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Rewired For War: Militant Operating Environments By Michael Innes, Cross Post from CT Lab I just came out of a conversation with an editor at a major magazine, in which I was embarassingly incapable...

Gates Planning Major Changes In Programs, Defense Budget - R. Jeffrey Smith and Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is expected to announce on Monday the restructuring...

SWJ's 11th weekly contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick - is now posted. Topics include - Plan for two wars? Or plan for endless war? - and - How to cope with bad...

Provincial Reconstruction Teams: How Do We Know They Work? - Dr. Carter Malkasian and Dr. Gerald Meyerle, Strategic Studies Institute Over the past 6 years, provincial reconstruction teams (PRTs)...

Washington Post Presents Mexican Drug War Series The Washington Post today introduces the first installment in an on-going series, "Mexico at War: On the Front Lines," about the increasingly violent...

No Place to Hide - Andrew Exum, The New Republic When the Obama administration announced the results of its review of Afghanistan and Pakistan policies on Friday, reporters quizzing the review's...

... by Mark Safranski at ZenPundit. Thursday, in a statement that was issued in part for public diplomacy purposes, DNI Adm. Dennis Blair, dismissed any strategic implications regarding the strength...

White Paper of the Interagency Policy Group's Report on U.S. Policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan The United States has a vital national security interest in addressing the current and potential...

Obama Unveils Strategy for Afghanistan, Pakistan - Voice of America President Barack Obama has announced his plan to send about 4,000 more US troops to Afghanistan and increase diplomacy with...

... on 26 March before the Senate Armed Services AirLand Subcommittee. Dr. Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr., President, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments ... The Army's leadership has rightly...

Thomas Donnelly, a Resident Fellow in Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, appeared today before the Senate Armed Services AirLand Subcommittee. SWJ has posted a...

CT or COIN? - Fred Kaplan, Slate With just a week until President Barack Obama flies to Strasbourg, France, for his first NATO conference, his top advisers are still divided over what U.S. policy...

Expert Lauds Obama's Afghanistan Approach - National Public Radio's All Things Considered - 25 March 2009. David Kilcullen, a former senior counterinsurgency adviser to Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq,...

The new issue of the US Army / Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center Colloquium has been released and can be found at the COIN Center Blog. From the COIN Center - two articles of potential interest...

Saving Afghanistan - Robert Kaplan, The Atlantic Afghanistan is about to spike in the news this summer, as 17,000 more marines and soldiers arrive from the United States and pour into the southern...

Command Releases New Irregular Warfare Vision U.S. Joint Forces Command has released an irregular warfare vision designed to help develop joint forces that are as effective in conducting irregular...

The End of the Global War on Terror - Al Kamen, Washington Post's In The Loop The end of the Global War on Terror -- or at least the use of that phrase -- has been codified at the Pentagon. Reports...

Army's New Breed of Officers in Iraq Earn Their Spurs in Line of Fire - Michael Evans, The Times Operation Telic in Iraq was supposed to be about liberating a repressed people and rebuilding a...

Pentagon to Show Softer Side to the World - Gordon Lubold, Christian Science Monitor After seven years of war, American foreign policy has become nearly synonymous with the brawny side of its...

Statement of General James N. Mattis, USMC Commander, United States Joint Forces Command Before the House Armed Services Committee March 18, 2009 Thank you for the opportunity to report on United...

The Future of Public Diplomacy By Matt Armstrong - Cross Posted at MountainRunner The world increasingly operates on perceptions created by the "Now Media" environment. Governments must fully take...

We hope that our single-issue voters will at least attempt to look at this issue from all sides.   In The Know: New Iraqi Law Requires Waiting Period For Suicide Vest Purchases

We are at no risk of being on the cutting edge of technology, but we have made some updates to our site to blow some of the dust off it. Let me ask all our curmudgeons and luddites to just ignore...

I'll defer to Bill, Robert and our Council moderators to post their CPs...

Via e-mail from CCO: Dear CCO Members, Greetings from the CCO Support Center. Attached is the latest issue of the CCO Newsletter. We hope you will continue to find it an informative and useful...

A Conversation With David Kilcullen - Carlos Lozada, Washington Post interview Why is an Aussie anthropologist coaching American generals on how to win wars? David Kilcullen, an Australian army...

Our Role in Iraq's Year of Decision By Gary Anderson 2009 is being called a Year of Decision in Iraq. The counterinsurgency campaign will be largely turned over to Iraqi control. We have not...

Trends, Threats, and Expectations By Dr. Steven Metz I've just returned from a Department of Defense symposium which discussed the future strategic environment twenty years out. This was a useful...

Panel Announcement: New Media Agora Via Milblogging Conference - 24-25 April 2009, Washington, D.C. We're pleased to announce another panel, and moderator Greyhawk has tweaked the focus of the panel...

We just got word that SWJ's own Robert Haddick (This Week at War) will be a guest on WAMU's The Diane Rehm Show. Show-time is 1000 EST. Robert will participate as a panel member with Tom Shanker,...