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My Foreign Policy column reviews "A Contest for Supremacy," essential reading on the geo-strategic situation in East Asia. I also explain why the F-16 upgrade deal with Taiwan may create...

Nir Rosen discusses armed struggle with army officers who have defected to join the opposition.

Michael D. Lumpkin and Navy Adm. William H. McRaven discussed future special operations needs in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee.

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Last week, Congressman Connie Mack (R - FL) chaired the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing regarding the evolution of drug cartels and the threat they pose to the Mexican government

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The Price of Becoming Addicted to Drones by David Ignatius, Washington Post.

Matthew Irvine reviews Joby Warrick's account of the inside attack on the CIA in Afghanistan.

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Afghan Peace Council Chief Killed in Attack on His Home by Alissa Rubin and Rick Gladstone, New York Times.

R2P is the New COIN by Mark Safranski at Zenpundit.

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Pentagon Should Think Twice Before It Cuts Ground Forces, Historians Warn by Sandra Erwin, National Defense.

In an era of the All Volunteer Force, the wars of the 9/11 generation invoked little to no national commitment.     

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Medal of Honor Recipient Recalls Deadly Ambush - David Martin, CBS 60 Minutes - Read the Story - Watch the Segment.

Russia is under no illusion that its military is very capable.

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My Foreign Policy column discusses a new deployment plan for the southwest Pacific. Also, does the Army need to be ready for another Afghan-sized training mission?

Inside Account of the Afghan Campaign

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Today President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Marine Dakota Meyer for actions in Afghanistan. Continue on for the AFPS report and a beer mug full of news links.

The fourth issue of Infinity Journal has recently been published.

The Perfect Officer: Military Brass Throughout History by Henrik Bering, Hoover Institution.

Dr. Robert J. Bunker testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere

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AADPP 3 Operations: Unified Land Operations (Abridged), 14 September 2011.

The Department of Defense has issued a change to the Unified Command Plan (UCP).

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