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Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier - Corb Lund - H/T to Lou DiMarco - A Horse Soldier's Thoughts

SWJ's 10th weekly contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include - The generals declare war on "war adjectives" - Special operations forces - the...

Massed Bands at the Royal Tournament, July 1991.

Can We Defeat the Taliban? - David Kilcullen, National Review (Accidental Guerrilla book excerpt) On the basis of my field experience in 2005--08 in Iraq, Southeast Asia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan,...

Joint Warfare in the 21st Century - General James Mattis, Foreign Policy Research Institute General James Mattis, USMC, is NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and Commander, U.S. Joint...

America's Broken Interagency - Hon. Thomas A. Schweich, Foreign Policy Research Institute The Hon. Thomas A. Schweich is Visiting Professor of Law and Ambassador in Residence, Washington University...

Okay, you remember back a few years when those trying to figure out counterinsurgency were snapping up all available copies of Galula's 1964 Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice and...

How is Afghanistan Different from Al Anbar? By Carter Malkasian and Gerald Meyerle of the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA's Stability and Development Program) Al Anbar was a tough fight. Yet after...

Secretary Gates On Afghanistan Mission, Iraq Exit - National Public Radio (All Things Considered) - Listen Now. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says that the administration is currently reviewing...

The Emerging Obama Doctrine - Gordon Lubold, Christian Science Monitor As President Obama carves out his own foreign policy, there are signs that his use of military force overseas will be tempered...

SWJ's 9th weekly contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include - Who's in charge of cleaning up after a war? - Are weak states a bigger problem...

Defense Showstoppers: National Security Challenges for the Obama Administration Conference summary report by Michael P. Noonan at Foreign Policy Research Institute. On February 12, 2009, FPRI's...

A short note, via e-mail, from Major General Geoffrey Lambert, USA (Ret.), concerning the future threat posed by explosive devices: As we fight the current IED fight, we need to look to the future....

This paper comes to SWJ highly recommended by Dr. Erin Simpson of the Marine Corps University (aka Charlie at Abu Muqawama) - Counterinsurgency, the War on Terror, and the Laws of War - by Ganesh...

By Judah Grunstein, World Politics Review (SWJ cross-post) If you've been following the "COIN will breed COIN" debate, check out these posts by Andrew Exum, Matthew Yglesias and Spencer Ackerman. If...

I was a little nonplussed by Andrew Bacevich's review of my recent book, The Accidental Guerrilla (Oxford University Press, 2009). Mr Bacevich is a highly intelligent and knowledgeable man whose work...

Via e-mail from Lieutenant General Paul Van Riper, USMC (Ret.) on the recent SWJ discussion concerning Hybrid War and Threats: Contrary to what my good friend and fellow Marine, Frank Hoffman, argues...

By Ben Fitzgerald and Scott Brady Recent operational experience has identified the need for the United States Government to make better use of law enforcement concepts, skills and organizations to...

Dan Troy of the Consortium for Complex Operations (CCO) was kind enough to share with SWJ a CCO interview with Bing West, author of The Village, The March Up and No True Glory. Bing's latest book,...

Last April, over 200 people gathered in Washington D.C. for the State Department-sponsored kickoff of an innovative, web-enabled, interagency community of practice, the Consortium for Complex...

Greg Grant over at DoD Buzz (added to our blogroll) comments on SWJ posts Thoughts on "Hybrid" Conflict by Russ Glenn and Further Thoughts on Hybrid Threats by Frank Hoffman with "Hybrid War"...

Lot's of good stuff in the current issue of Foreign Policy. Here are the lead articles: The Axis of Upheaval by Niall Ferguson Forget Iran, Iraq, and North Korea—Bush's "Axis of Evil." As...

Thoughts on the "New Media" - compiled by Small Wars Journal Last weekend I sent out the following "RFI" to a number of bloggers I know: Andrew Exum's post / review of Tom Ricks' The Gamble several...

Since 1922, Military Review has provided a forum for the open exchange of ideas on military affairs. Subsequently, publications have proliferated throughout the Army education system that specialize...

I have previously argued that, while the central problem of international relations in the 20th century was states that were too strong (Germany, Imperial Japan, the Soviet Union), the primary...

The 2nd Quarter 2009 issue of Joint Force Quarterly is now posted. Joint Force Quarterly is published by the National Defense University Press for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. JFQ is...

Facing Language Gaps and 'Flying Trucks,' US Trains Afghan Pilots - Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times Col. James A. Brandon flew Black Hawks when Moscow was considered a mortal foe of the United...

SWJ's 8th weekly contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include - Mexico's troubles: a crime problem or a war? - The "U.S. Government...

Responsibly Ending the War in Iraq Remarks of President Barack Obama -- As Prepared for Delivery Camp Lejeune, North Carolina Friday, February 27, 2009 Good morning Marines. Good morning Camp Lejeune...

Be Realistic on Iraq and Afghanistan - Tom Barnett on Dave Kilcullen's SWJ piece Crunch Time in Afghanistan-Pakistan. Good, intelligent piece by Kilcullen. I think he is right on the Option A...