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'3 Rounds, 3 Dead Bodies' - Scott Wilson, Ann Scott Tyson and Stephanie McCrummen, Washington Post. Three deft sniper shots ended a drama that appeared initially as another example of a muscle-bound...

Here it is, one of the best I've attended... CNAS Book Discussion - The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by David Kilcullen with Guest Speaker David Ignatius.

The Associated Press and others are reporting that Richard Phillips, Captain of the Maersk Alabama, was freed unharmed Sunday in a swift firefight that killed three of the four Somali pirates who had...

The AfPak Challenge - Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer opinion When Gen. David Petraeus testified on Capitol Hill 11 days ago about the new US policy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the story was...

Civilians Reassert Themselves in US Foreign - Dexter Filkens, New York Times ... The reassertion by civilian leaders is being led by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has promised to...

The War Within Islam - Jim Hoagland, Washington Post opinion "Leave me for the moment -- you can beat me again later," a 17-year-old girl begs between sobs in a video airing on Pakistan's private...

Talking to the Taliban - Robert Kaplan, The Atlantic No matter how much leverage you hold over a country, it is rare that you can get it to act against its core self-interest. The United States has...

SWJ's 12th weekly contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include - Gates's defense budget refights a very old battle - Governing from the shadows...

The Battlefield Can Be an Unforgiving Teacher - Janet Maslin, New York Times The Unforgiving Minute is former United States Army Capt. Craig M. Mullaney's brisk, candid memoir about his education...

The Good and Bad of Gates's Agenda - Max Boot, Commentary ... He proposed many initiatives that make sense. These include spending an extra $2 billion on intelligence, surveillance, and...

With a hat tip to Galrahn at Information Dissemination - Buy Ford, Not Ferrari by Commander Henry J. Hendrix, U.S. Navy at Proceedings. ... A key tenet of post-9/11 strategic thought is that...

Pentagon Chief: Why I Tore Up the Army's 'Future' - Noah Shachtman at Danger Room Of all the hard choices Defense Secretary Robert Gates had to make in his radical overhaul of the Pentagon's arsenal...

Newshour with Jim Lehrer Interview with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates By Judy Woodruff 7 April 2009 Bolded Emphasis by SWJ JUDY WOODRUFF: Secretary Robert Gates, thank you very much for talking...

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Defense Secretary Proposes Sweeping Defense Budget Changes - Greg Jaffe and Shailagh Murray, Washington Post Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlined sweeping...

Department of Defense Budget Press Briefing - As Prepared for Delivery by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Arlington, VA, Monday, 6 April 2009. Today, I am announcing the key decisions I will...

The New Balance: Limited Armed Stabilization and the Future of US Landpower - Nathan P. Freier, Strategic Studies Institute The author takes a critical look at the mission assignment and orientation...

The Army's Strategic Role - US Army Strategic Studies Institute - 2 through 15 April 2009. In this first debate, Mr. Nathan P. Freier, CSIS/PKSOI, and Dr. Steven Metz, SSI, discuss the future...

Short '06 Lebanon War Stokes Pentagon Debate - Greg Jaffe, Washington Post A war that ended three years ago and involved not a single U.S. soldier has become the subject of an increasingly heated...

Rewired For War: Militant Operating Environments By Michael Innes, Cross Post from CT Lab I just came out of a conversation with an editor at a major magazine, in which I was embarassingly incapable...

Gates Planning Major Changes In Programs, Defense Budget - R. Jeffrey Smith and Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is expected to announce on Monday the restructuring...

SWJ's 11th weekly contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include - Plan for two wars? Or plan for endless war? - and - How to cope with bad...

Provincial Reconstruction Teams: How Do We Know They Work? - Dr. Carter Malkasian and Dr. Gerald Meyerle, Strategic Studies Institute Over the past 6 years, provincial reconstruction teams (PRTs)...

Washington Post Presents Mexican Drug War Series The Washington Post today introduces the first installment in an on-going series, "Mexico at War: On the Front Lines," about the increasingly violent...

No Place to Hide - Andrew Exum, The New Republic When the Obama administration announced the results of its review of Afghanistan and Pakistan policies on Friday, reporters quizzing the review's...

... by Mark Safranski at ZenPundit. Thursday, in a statement that was issued in part for public diplomacy purposes, DNI Adm. Dennis Blair, dismissed any strategic implications regarding the strength...

White Paper of the Interagency Policy Group's Report on U.S. Policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan The United States has a vital national security interest in addressing the current and potential...

Obama Unveils Strategy for Afghanistan, Pakistan - Voice of America President Barack Obama has announced his plan to send about 4,000 more US troops to Afghanistan and increase diplomacy with...

... on 26 March before the Senate Armed Services AirLand Subcommittee. Dr. Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr., President, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments ... The Army's leadership has rightly...

Thomas Donnelly, a Resident Fellow in Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, appeared today before the Senate Armed Services AirLand Subcommittee. SWJ has posted a...

CT or COIN? - Fred Kaplan, Slate With just a week until President Barack Obama flies to Strasbourg, France, for his first NATO conference, his top advisers are still divided over what U.S. policy...