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From today's Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing on Strategic Options in Afghanistan and Pakistan - Testimony of Dr. Marin J. Strmecki, Senior Vice President and Director of Programs, Smith...

Afghanistan and Pakistan on the Brink: Framing U.S. Policy Options - Frederick Barton, Karin von Hippel, Mark Irvine, Thomas Patterson, and Mehlaqa Samdani; Center for Strategic and International...

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today made the following remarks to the American Enterprise Institute on Winning the War in Afghanistan: More than three years ago, I spoke at AEI about the war in...

Afghanistan and Iraq - What If? - Dexter Filkens, New York Times In their quiet moments, aid workers call it "the tragedy:" the billions of dollars that never arrived here. The troops that landed...

... in the current edition of U.S. News & World Report. Surge In Afghanistan Can Work, With Right Resources, Enough Time by John Nagl There is an increasingly intense desire to transfer lessons...

In war, the General Purpose Forces (GPF) and the Special Operations Forces (SOF) are needed in a sensible mix and they must work together. They do not now do that as well as they should. Previous...

The Winter 2008-2009 issue of the US Army War College's Parameters is posted. Parameters, a refereed journal of ideas and issues, provides a forum for the expression of mature thought on the art and...

Ike Skelton Chair of COIN US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth Kansas Limited Tenure NTE: 3 Years; Renewable -- Full Time Duties: The scope of duties of the Ike Skelton...

Wanted in Pakistan: Competent Counterinsurgency - George Packer, The New Yorker ... The US government has just released its new counterinsurgency guide for the civilian agencies, written under the...

Bravo! to the dedicated team of bureaucrats and thought leaders who toiled for 2 years to produce the new US Government Counterinsurgency Guide. This guide, written in a collaborative "whole of...

The U.S. Government Counterinsurgency Guide has now been officially posted to the U.S. Department of State offical web page. Organizations involved in the drafting of this document included...

The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education By Craig M. Mullaney If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty Seconds' worth of distance, run, Yours is the Earth and everything in it, And--...

Thanks to Mike Burgoyne for his recent email. He and co-author Albert Marckwardt previously provided SWJ readers a short story relevant to small unit leaders. Now you can get all that and more in...

State Dept. Cites 'Large Firefights' in Travel Alert on Mexico - William Booth, Washington Post The latest travel advisory for Mexico from the US State Department will certainly not please the...

SWJ's 7th weekly contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include - Afghan troop request? Approved. Afghan strategy? "Not pre-determined." -...

The Battle for Peace: A Frontline Vision of America's Power and Purpose - Anthony Zinni and Tony Koltz The intellectual complement to Zinni and Clancy's bestselling Battle Ready (2004), a narrative...

Follow this link for an interview posted by Reuters today with Dave Kilcullen. One key take-away: I see the Taliban as a loose confederation of shifting tactical alliances of convenience, and there'...

Janine's Speaker's Notes.... Combined Arms Center Senior Leader Conference Fort Leavenworth, KS, 3 February 2009 Earlier this month, I was invited to address the senior leaders of the U.S. Army's...

Laura Rozen at Foreign Policy's The Cable cites unnamed sources concerning the following DoD appointments: Ashton Carter is expected to be named soon as Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisitions,...

Via e-mail and subtitled A U.S. Army Member of an Iraq Provincial Reconstruction Team Offers Practical Advice to Foreign Service Colleagues. To the crew at Small Wars Journal: I'm a pretty...

From the Center for a New American Security: CNAS is thrilled to announce that Michele Flournoy, our President and Co-Founder, was confirmed by the Senate and sworn-in last week as the Under...

This is in reference to Ex Picks the Winners and Losers of The Gamble. It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done...

Mrs. Clinton Goes to Asia - Dan Blumenthal, National Review opinion Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's decision to make Asia the destination of her first official trip sends a positive signal to...

The Coming Swarm - John Arquilla, New York Times opinion With three Afghan government ministries in Kabul hit by simultaneous suicide attacks this week, by a total of just eight terrorists, it seems...

The Gamble: Winners and Losers - Andrew Exum at Abu Muqawama. The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 - Thomas Ricks Thomas E. Ricks uses hundreds...

Building Our Best Weapon. By Mike Mullen. We have learned, after seven years of war, that trust is the coin of the realm -- that building it takes time, losing it takes mere seconds, and maintaining...

... the main events may not even have happened yet. By Tom Ricks at the Washington Post. ... I don't think the Iraq war is over, and I worry that there is more to come than any of us suspect. A...

SWJ's 6th weekly contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include - General Petraeus's shopping list for Afghanistan - You really have only one...

U.S. Must Prepare for 'Hybrid' Warfare, General Says By John J. Kruzel American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2009 -- The U.S. military boasts dominant nuclear and conventional...

Thanks to Colonel Bob Jones for his post on Small Wars Council on the topic of Mindset, which triggered some of my recollections oon the sort of allied subject of unintended consequences and their...