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Hat Tips to Blackfive and The Captain's Journal for posting the following videos of recent combat operations in Sadr City and 2004 operations in Fallujah. US and Iraqi Special Forces in Sadr City...

The first Emerald Express was conducted in 1995 under the direction of then Lieutenant General Anthony Zinni, Commanding General of I Marine Expeditionary Force. Emerald Express 1995 was the first...

Friday night music video courtesy of Mark.

Inside the Air Force published a piece in their latest newsletter that makes sense - at the very least as a matter for serious study - Light-Attack Plane Could Save USAF Billions in O&M, Preserve...

Mark Mazetti and Eric Schmitt of the New York Times are reporting that a new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq cites significant security improvements and progress toward healing sectarian...

The American Enterprise Institute has recently posted part four of Iraq: The Way Ahead by Frederick Kagan. From the Executive Summary: The United States now has the opportunity to achieve its...

Max Boots warns against being "overly sophisticated" in analyzing recent events concerning Iraqi army assault on militias in Basra in a post today at Commentary's Contentions blog. ... Anthony...

A Battalion's Worth of Good Ideas by LTC John Nagl in today's New York Times. ... Based on American experiences in Korea, Vietnam, El Salvador and now in Iraq and Afghanistan, an advisory strategy...

The War over the War w/ Tom Ricks - Washington Post online discussion on 1 April. As the experts poke the ashes, I think the emerging consensus is that Moqtada al-Sadr won more than he lost, because...

Posted today at The Jamestown Foundation - Online Terrorist Training Manual - Part One: Creating a Terrorist Cell by Abdul Hameed Bakier. Jihadis continue to pursue terror training and knowledge...

Engaging the Mahdi Militia in Basrah and labeling them as equal to Al-Qaeda in Iraq is a deadly gamble that may leave Iran the winner. On 19 March, 2008 CNN's Iraq war correspondent, Kyra Phillips...

A Grand Plan for NATO Will Have to Wait By Stanley R. Sloan As the NATO countries prepare for the last alliance summit of George Bush's presidency, scheduled for April 2-4 in Bucharest, there is...

1776 and All That - Andrew Exum, The Guardian SWJ friend, former Soldier (he led a platoon of light infantry in Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks and subsequently led a platoon of Army...

How to Fix the U.S. Military - Phillip Carter, Slate Overhaul the budget. If you'd awakened from a 20-year-long slumber and glanced at the current defense budget, you'd think the Cold War were still...

The Smart Way Out of a Foolish War by Zbigniew Brzezinski, Washington Post, 30 March 2008. ... The case for U.S. disengagement from combat is compelling in its own right. But it must be matched by a...

The Center for a New American Security has posted its latest policy brief - The Case for Conditional Engagement in Iraq by Colin Kahl and Shawn Brimley. Five years into the war in Iraq with no end...

Brigadier General Robert Livingston, Deputy Commanding General of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, provided an operations update on 28 March 2008.

Coming Soon: A Crisis in Civil-Military Relations by Richard Kohn at World Affairs Journal. An excerpt: When a new president takes office in early 2009, military leaders and politicians will...

National Defense University's Institute for National Security Studies has posted its proceedings of the 2008 European Symposium - NATO: Bucharest and Beyond. Here are several take-aways from the...

More of a whole lot of debate and analysis of current news going on concerning recent events vic Basra, Baghdad and ??? (Part I here.) Behind the Bloodshed in Basra - Mohammed Fadhil, Iraq the Model...

Even more on the future of a training and advisory role as part of our Security Force Assistance efforts. From Westhawk: Colonel Robert Killebrew, USA (ret) is an experienced veteran of COIN-in-the...

Whole lot of debate and analysis of current news going on concerning recent events vic Basra. Update - Part II here. Iraqi security forces battle the Mahdi Army - Bill Roggio, Long War Journal The...

Coming soon in April's Proceedings - Listen Up Marines! We Belong at Sea, Ready for Trouble by Lieutenant General Bernard E. Trainor, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired). Here's a sneak preview: As the...

Major General Kevin Bergner, Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman, provides an update on current operations. Maj. Gen. Bergner's Opening Remarks: Good afternoon, al Salam Aleikem. This has been a...

The Army's TMAAG By Colonel Robert Killebrew, USA (Ret.) The Chief of Staff of the Army's recent decision not to field the proposed Theater Military Advisory and Assistance Groups (TMAAG) was the...

Afghan Soldiers Train at US Army Base Voice of America By Greg Flakus Fort Riley 25 March 2008 US troops at Fort Riley, in the Midwestern state of Kansas, are training for deployment in Afghanistan...

A small sampling of several recent discussions at the Small Wars Council - for our many lurkers - take the plunge - registration is easy and the price is right...

A Grand Strategy of Sustainment By Shawn Brimley America has been adrift for too long. The attacks of September 11th did not "change everything," but exacerbated the difficulty of articulating a...

U.S. Captains Bear Weight of Iraq Strategy by Michael Kamber, International Herald Tribune. During the war in Iraq, young army and Marine captains have become American viceroys, officers with large...

Today's Junior Army Officers By Captain Tim Hsia, U.S. Army Debating retention of junior officers is a perilous matter but there are just too many vital issues currently concerning the future of the...