Monroe, VA, Monday, December 08, 2008. Today, we pay tribute to the career...

Just spent an absolutely great 24 hours plus -- a 2 1/2 hour dinner last night with COIN Leadership Seminar panelists Colonel Steve Davis, Colonel Dave Maxwell and Lieutenant Colonel Paul Yingling;...

Delegate Beyond Point of Comfort by Ken White The tendency in the United State Armed Forces to micromanage is inimical to competency in combat and has adverse implications for doctrinal development...

Council member Cavguy (Major Niel Smith at the USA / USMC COIN Center) recommends Understanding Airpower: Bonfire of the Fallacies by Colin Gray. A great balanced paper on the capabilities and...

A Combat Vet's Reading List - Jules Crittenden at Forward Movement has the list, and a damn good one it is. Larry Gwin, former US Army captain, Silver Star, Purple Heart, XO of Alpha Co., 2/7 Cav,...

Via the Center for a New American Security: On December 5, as part of our ongoing discussion with veterans returning from the front line, the Center for a New American Security was pleased to...

Bob Andrews is the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. As a Special Forces officer, he conducted intelligence, long-range reconnaissance and covert operations during two tours in Vietnam...

December's Armed Forces Journal is online and here's the lineup: Terror at the Border by Robert Killebrew With American attention diverted to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the economic crisis...

'Day of Infamy' Lives On In Memory - Timothy Warren, Washington Times Sixty-seven years after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Edward K. Walker Jr. of Alexandria still "vividly" remembers...

Thanks Herschel One of the very few times SWJ takes a hard and fast opinion - after all - Bill and Dave are Soldiers of the Sea - or something like that... BDA - not encouraging here doggies... Now...

Our favorite anti-COIN Colonel, Gian Gentile, and yet SWJ friend - go figure that one out, continues his personal crusade in this recent International Herald Tribune opinion piece - Mired in 'Surge...