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Hat tip to Scared Monkeys - to these guys and gals we say this: ... and this: ... and coal in your stockings CSIRO.

U.S. Prepares to Fight 'Irregular' Wars for Years to Come - Al Pessin, Voice of America The U.S. Defense Department has taken several steps in recent weeks to ensure that hard won lessons in...

The first issue of Operational Culture, the newsletter of the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL) is on the streets. Go to the link for the full newsletter, what follows is the...

Our best wishes to you and yours this Christmas and for the new year. While not US Marines, these guys are our distant rogue cousins - much like Abu Muqawama - and we extend them a hearty Semper...

We received this "Who's Who" current history recap out of the blue from Hamid Hussain.  He was born and raised in Peshawar, is an allergist by profession, but has been unable to cure...

Defining Terrorism It Shouldn't be Confused with Insurgency By Haviland Smith at American Diplomacy During the presidency of George W. Bush, everything possible has been done to obfuscate and...

President George Bush Commander-in-Chief - Holiday Greeting President George W. Bush sent his best wishes for the holiday season and those of first lady Laura Bush to servicemembers around the world...

The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 by Thomas Ricks The Gamble will be released on 10 February 2009. Thomas E. Ricks uses hundreds of hours of...

Hat tip to Starbuck at Wings Over Iraq for pointing to this valuable travel advice by Rob Crilly at From the Frontline - how to plan a trip to Somalia: 1) Have you been to Somalia before? If yes...

The anti-COIN beat goes on with Gian Gentile's latest - this time at War and Game. Writing "current history" is not an easy task for historians because it involves delving into topics that are often...

Britain Has Lost the Stomach For a Fight - Michael Portillo, The Sunday Times opinion Last week Gordon Brown announced a date for Britain's withdrawal from Iraq. Most troops will be back in time for...

US Opens Fire on Brown's 'War Fatigue' - Sarah Baxter and Nicola Smith, The Sunday Times As the United States prepares for a troop "surge" in Afghanistan in the new year, Robert Gates, the defence...

Special Ops 'Surge' Sparks Debate - Sean Naylor, Army Times Defense Secretary Robert Gates' plan to deploy three additional combat brigades to Afghanistan by the summer has superseded a contentious...

I loved the paper by a team of guys trying to tackle a thorny issue - Irregular Warfare: Everything yet Nothing by Lieutenant Colonel (P) William Stevenson, Major Marshall Ecklund, Major Hun Soo Kim...

Persuasive Politics - Matt Armstrong (MountainRunner), Washington Times opinion "Repairing America's image" is a popular mantra these days, but discussions on revamping America's public diplomacy...

Survival Guide for Veterans - New York Times editorial Far too often, military veterans find themselves desperately short of the information they need as they make the torturous quest for benefits...

Outside View: Mexico's Criminal Insurgency - John P. Sullivan, United Press International (Middle East Times) Behind the headlines about kidnappings, assassinations and shootouts, the escalating...

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...