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The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is live webcasting a Military Strategy Forum on Thursday, July 29, at 9:15am. General Douglas M. Fraser, Commander, U.S. Southern Command (...

The COMISAF Counterinsurgency Guidance was prematurely released. It has been requested that the COIN Center remove the Guidance and the associated post from their web site. Small Wars Journal has...

Excerpt from Newsweek's review of Dr. David Kilcullen's Counterinsurgency: ... Last call for Kool-Aid. In decades past, many have criticized the military-industrial complex for not only being...

Taliban Responds to WikiLeaks - Mushtaq Yusufzai, The Daily Beast. Responding to WikiLeaks' release of tens of thousands of pages of classified military documents about the war in Afghanistan, a...

Middle East Studies (MES) at Marine Corps University (MCU) has established an occasional paper and newsletter series entitled "MES Insights". MES Insights is available at the MES website. Included in...

Effective and Efficient Training and Advising in Pakistan -- Major Jason A. Johnston and Stephen C. Taylor, Naval Postgraduate School Master Thesis. When we think of Foreign Internal Defense (FID),...

Perspectives on Reconciliation Options in Afghanistan - U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. Senator John Kerry - Download Statement Senator Richard Lugar - Download...

Sunday night's post: NYT: The Afghanistan War Logs The Pentagon Papers they're not. The New York Times and the Guardian, among others, are touting the massive leak of 92,000 classified documents...

Getting Lost in the Fog of War - Andrew Exum, New York Times opinion piece concerning the WikiLeaks release.

So recommends the Defense Business Board, an official advisory board that reports to Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The news of the board's pending recommendations came in a Defense News story. Here...

The Assange Leaks: What's New About the WikiLeaks Data? - Joshua Foust, Columbia Journalism Review. Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has compared his organization's latest leak of almost 92...

The War Logs: "An archive of classified military documents offers an unvarnished view of the war in Afghanistan" - New York Times. More Massive Leak of Secret Files Exposes Truth of Occupation - The...

Top US Officer Says It's Time to Execute Afghan Plan - Al Pessin, Voice of America. The top U.S. military officer is on a visit to Afghanistan, where he says the coalition effort is in its execution...

In Afghanistan, Why Does Counterinsurgency Work in Some Places But Not Others? - Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Washington Post. Concerns COIN efforts in Nawa and Marja.

The International Herald Tribune and Daily Telegraph are reporting this morning that General David Petraeus "has decided that a full-scale military encirclement and invasion of Kandahar was not an...

The Great Myth: Counterinsurgency - Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus. There are moments that define a war. Just such a one occurred on June 21, when Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke and U.S....

"Caution and cynicism is safe, but soldiers don't want to follow cautious cynics. I'd do somethings in my career differently, but not many. I believed in people, and I still believe in them. I...

Female Suicide Bombers The New Threat in Afghanistan by Matthew P. Dearing Amidst the disarray following General McChrystal's interview with Rolling Stone, a much less reported but profound...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) China picks a foolish fight over the Yellow Sea. 2) The Army's next nightmare scenario China picks a foolish fight over...

Admiral Mullen: Afghanistan Can 'Turn' by Obama Deadline - Al Pessin, Voice of America. The top U.S. military officer says critics who claim it will take years to even have a chance to defeat the...

Counterinsurgency and Its Discontents - David Ucko, Kings of War. As I hear more voices join the chorus against counterinsurgency, both its theory and its practice, I get the sense that the '...

Intervention at Kabul Conference Transcript Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State Kabul, Afghanistan July 20, 2010 SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, Minister Rassoul. And I am honored to...

REMINDER: COIN Center Webcast - Thursday, 22 July 2010 at 10 A.M. Central. The US Army/USMC Counterinsurgency Center is pleased to host Major Nathan Springer, U.S. Army: from 1000 CST, (1100 EST), (...

Colonel John J. 'Jack' McCuen - March 30, 1926 to July 18, 2010. Col. McCuen was an author, lecturer, business executive and a consultant on Irregular Warfare, Counterinsurgency and Hybrid War. He...

Afghanistan's New Minister of Interior: A Potential Game Changer - Dr. Mark Moyar, Orbis Operations. During the Obama administration's strategic review last year, the U.S. government and media paid...

Tom Ricks is keeper of the list.

The average response to the Washington Post's expose on the intelligence community's (IC) vast spending on counter-terrorism seems to be a shrug -- if the Washington Beltway responded to 9/11 with a...

Victory Has a Thousand Fathers: Sources of Success in Counterinsurgency - Christopher Paul, Colin P. Clarke, and Beth Grill; Rand Monograph. Insurgency has been the most prevalent form of armed...

What to Make of 'Top Secret America?' - Joshua Foust, PBS. ... While more than a few journalists have tracked the intelligence community over the years, most have focused only on contracting and...

DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE WASHINGTON, DC 20511 July 19, 2010 Acting Director of National Intelligence, David C. Gompert, reaction to the Washington Post series. This morning, the Washington...