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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...

The Tactical Excuse By Mike Innes (Cross-Post with CT Lab) Two posts on strategic focus helped crystalize a major criticism I've had of the kind of work done in the puzzle palace... natch, make that...

Just a quick note - SWJ will be attending the Center for New American Security's Third Annual Conference today. For those who can't attend, the conference will be streamed live on the CNAS website...

Carte Blanche for New US Commander in Afghanistan - Thom Shanker and Eric Schmitt, New York Times. The new American commander in Afghanistan has been given carte blanche to hand pick a dream team of...

Into the Great Unknown in Afghanistan by Judah Grunstein (Cross-Post with World Politics Review) After flagging this very valuable post by Tim Lynch on conditions in the southeast of Afghanistan,...

Washington Post - On Leadership in Combat: Craig Mullaney (Part 1) Washington Post - On Leadership in Combat: Craig Mullaney (Part 2) On Leadership is a new Washington Post section featuring a...

The Center for New American Security has released several new reports and working papers that will be presented at its third annual conference, Striking a Balance: A New American Security" on...

100 Years of COIN: What New Have We Learned? - David Betz, Kings of War. ... Having said all that, 2006 may represent something of a watershed; it's probably too soon to tell but my hunch is that...

Thin Red Line of Heroes - Stuart Koehl, Weekly Standard. ... the British role in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is slowly being consigned to the memory hole. To listen to most American...

David Kilcullen at the Pritzker Military Library - Tuesday, June 16, 2009 Pritzker Military Library 610 North Fairbanks Court, 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60611 Phone: 312.587.0234 RSVP: events@...

Training the Top Guns of Drone Aircraft - Julian Barnes, Los Angeles Times. The Pentagon is preparing to graduate its first pilots of unmanned drones from the elite US Air Force Weapons School - a...

The 'It' Think Tank - Carlos Lozada, Washington Post. It was no accident that former vice president Dick Cheney chose the American Enterprise Institute as the venue for his full-throated defense...

These are the young Americans who went thousands of miles and defeated the mightiest military empires ever unleashed against us. Sacrifice and the Greatest Generation - Tom Brokaw, Wall Street...

A nice - short - and to the point perspective by Simon Shercliff, the First Secretary Foreign Security and Policy at the British Embassy in DC - We Promise to Stay, and We Promise to Go: One small...

This week's SWJ contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick is now posted. Topics include - When Organized Crime Meets Terrorism and Does it Take a Network to Beat a Network?...

As promised previously here's the link to the full document - CNAS has now posted Triage: The Next Twelve Months in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Andrew Exum, Nathaniel Fick, Ahmed Humayun and David...

Continue on for news and opinion related to President Obama's Cairo Speech. We will be updating this page as additional items are published...

President Obama Speaks to the Muslim World from Cairo on 4 June 2009. Full Text of Barack Obama's Speech to the Muslim World - The Australian.

Earlier today I participated in a U.S. Joint Forces Command media teleconference and roundtable with Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward, Deputy Commander for USJFCOM and Rear Admiral Dan W. Davenport,...

SWJ has received an advance copy of a new Center for a New American Security (CNAS) report entitled Triage: The Next Twelve Months in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Andrew Exum, Nathaniel Fick, Ahmed...

Continue on for news related to LTG Stanley McChrystal 's Senate confirmation testimony today. We will be updating this page with additional items in the morning...

Pakistan an Enormous Risk to Global Stability: Kilcullen - Australian Broadcasting Corporation intereview with transcript and extended interview video. One of the world's top counter-insurgency...