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... combines the culinary mastery of "Iron Chef" with the biting and acerbic wit of Jon Stewart's "Daily Show". Mess hall chow or MRE's got you down? Yes? Then you might want to go native - Chris...

Charlie Rose Show - An Hour with Virginia Senator Jim Webb.

The Summer 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...

Brigadier General Jeffrey Dorko, Commanding General of the US Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division (GRD), and Azza Hashim Khalil Humadi, Program Director for Women's Initiatives, GRD, speak...

A Battle Over 'the Next War' - By Julian Barnes and Peter Spiegel, Los Angeles Times Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap Jr. is not a fighter pilot, wing commander or war planner. But he is waging...

... I am hooked on Information Dissemination - enough said.

Afghanistan: The Forgotten War - PBS NOW - Embedded with the Marines in Afghanistan: Can we defeat a resurgent Taliban? America thought it had won the war in Afghanistan six years ago, but a recent...

Via e-mail - 2HBCT, 1ID of Fort Riley returned from the National Training Center a month ago and the local news anchor from KTKA-49 Topeka was embedded with 1-18 Infantry Battalion and other brigade...

Is Counterinsurgency the Graduate Level of War? Some Random Thoughts on COIN Today I have to respectfully disagree with the assertion that "counterinsurgency is the graduate level of war." Despite...

The New Role of Air Strike in Small Wars A response to Jon Compton By Richard Andres In a recent Small Wars Journal article entitled "The Demise of Secretary Wynne," Jon Compton offered some...

Soldiers to Learn Nation-building - Chris Smyth, The Times The head of the Army will today (Thursday) call for creation of a new class of soldier specialising in nation-building and development to...

A big tip of the hat to Merv Benson of PrairiePundit for sharing this MNF-I photo. US Marine Corps Cpl. Johathan R. Segovia, personnel security detail, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, a ground...

The Economist - Al-Qaeda has made terrorism truly global, to deadly effect. But it may yet prove to be its own worst enemy, says Anton La Guardia. Al Qaeda: Winning or Losing? - The Economist...

The Daily Show - Headlines - Terrorist Watch List - We reach an exciting milestone in the war on terror as the terrorist watch list adds its one-millionth name.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen speak with reporters at the Pentagon on 16 July 2008. Major General Tim McHale, Director of...

Launch of the Civilian Response Corps of the United States of America (Links Added by SWJ) Secretary Rice delivers remarks at the State Department for the announcement of the Civilian Response Corps...

Gates Highlights Role of Diplomacy, Development in U.S. Foreign Policy - John Kruzel, AFPS Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates yesterday said diplomacy and development should lead American efforts...

Shaping the Iraq Inheritance By Colin Kahl, Michele A. Flournoy and Shawn Brimley, Center for a New American Security Synopsis: American policy in Iraq will undergo two critical transitions...

The Frontline Country Team A Model for Engagement By Christopher Griffin and Thomas Donnelly, American Enterprise Institute Foreward: For over sixty years, the United States has sought to build the...

Heroes of Ramadi, Tal Afar to Get First Star by Jeff Schogol, Stars and Stripes. Army Cols. Sean B. MacFarland and H.R. McMaster Jr. have been selected for brigadier general pending Senate...

Got the following in an e-mail today - will follow up here as I hope to get a spot on a Thursday teleconference with the author of the report... (Links and emphasis by SWJ) Dear Dave, In a post...

Joint Publication (JP) 3-57, Civil-Military Operations, was revised and approved 8 July 2008 and supersedes JP 3-57, dated 8 February 2001; and JP 3-57.1, dated 14 April 2008. Continue on for a...

British Army Major General Barney White-Spunner, General Officer Commanding, Multi-National Division-Southeast, speaks via satellite with reporters at the Pentagon on developments in Basra, 14 July...

The Demise of Secretary Wynne By J. Bernhard "Jon" Compton Recently I was privileged to witness a small piece of history. While visiting a friend at the Pentagon, I stood next to the office door of...

Yesterday our Nation lost one of our finest leaders, Tony Snow, who passed away at age 53 after a long struggle with cancer. Tony was a man who was deeply committed to his faith, family, and to his...

... read this one - An Army That Learns by David Ignatius of The Washington Post. Here are the opening paragraphs: The U.S. Army has done something remarkable in its new history of the disastrous...

One could argue, quite reasonably, that there is much to improve in regards to civil-military relations within the US Government and, in particular, the US Department of Defense. For those who work...

We've all heard humorless America-haters promote themselves by announcing, As Thomas Jefferson said, "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." The first problem with that self-righteous bull is...

John Bennett of Defense News (subscription required) has reported "on DC talk" that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, Under Secretary of Defense (...

The United States Institute of Peace - Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations - posted a Metrics Framework today on the USIP web page. USIP describes the framework as follows - USIP-...