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Past midnight, our wait for a flight at Camp Bastion, Helmand, had an eerie surreal feel. In the passenger lounge, scores of Marines, Brits, contractors and Afghans waited in relative quiet....

The Obama administration has presented to Congress a $60 billion arms sale package for Saudi Arabia's armed forces. The package, the largest ever approved by the U.S. government, will among other...

The video from last week's Conversation and Book Signing with Dave Kilcullen is now posted, on the Marine Corps Association YouTube channel.  Part one of eight below, the other parts are...

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Book Review:  The Terror of Natural Right: Republicanism, the Cult of Nature, and the French Revolution by Dan Edelstein.  Published by University Press of Chicago, Illinois.  2009...

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The U.K. released two national security related documents yesterday and today. The first is A Strong Britain in an Age of Uncertainty: The National Security Strategy and the second is A Strong...

An article in today's Wall Street Journal discussed the deteriorating security situation in Baghlan province, north of Kabul. According to the article, Taliban popularity is increasing because the...

More on Yemen, complementing the prior post on the Yemeni perspective on Al Qaida. Here's a 3 minute video outlining 10 of Yemen's significant internal problems.  The video is part of...

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Writings of Saeed Obeid al-Jamhi: A Fresh Yemeni Attack on al-Qaida Ideology by CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN As a member of the United States Armed Service given the privilege to be...

Book Review: The Junior Officers Reading Club: Killing Time and Fighting Wars by Patrick Hennessey.  Published by Riverhead Trade; reprint edition (September 7, 2010), 336 pages. ISBN...

.... Cutting the Marine Corps would be a risky strategy by Lieutenant Colonel Glen Butler in this morning's Washington Times. "Assuming the enemy will not raise the white flag anytime soon,...

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The Other Surge by Dan Green in Armed Forces Journal. While much of the public debate over the war in Afghanistan has focused on the "surge" of U.S. troops there and the effect of President Obama's...

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CBS News footage of the Battle for Hue City, RVN, 30 January - 3 March 1968.

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U.S.-China ties seemed to be on the mend at this week's ASEAN summit. Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Did Gates get China to back away from the South...

Gen. David Petraeus, top U.S and NATO commander (L), and Ambassador Mark Sedwill, NATO Senior Civilian Rep. in Afghanistan address discuss 'The International Mission in Afghanistan', at the United...

A Conversation and Book Signing with Dr. David Kilcullen ***Thanks to all who attended last night's conversation and book signing with Dr. David Kilcullen. Your contributions to the conversation...

My visit to Camp Leatherneck and the PRT at Lashkar Gah reinforced that Helmand is the land of extremes. Afghanistan's largest and longest province, Helmand also produces most of the poppy in...

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Debates over how to prepare for both major combat operations and stabilizations missions are not just for the Army. The Navy also faces the same questions, but with even more severe troubles with its...

Kandahar Air Field is a sprawling air base in the desert north of Kandahar City. It has a dusty acrid industrial feel. The international influence is everywhere. Tommy Horton's (the British equal...

Via e-mail from NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan: Five recent graduates from the first Afghan National Army female officer candidate school reported to the Afghan Air Force for further training Oct...

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