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As the Iranian opposition takes its case to the country's religious leader, Joshua Keating at Foreign Policy lists - and provides background on - five hard-line mullahs who could stand in the way....

The New Counterinsurgency Era: Transforming the U.S. Military for Modern Wars By David H. Ucko SWJ friend and colleague David Ucko's latest contribution to our community of interest -- to be...

Army Faces Biggest Cuts Since Crimea - Michael Smith, The Times. The Ministry of Defence intends to cut army manpower to its lowest level since the Crimean war. Plans to axe three infantry...

Institutionalizing Stability Operations Lessons by Dr. Nadia Schadlow I like William Easterly because he's usually right on the money. The respected economist took on the aid-industrial complex in...

Commander Headquarters International Security Assistance Force Kabul Afghanistan APO AE 09356 Commander's Initial Guidance As of: 13 June 09 To the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Civilians...

We Don't Need the F-22 - New York Times editorial. You would think that with all the legitimate and expensive claims on the government pocketbook - including two wars, an economic crisis and...

A New Afghanistan Commander Rethinks How to Measure Success - Thom Shanker, New York Times. The new American commander in Afghanistan has ordered a 60-day review of the entire military mission to...

Click here to see the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy. Topics include: 1) Is counterinsurgency a woman's job? 2) Mexico is struggling with more than just drug cartels. I welcome your...

Iran Protesters Pour Onto Ahmadinejad's Home Turf - Borzou Daragahi, Ramin Mostaghim and Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times. The fourth day of demonstrations came as Iranians anticipated an address to the...

US Pursues a New Way To Rebuild in Afghanistan - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. .. Members of his (President Obama) national security team have concluded that the country requires not just...

The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by Dr. David Kilcullen. I'd like to share with the Small Wars Journal community my review of Dr. David Kilcullen's The...

This compilation of articles; Professors in the Trenches: Deployed Soldiers and Social Science Academics, edited by Rob W. Kurz of the Foreign Military Studies Office; originally appeared as a five-...

David Kilcullen at the Pritzker Military Library - Video from Tuesday's presentation on his book The Accidental Guerilla and other issues concerning fighting small wars in the midst of a big one....

While I'm on the subject of the day job -- kudos to John Robb -- he presented a very informative and well delivered briefing (Global Guerrillas -- go figure) today at the conference I'm attending....

To what extent is Iran's current political upheaval catalyzed, or even instigated, by sharply deteriorating economic and financial conditions inside the country? I pose the question but have no way...

General McChrystal's New Way of War - Max Boot, Wall Street Journal opinion. Gen. Stanley McChrystal was appointed commander in Afghanistan to shake up a troubled war effort. But one of his first...

The Pentagon's public affairs office has a new monthly report: a tally of the Army's suicides. This new report, issued on June 11, listed Army suicides (confirmed and potential) by soldiers on...

The Anatomy of the Long War's Failings - Frank G. Hoffman, Foreign Policy Research Institute. What we now sometimes refer to as the Long War began much earlier than the 9/11 attacks on America. But...

From Wings Over Iraq - Starbuck finally gets his copy of Rolling Stone's 2009 Hot List...

Near the end of his presentation last Thursday at the annual CNAS conference, General David Petraeus contrasted the 2008 battle for Sadr City with the 2004 battles for Fallujah. General Petraeus...

Small Wars Journal is very happy and proud to welcome aboard Robert Haddick. Robert joins SWJ as a regular blogger -- he already has 20 Small Wars Journal This Week at War posts at Foreign Policy...

AFRICOM Building Research Center - John Vandiver, Stars and Stripes. A social science research center is under development at US Africa Command headquarters, where researchers from the academic...

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cObama Orders Stephen's Haircut - Ray Odiernowww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorStephen Colbert in Iraq Under direct orders...

'Mindless' Basic Training Gets Some Smarts - David Wood, Politics Daily. When seasoned combat soldiers began returning from the war to help train new recruits here, the first thing they did was to...

Iran Declares Ahmadinejad Victor - Robert F. Worth, New York Times. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won Iran's presidential election in a landslide, officials of Iran's election commission said...

This Week at War is now posted at Foreign Policy. Topics include Is the U.S. Army the Slowest Student in Afghanistan? and How to Recover from Failure.

By His Own Rules: The Story of Donald Rumsfeld By Bradley Graham Book Description A penetrating political biography of the controversial Defense Secretary, by a longtime military affairs...

Inside the Surge: One Commander's Lessons in Counterinsurgency - Lieutenant Colonel Jim Crider, USA, and Thomas E. Ricks (Foreword), Center for a New American Security. When Lieutenant Colonel Jim...

Wall Street Journal senior national security correspondent Peter Spiegel dishes about his interview with the new US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal - the first interview with Gen....

Just a quick note of congratulations to the folks at the Center for a New American Security on one outstanding conference today. A great line-up of speakers and panelists -- with a wide range of...