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Known Unknowns: Unconventional "Strategic Shocks" in Defense Strategy Development - Nathan P. Freier, Strategic Studies Institute The author provides the defense policy team a clear warning against...

Counterinsurgency (COIN) Leadership Seminar. On 8 December 2008 the US Marine Corps Center for Irregular Warfare (CIW) will host a Counterinsurgency Leadership Seminar at Little Hall (Base Theater),...

New York Times: It is not a stretch to say that Barack Obama faces stiffer, more vexing challenges on more fronts than any president in recent memory. In the coming weeks, the Opinion section will...

Last month the US Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center (COIN Center) solicited feedback concerning a statement made by General David Petraeus (Commander, US Central Command) as quoted by...

Colonel David Gurney (USMC Ret.), Editor of Joint Force Quarterly and Director of National Defense University Press, has again kindly permitted SWJ to post a Point - Counterpoint that will appear in...

Via e-mail and Andrew Exum at Abu Muqawama - some important weekend reading - Strategy for the Long Haul: An Army at the Crossroads by Andrew Krepinevich at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary...

Lieutenant General William Caldwell (aka Frontier 6), Commanding General of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, is not the only senior military officer who has embraced blogging -- just found out...

Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World (PDF - 33.5 MB) is the fourth unclassified report prepared by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in recent years that takes a long-term view of the...

Obama's War - Clifford May, National Review opinion American troops in Afghanistan are fighting what will soon become Barack Obama's war - not just because he will inherit it, but also because he...

Keep Gates - Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal opinion Reappointing Robert Gates as secretary of defense would be magnanimity with a purpose, a show of something better than cleverness, and that is...

A Framework for Success in Iraq - Michael Gerson, Washington Post opinion A war that once seemed likely to end in a panic of helicopters fleeing the American Embassy now seems destined to conclude...

Brian Bennett begins The General, Time Magazine, by reviewing the former concerns about LTG Odierno's kinetic old school style as the antithesis of COIN (an opinion commonly held here): When Ray...

A review of: The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower by Robert Baer.  Published by Crown, 2008. Reviewed by: Thomas (Tom) P. Odom LTC US Army (ret) Author,...

America's Best Leaders: US Junior Officers, Military - Anna Mulrine, US News and World Report They have been called upon to serve in bloody and complicated wars on two fronts, many for more than...

20 November World Grapples with Pirate Problem - Peter Spiegel and Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times The Saudis chose to negotiate. The Indian navy opened fire. The US Navy said shipping companies should...

CNAS Press Release - 19 November 2008 - David Kilcullen Joins CNAS as a Senior Fellow. The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to officially announce that Dr. David Kilcullen has...

I was struck during my recent visit to Afghanistan by an impressive understanding of counterinsurgency principles in the International Security Assistance Force and at subordinate headquarters (See...

Embedded video from CNN Video Fareed Zakaria (CNN) talks with Dr. David Kilcullen and Dr. Barnett Rubin about the best possible way to proceed in Afghanistan.

Panel Foresees Lesser US Role - Nicholas Kralev, Washington Times The top US intelligence panel this week is expected to issue a snapshot of the world in 2025, in a report that predicts fading...

The Autumn 2008 issue of the US Army War College's Parameters is posted. Parameters, a refereed journal of ideas and issues, provides a forum for the expression of mature thought on the art and...

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, released his guidance for 2008-2009 on 17 November. S. Dawn Casey of Talk Radio News Service on a recent press briefing by Admiral...

Talking With the Taliban by Paul McLeary at Aviation Week's Ares There's been a lot of talk lately about opening negotiations with the Taliban—or at least trying to pull in the "reconcilables...

Here There Bee (More) Pirates... and Might the Obama Administration Take Them Out? By Kenneth Anderson at Opinio Juris Somali pirates strike again, this time hijacking a Saudi-owned tanker off the...

Danger Room Debrief: Gang Threat Could Top Al Qaeda, Mr. President-Elect by Noah Shachtman at Wired Magazine's Danger Room ... Today we hear from John P. Sullivan, the co-founder of the Los Angeles...

Obama Dips Into Think Tank For Talent - Yochi Dreazen, Wall Street Journal The Center for a New American Security, a small think tank here with generally middle-of-the-road policy views, is rapidly...

Colonel David Gurney (USMC Ret.), Editor of Joint Force Quarterly and Director of National Defense University Press, has again kindly permitted SWJ to post an item that will appear in the January...

For Nation at War, Gates Seeks Smooth Transition - Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is approaching the presidential transition unlike any of his predecessors. He...

Concerning George Packer's Kilcullen on Afghanistan: It's Still Winnable, But Only Just at The New Yorker's Interesting Times - Richard Fernandez at Belmont Club sums up the dilemma we find ourselves...

Kilcullen on Afghanistan: It's Still Winnable, But Only Just - George Packer, The New Yorker's Interesting Times I wrote about David Kilcullen two years ago, in a piece called Knowing the Enemy. Few...

How to Win in Afghanistan - Michael O'Hanlon, Wall Street Journal opinion The war in Afghanistan is not going well, and the critical problem is the same one that dogged our efforts in Iraq for years...