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Mexico's Narco-Insurgency and U.S. Counterdrug Policy - Hal Brands, US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute. In late 2007, the U.S. and Mexican governments unveiled the Merida Initiative....

The helo flight to Camp Wright in Asadabad took us to the central front of the counterinsurgency battle for RC East. Kunar is the most dangerous province in the East, yet also features some vibrant...

Gian Gentile: Exposing Counterfeit COIN - Kelley B. Vlahos, Antiwar.com. ... Hadn't you heard of Gian Gentile? He shook his head. He's active duty. He's West Point, I pressed on. He's at the...

A Balanced Approach to Irregular Warfare - Admiral Eric T. Olson, The Journal of International Security Affairs. To successfully deter and confront the global insurgency threatening the world and...

The road from Kabul to Jalalabad is as spectacular a drive as you can find. Toyota Corollas and jingle trucks snake along a river that cuts through dramatic mountains, along the edge of spectacular...

FM 3-24.2, Tactics in Counterinsurgency was released on 21 April and is available here at Small Wars Journal. This field manual establishes doctrine (fundamental principles) for tactical...

This week we published Army Field Manual 3-07.1: Security Force Assistance. In it, we seek to capture in doctrine our many years of experience in building partner security forces. Security Force...

'Hybrid War' to Pull U.S. Military in Two Directions, Flournoy Says By John J. Kruzel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 4, 2009 -- The type of hybrid warfare" that defense experts predict...

Nick Dowling is on his way to Eastern Afghanistan - SWJ asked him to share his observations as time and Internet access permits: Kabul is smaller than I thought it would be. It seems like more of a...

Here's a link to a video recording of The New Media Agora Panel at the 2009 Milblog Conference. Left to Right on the video: Bill Roggio of The Long War Journal, Bill Nagle of Small Wars Journal and...

Dissecting war and placing it into various bins' may seduce us into believing that we have somehow discovered a way to make it coherent. However, we'd be wrong. War is war. The threats we face are...

Nick Dowling is on his way to Eastern Afghanistan - SWJ asked him to share his observations as time and Internet access permits: The Al Muntaha restaurant and bar sits majestically atop the legendary...

US Drone Attacks in Pakistan 'Backfiring,' Congress Told - Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times opinion. David Kilcullen is no soft-headed peacenik. He's a beefy, 41-year-old former Australian army...

Moment of Truth in Pakistan - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. President Obama convened a crisis meeting at the White House last Monday to hear a report from Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of...

US General Says Pakistan Could be Just Two Weeks from Collapse - Isambard Wilkinson, Daily Telegraph. There may be just two weeks left to prevent the Taliban from overthrowing Pakistan's government...

Ex-Spy Sits Down With Islamists and the West - Robert F. Worth, New York Times. Talking to Islamists is the new order of the day in Washington and London. The Obama administration wants a dialogue...

This week's SWJ contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include - Do Pakistan's leaders lack an instinct for survival? - Will the United States...

Training Afghans as Bullets Fly: A Young Marine's Dream Job - C. J. Chivers, New York Times Three stone houses and a cluster of sandbagged bunkers cling to a slope above the Korangal Valley, forming...

"The American Military Advisor" - Michael J. Metrinko, Middle East Quarterly In the post-9/11 world, an advisory position at the political and strategic level in the Islamic world can have great and...

US Takes Dutch Military as Role Model in Afghan Operation - Jay Solomon, Wall Street Journal The Obama administration, which wants to send hundreds of additional civilian personnel into Afghanistan...

National Security Facilitator - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. One of the puzzles of the Obama administration's first few months was how the National Security Council would work under Gen...

Gates's Next Lever to Reshape the Pentagon: QDR - Gordon Lubold, Christian Science Monitor Defense Secretary Robert Gates's bid to remake the Pentagon enters a new and crucial phase this week as the...

MEDIA ADVISORY April 29, 2009 2009 Joint Warfighting Conference Addresses Key Themes of Building a Balanced Joint Force Norfolk, Va. -- U. S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) will address the theme...

Been on two road trips and missed getting an early jump on Dave Kilcullen's testimony before the House Armed Services Committee concerning the situation in Pakistan. They dragged Dave out of our...

Petraeus Calls On Pakistan To Redirect Military Focus - Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post. Gen. David H. Petraeus warned yesterday that al-Qaeda and Taliban extremists in Pakistan are posing "an ever...

Storm of Violence in Iraq Strains Its Security Forces - Steven Lee Meyers and Sam Dagher, New York Times. A deadly outburst of violence appears to be overwhelming Iraq's police and military forces as...

Three views concerning the use of private military companies by the US Government at The American Interest. The Mercenary Debate by Deborah Avant. Private security contracting undermines democratic...

Local Wars - Janine di Giovanni, New York Times Book Review The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by Dr. David Kilcullen David Kilcullen is a former officer in the...

Below is a copy of this 1971 memo from General Volney F. Warner (then the Executive Officer and Senior Aide to the Army Chief of Staff) to General William C. Westmoreland (then the Army Chief of...

SWJ's 14th weekly contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include attacks begin on the Afghan war "consensus" and do Defense and State need a...