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The Challenge of Retaining Majors in Our Army - Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV (aka Frontier 6) at the US Army Combined Arms Center Blog. A recent article in the Armed Forces Journal by...

Karzai Agrees with US Strategy, But Says No al-Qaida Bases in Afghanistan - Voice of America. Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he agrees with almost all elements of US President Barack Obama's...

Interviews with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Ambassador Richard Holbrooke - Real Clear Politics Holbrooke: This is a work in progress, quite frankly, Fareed. The Obama administration came...

Apple's New Weapon - Benjamin Sutherland, Newsweek Tying the hands of a person who is speaking, the Arab proverb goes, is akin to "tying his tongue." Western soldiers in Iraq know how important...

Gates Proposes Change in Strategy - Nancy A. Youssef and David Lightman, McClatchy News Service (Miami Herald) Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who often complains that the Pentagon isn't on a war...

Why We Should Get Rid of West Point - Tom Ricks, Washington Post opinion Want to trim the federal budget and improve the military at the same time? Shut down West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force...

Pentagon Jams Web, Radio Links of Taliban - Yochi Dreazen and Siobhan Gorman, Wall Street Journal The Obama administration is starting a broad effort in Pakistan and Afghanistan to prevent the...

Five part National Review video interview with General Jack Keane: At War with Gen. Jack Keane: Chapter 1 of 5 - Retired Gen. Jack Keane outlines the origins of the surge in Iraq — the...

SWJ's 13th weekly contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include fighting terrorism with psychotherapy and who should pay for Somalia's pirates?

Guess which countries are in deep trouble or bordering on the same? Matthew Bandyk at US News & World Report highlights the countries most in danger from the global recession. Countires in deep...

The April issue of the CTC Sentinel is now posted -- The Sentinel is the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point's public face and -- as many are now saying - an essential read. April's edition...

Today at Inside the Pentagon (subscription required) - Iregular Warfare Term Stirs Debate as DoD Prepares for QDR by Christopher J. Castelli. Here are several excepts: -- A QDR issue paper...

The Department of Homeland Security recently disseminated two FOUO reports - Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment (7 April...

Charlie Rose Show - A conversation about Somali piracy with Andrew Exum of the Center for New American Security and Robert Kaplan, Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security.

US Takes Afghan Strategy to Villages - Michael Phillips, Wall Street Journal The deepening US involvement in the Afghan war is forcing villagers to answer a dangerous question: Whose side are you on...

A Nuclear Talibanistan? - Tony Blankley, Washington Times / Real Clear Politics opinion Our view of Pakistan's role in the war in Afghanistan has undergone an ominous but necessary series of shifts...

'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...