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HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868 I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise...

No Magic Bullet on Iran - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. When U.S. and Israeli officials say that "all options are on the table" for stopping Iran from gaining nuclear weapons, that's...

What the Tigers Taught Al-Qaeda - Mia Bloom, Washington Post opinion. It took a pitched two-hour gun battle with Sri Lankan special forces. Then a rocket launched into his armor-plated ambulance....

Ending the Neverending War - Reviewed by John Nagl, Azure The Forever War: Dispatches from the War on Terror by Dexter Filkins Knopf, 2008, 368 pages Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and...

My flight from Kabul to Delhi was at 9:40 am on Indian Airlines, the national carrier of India. I was flying through Delhi on my way to visit some friends in Kathmandu, Nepal. I figured I was in...

This week's SWJ contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick is now posted. Topics include - Losing the media war to the Taliban and Pakistan's hedges are growing wild.

Transforming the National Security Culture A Report of the Harvard Kennedy School's Defense Leadership Project Transforming the National Security Culture (Full PDF Report) From the Preface General...

Secretary Eric Shinseki: Past and Future By Captain Timothy Hsia "We are looking at the future of the force mix, examining what it is going to look like in the years ahead, and it's possible at the...

Via CavGuy at the Council.

SWJ has been a long time fan of the reporting and analysis of David Wood, most recently of the Baltimore Sun. Via Politico: Seasoned military writer David Wood, who left the Baltimore Sun during the...

Charlie Rose Show: A conversation about the Obama-Netanyahu meeting with Jim Hoagland, Rashid Khalidi, Bret Stephens and Lally Weymouth.

The drive up the Panjshir valley, north of Kabul, offers both spectacle and history. Ahmed Shah Massoud, the Lion of Panjshir, remains a legend in Afghanistan, particularly among Tajiks. The famed...

Starbuck at Wings Over Iraq says Curse You, Small Wars Journal! His ire is directed at Frank Hoffman, something to do about hybrid war...

Death From Above, Outrage Down Below - David Kilcullen and Andrew Exum, New York Times opinion. In recent days, the Pentagon has made two major changes in its strategy to defeat the Taliban, Al...

Winning the Information War in Afghanistan and Pakistan - Greg Bruno, Council on Foreign Relations. With overwhelming firepower, Western armies rarely lose in combat to Taliban fighters in...

Countering the Military's Latest Fad - Celeste Ward, Washington Post. When Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced Monday that he was dismissing Gen. David McKiernan as the top U.S. commander in...

The next stop on our trip of the northeast was to the PRT at Mehterlam in Laghman province. A Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Afghanistan operates as a combined military-military-military-...

This week's SWJ contribution to Foreign Policy - This Week at War by Robert Haddick is now posted. Topics include - Why McChrystal? - Can an antiwar movement stop the Long War?

A Single-Minded Focus on Dual Wars - Greg Jaffe, Washington Post. ... Gates's experience at Dover offers a window into what is driving him as he seeks to remake Washington's biggest and most...

Reversal in Iraq - Stephen Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations. Iraq is currently in the early stages of a negotiated end to an intense ethnosectarian war. As such, there are several contingencies...

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) - good summary of recent Af-Pk events and issues and nice interview with rogue cousin Andrew...

The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education By Craig M. Mullaney If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty Seconds' worth of distance, run, Yours is the Earth and everything in it, And--...

Occupying Iraq A History of the Coalition Provisional Authority by James Dobbins, Seth G. Jones, Benjamin Runkle and Siddharth Mohandas, Rand The American engagement in Iraq has been looked at from...

A Slow Road to Self-reliance - Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer opinion. The six young men looked too scrawny to fulfill the high hopes placed on their shoulders. They were members of the Afghan...

Obama's Right on Target in Afghanistan - Max Boot, Los Angeles Times opinion. President Obama and his aides continue to impress with their handling of Afghanistan. Not only have they approved a...

Petraeus's Tougher Fight - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. It's a small irony of history that Gen. David Petraeus, attacked by the left for his role in revitalizing the Bush administration'...

McKiernan, McChrystal, SOF & SF vs. GPF, SOF vs. SF, AF, IW, COIN... - Join the discussion on the Small Wars Council. If the SF are the solution, why is it that one of primary LOO - develop...

PRT Nuristan is just barely in the untamed frontier of Nuristan. Tucked in the southwest corner of the province, the PRT is located at FOB Kala Gush -- at the end of the road from Mehterlam. Beyond...

U.S. Replaces Commander in Afghanistan - Peter Spiegel and Yochi Dreazen, Wall Street Journal. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Monday that he had asked for the resignation of the U.S....