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Thanks, Mandy, for the info and for your role in bringing DNI back to a state of suspended animation. DNI had a ten year run, closing its doors at http://d-n-i.net last November. There's a site of...

Hamkari Baraye Kandahar aka Deepwater Horizon Containing both will be slow, but doable by Jonathan Pan The upcoming Kandahar operation "Hamkari Baraye Kandahar" reminds me of the Deepwater...

A Time for Sergeants: COIN Success at the Company and Platoon Level in Afghanistan. This document was authored by Sean McKenna and Russ Hampsey. Both Sean and Russ are retired officers of the Special...

Unconventional Counterinsurgency: Leveraging Traditional Social Networks and Irregular Forces in Remote and Ungoverned Areas by Major John D. Litchfield. U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies...

After almost a decade of war and in an era of persistent conflict, I think it's important that we take some time to be introspective and think about what it means to be a part of a profession. As...

New feature here: Small Wars Journal's Saturday Night Quote (SWJ SNQ). Once a week we'll highlight a quote of particular note, insightfulness, or just damn funny - or maybe two or three if our site...

The Military We Need: Maintaining the All-Volunteer Force - Tom Donnelly, AEI Center for Defense Studies. Col. Paul Yingling is one of the most thoughtful soldiers of his generation. In particular...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Do we have the guts to enforce the new Iran sanctions? 2) Is Afghan development assistance making the problem worse? Do...

The New (and Old) Classics of Counterinsurgency - Laleh Khalili, Middle East Report. ... Counterinsurgency doctrine is interpreted, expanded and sometimes challenged in the proliferation of...

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has recommended General James Mattis, USMC to be the next commander of U.S. Central Command. Here is an excerpt from the DoD website: If confirmed by the Senate,...

Understanding Al Qaeda's True Center of Gravity A Book Review of: Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat, by Commander Youssef H. Aboul-Enein, USN Reviewed by: Malcolm...

We have received permission to post the French Army manual Doctrine for Counterinsurgency at the Tactical Level, dated April 2010. H/T Lieutenant Colonel Franí§ois de Jaburn, Troupes de Marine...

Reality, Strategy and Afghanistan: Some Questions - Mark Safranski, Zenpundit. Are all the strategic objectives in Afghanistan clearly defined and acheivable by military force? Of the operational...

Call for Papers: Grounded Projections for a Vision of Alternative Futures The Army Capabilities Integration Center's Future Warfare Division is sponsoring a symposium entitled Grounded Projections...

Counterinsurgency in Pakistan - Seth G. Jones and C. Christine Fair, Rand Monograph. Since 2001, Pakistan has undertaken a number of operations against militant groups, including al Qa'ida, that...

Middle East Studies at Marine Corps University invites you to a presentation by Mr. Haider Mullick, a Fellow at U.S. Joint Special Operations University and the Institute for Social Policy and...

A Warrior Ethos by Bing West at National Interest online.  Hat tip to Carl for sending this along: Bing West wrote a very good article/book review dated June 28, 2010.  Like all his...

Our June beg-a-thon has come to a graceful conclusion.  With the generous support of a committed core group of Small Warriors, we raised almost $10,000 -- $9,695 to be precise. On the one...

Gen. Petraeus Assumes Command of ISAF - SFC Matthew Chlosta , ISAF Public Affairs Office U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus emphasized the continuity of the counterinsurgency strategy as he assumed...

Pentagon Tightens Interview Rules - Voice of America U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered top military officials to inform the Pentagon before giving interviews to news media. The new...

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Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The Pentagon's entitlement spending problem, 2) The U.S. is a spectator at Afghanistan's end game. The Pentagon's...

What Really Happened at Wanat - Kirk Ross, Proceedings. Some press accounts have placed blame for M4 carbine malfunctions at the Battle of Wanat, Afghanistan, squarely on the weapon's manufacturer....

Center for Naval Analyses Workshop While the United States has focused on the role of Pakistan in Afghanistan, the role of India has remained largely overlooked. Since 2001, India has restored...

Joe Galloway - Steven Pressfield interview with the man who set the standard for today's journalists. You ask me to analyze what has always made me jump when others might pause. Tough question. I've...

President Obama's 2011 Deadline in Afghanistan Stirs Controversy Ravi Khanna Voice of America The change in the US military command in Afghanistan has brought to the forefront yet again the...

This week the American Enterprise Institute published an essay I wrote about containing and deterring Iran ("If war is not the answer"). The theme: An explicit U.S. security guarantee protecting...

Legitimizing Army Psychological Operations, by Alfred Paddock, Jr., was published earlier this year in Joint Force Quarterly and expands on Paddock's Small Wars Journal article PSYOP: On a Complete...

Afghanistan Tests Petraeus' Counterinsurgency Mettle - Jackie Northam, National Public Radio. Gen. David Petraeus' nomination as top U.S. commander in Afghanistan comes at a critical time. June has...

The Red Flag: A History of Communism by David Priestland. Published by Grove Press, New York.  655 pages, 2009.  Reviewed by Commander Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN  America's...