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Allied Officers Concerned by Lack of Afghan Forces - Richard A. Oppel, Jr., New York Times. One week after several battalions of Marines swept through the Helmand River valley, military commanders...

Thoughts on Operations in Southern Afghanistan - Major General (Ret.) Jim Molan at Lowy Institute's The Interpreter. Due to the dramatic failure of NATO to conduct out-of-area operations, making...

Foreign Fighter Problem Sponsored by the Foreign Policy Research Institute Tues.-Weds., July 14--15, 2009 National Press Club 529-14th St NW, 13th Fl. Washington, DC 20045 On the battlefields of Iraq...

Has Israel received a "green light" from both the U.S. and Saudi governments to execute an air raid on Iran's nuclear complex? Those were stories that came out over the weekend, one from a television...

Defense Secretary During Vietnam Build-up Dies at 93 By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 6, 2009 -- The defense secretary who presided over the department during the Cuban...

I applaud the editors of Foreign Affairs for featuring Andrew Krepinevich's essay ("The Pentagon's Wasting Assets") in its latest issue. Better late than never. The issues raised by Krepinevich may...

Pentagon Warns US Arms May be Obsolete - Sarah Baxter, The Times. America's traditional means of projecting power abroad is growing "increasingly obsolete" and its billion-dollar military hardware...

Surge and Destroy - Michael Smith, Sarah Baxter and Jerome Starkey, The Times. ... About 3,000 British, Danish, Estonian and Afghan soldiers from Task Force Helmand are taking part in the operation...

Charlie Rose - A conversation about Cyberwarfare with Michael McConnell, former Director of National Intelligence, James Lewis, Director, Technology and Public Policy Program, CSIS and David Sanger...

Our TypeKey / TypePad commenter authentication gizmo has stopped a LOT of spam, but it has also stopped lots of legit commenters dead in their tracks. For the few and proud who didn't have any...

A Pentagon Trailblazer, Rethinking U.S. Defense - Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times. Michí¨le A. Flournoy, one of the highest ranking women in the history of the Pentagon, did not have a...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy. Topics include: 1. U.S. soldiers won't be back to Iraq, 2. Who in the government is "expeditionary" and who is irrelevant?

Operation KHANJAR Task Force Leatherneck By Brig. Gen. Larry D. Nicholson, USMC Today, nearly 4,000 U.S. Marines and Sailors of Task Force Leatherneck, partnered with Afghan National Security Forces...

Beginning with a Charge: Doug Stanton and the Horse Soldiers" of Afghanistan Thursday, 9 July 2009 6:00 PM CST (Presentation and Live Webcast) Pritzker Military Library Chicago, Illinois Their...

Via e-mail from David Sobyra, Acting Director, Center for Complex Operations (CCO) - the latest issue of the CCO Newsletter. ... There are two items in particular that I would like to bring to your...

If you've ever read an Army manual and thought you could make it better if only the Army would give you a chance, your moment has arrived." --Army Times For the first time, the Army is using wikis to...

US Marines Launch Major Operation in Afghanistan - Rajiv Chandrasekaran Washington Post. Thousands of US Marines descended upon the volatile Helmand River valley in helicopters and armored convoys...

DoD Announces New Defense Policy Board Members Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates today announced the following new members to the Defense Policy Board: Gen. (Ret) Larry Welch, former Air Force...

Call in the Cavalry! - Patrick Devenny, Foreign Policy. As American troops in Afghanistan seek to rebuild a flagging campaign, they might do well to read up on the lessons of another troubled Afghan...

It's not often when a SWJ friend lands a starring role in a network news series -- so we were quite excited when we learned that Roger Carstens will be co-starring in NBC News' The Wanted....

Those who have followed the pleadings of General James Conway, USMC know that the commandant of the Marine Corps wants his Marines out of Iraq and into Afghanistan. But there is also the matter of...

Election Security Planning in Afghanistan The US Army/USMC Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host Mr. Nick Maroukis at the COIN Center Virtual-Brownbag from 1200 to 1300 CST (1300 - 1400 EST)...

In the last edition of my column at Foreign Policy I discussed how Israel's messy campaign against Hezbollah in 2006 has become the focus of the Pentagon's policy shop. The accepted wisdom inside...

Hat tip to Zenpundit Mark Safranski for the lead on Steven Pressfield's blog It's the Tribes, Stupid. Added to our blogroll... This five-part series is about war in Afghanistan, ancient and modern...

Pakistan Army Operation Hinders Taliban Efforts in Afghanistan, US Says - Greg Miller, Los Angeles Times. Pakistan's military offensive against the Taliban has slowed the flow of arms and fighters...

Click here to see the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy. Topics include: 1) Will protecting part of Afghanistan's population mean losing the rest? 2) Hezbollah captures the Pentagon's war...

Sometimes we get so focused here at SWJ on what others are saying we miss the very good stuff in our own backyard - so implies Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette. Council members get down and dirty...

One Army or Two? - asks Greg Grant at DoD Buzz. ... Does that ability of troops to shift back and forth seamlessly between different types of operations hold across the board? I would argue that it'...

Ed. Note - the following comment was received via email and is posted in its entirety. As the Army's senior leader on suicide prevention, I would like to add a few comments regarding Robert Haddick's...

The Charlie Rose Show - The New Strategy in Afghanistan with David Kilcullen, David Barno, and Tom Ricks.