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Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is scheduled to brief Congress tomorrow (Thursday) concerning his efforts to find $100 billion in savings over five years from overhead and unnecessary programs. A...

Why Our Best Officers Are Leaving by Tim Kane at The Atlantic. BLUF: "An exclusive survey of West Point graduates shows that it's not just money. Increasingly, the military is creating a command...

In breaking news, the New York Times is quoting Pentagon and industry officials as saying Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is soon to announce the termination of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (...

15 Top Stories / Items of Interest: Hope for Peace Arises in one Afghan District - Washington Post Afghan Taliban Attack Sangin Truce Talks Elder - BBC News Reintegrated Taliban Fighters Allowed to...

The New York Times has more on A Question of Command: Counterinsurgency from the Civil War to Iraq by Dr. Mark Moyar. See C. J. Chiver's "What They Are Reading: 'A Question of Command'". BLUF...

Putting Some Fight Into Our Friends by Bing West, Newsweek opinion. BLUF: "There's a way out of Afghanistan, and it's not by winning more hearts and minds." Bing West, a frequent contributor to SWJ...

Small Wars Journal's Managing Editor Robert Haddick was interviewed today on Federal News Radio concerning his recent SWJ piece "New Year's Resolutions for the Pentagon". You can listen to the...

While everyone is still pondering New Year's Resolutions, here is a thoughtful, provocative essay by Dr. William Deresiewicz, over at the American Scholar, originally given to the plebe class at the...

Summary: Taiwan is increasingly a designer and producer of its own battlefield, anti-ship, and long-range land attack missiles. This commitment to the expense of homegrown missiles shows that Taiwan...

15 Top Stories / Items of Interest: U.S. Sees Progress in Eastern Afghanistan - National Journal U.S. General: Deal with Tribe in Taliban Bastion - Associated Press Agreement in Afghanistan Offers...

The Way Out of Afghanistan by Ahmed Rashid, The New York Review of Books opinion. "Here is a possible step-by-step approach, involving all the players, that is intended to build trust and confidence...

U.S. Sees Progress in Eastern Afghanistan - National Journal U.S. General: Deal with Tribe in Taliban Bastion - Associated Press Afghan Tribe Promises Peace for Foreign Aid - Wall Street Journal U.S...

U.S. Officials: White House Picks Special-ops Chief by Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press. AP reports that former U.S. counterterrorism ambassador Michael Sheehan is the choice to replace Michael...

Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda. Published by HarperCollins, New York. 784 pages, 2010. Reviewed by Commander Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN...

Tenay Guvendiren sent us and all wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  She and LTC Scott Downey penned two articles in Small Wars Journal about their experiences applying intel...

15 Top Stories / Items of Interest: Senator Proposes Permanent U.S. Bases in Afghanistan - Associated Press Air Force Doubles Manpower for Afghan Attacks - USA Today U.K.'s Afghan Mandate for Action...

How Petraeus Has Changed the Afghanistan War by Anna Mulrine at the Christian Science Monitor. "Gen. David Petraeus replaced Gen. Stanley McChrystal as head of U.S. forces in the Afghanistan war this...

15 Top Stories / Items of Interest: Homeland Security to Increase Activity, Agents in Afghanistan - Washington Post U.S. Stepping Up Fight on Afghan Smuggling - New York Times With Air Force's New...

The 16 brewing conflicts to watch for in 2011 are listed at Foreign Policy. Includes Sudan, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Somalia, Mexico, Colombia,...

Grey Eminence: Fox Conner and the Art of Mentorship by Edward Cox. Via the Grey Eminence web page: To those who have heard of him, Fox Conner's name is synonymous with mentorship. He is the "grey...

Afghan Report 2010 by Colonel Douglas Macgregor at The Washington Times. BLUF: "It's too soon to tell, but reductions in defense spending may demonstrate that it's far less expensive to protect the...

15 Top Stories: Afghanistan in Review: High Hopes and Big Obstacles - New York Times 2011 Seen as Make-or-Break Year for Afghan Mission - Los Angeles Times Taliban Leader Was Killed, Afghans Say -...

Roadhouse Blues Continue on for more of The Doors...

Only a few hours remain for policymakers to make their list of resolutions for the New Year. If Defense Secretary Robert Gates is still pondering his list, I offer up a few suggestions. Rumor has it...

Philippine Military: Counterinsurgency, Terrorism Operations Fruitful in 2010 - Xinhua via The Manila Bulletin. BLUF: "The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday it had further reduced the...

Via the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) and The Daily Telegraph: New English-Language al-Qaeda Explosives Manual Released Online. From ICSR: In the last few days, English...

15 Top Stories: U.S. Fights to Open School in Taliban Area - Associated Press Pakistan on Strike Against Bill to Amend Blasphemy Law - BBC News Islamists Lead Pakistan Strike In Political Crisis -...

The latest from the new AF-PAK poet laureate: What Poets Can Teach Us About the War in Afghanistan by Andrew J. Bacevich at The New Republic. BLUF: "If we fail to reach that end point in the Hindu...

Busy With Afghanistan, the U.S. Military Has No Time to Train for Big Wars by David Wood at Politics Daily. BLUF: "... problems are reason for a decisive shift at the Pentagon, according to an...

15 Top Stories: NATO: Militant Leaders Captured, Killed in Afghanistan - Voice of America Coalition Attacks Sap Key Insurgent Group - USA Today Fighting Erupts in Afghanistan's Tora Bora Mountains -...