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Better understanding Al Qaeda's narrative can provide a more efficient strategy for the War on Terror.

This is harder than it should be.

Is current US foreign policy in need of mental health intervention?

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Spin Machine by Major William B. Taylor, Armed Forces Journal. BLUF: “The coalition is desperate to demonstrate success in any form in order to generate momentum for continued political...

From the ISAF Website:   ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan 2011-08-S-025  For Immediate Release     KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 10, 2011) – Coalition...

Author expands on Propaganda of the Deed.

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Lesson of Afghanistan Crash Is Not to Rush for Exit by Mark Moyar, Bloomberg. BLUF: “The destruction of a single helicopter tells us nothing about who is winning the war. The larger...

There is a popular narrative regarding Somalia that no successful humanitarian operation can be conducted there. Like all narratives, this one exists to tell a complex story in simple terms; as...

Over the next four weeks the US Army COIN Center will feature guests discussing key aspects of FM 3-24.

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My latest, Men at War: Come Home with Your Shield, or On It.

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Immediate issues in our far-from-elegant platform transition. And we thought the whole OIF Phase 4 thing was a mess.  Jeez!

Defense Spending in Washington Spotlight by Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle. BLUF: “Two Californians will be central to the outcome (US defense budget future). One is House Minority...

The pictures of starving Somalis are back. Not since the horrific famine and infamous Black Hawk down incident of the early 1990s has a Horn of Africa country dominated so much attention.

Direct Observations of a Contractor in Iraq.

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Colorful Maps: The Military's Costly Weapon in the War in Afghanistan by Joshua Foust, The Atlantic. BLUF: “USAID has more fundamental problems than a lack of geospatial analysis that is...

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Half of NATO’s Trainers Could Stay in Afghanistan Past 2014 by William Marsden, National Post. BLUF: “NATO trainers will continue to mentor and train Afghan army and police for years...

My column this week at Foreign Policy explains how the U.S. debt crisis will change strategic assumptions and security strategies not only in Washington but across the world. I also explain why...

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US Joint Forces Command, established in 1999 to champion getting all branches of the military to work together more closely, cased its colors today at a ceremony in Suffolk, VA.

A brief orientation to what has changed, and what else is to come.