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Lieutenant General James Dubik, Commanding General, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq; and Major General Kevin Bergner, Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman provide an operational...

Part 1 of 6 Parts In recent days, many "war of words" op-ed essays and newspaper editorials have been linked to by Small Wars Journal -- and appropriately so, for the issues they raise must surely be...

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...

Thomas Donnelly and Frederick Kagan hit a home run with their analysis and recommendations in yesterday's New York Post - The Proud, The Few -- Stretched to its Limits, Our Military Needs One Million...

Charlie Rose Show - Guest host George Packer talks to General Anthony Zinni about Zinni's book The Battle For Peace: A Frontline Vision of America's Power and Purpose which calls for an end to...

America's Greatest Weapon By Maj Gen Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF and Lt Col John Nagl, USA Where would one find the U.S.'s greatest weapon? Try traveling to Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the home of the...

Inside the Pentagon (subscription required) is reporting on a 15 May memo by Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England that spells out Irregular Warfare (IW) shortfalls within the Department of Defense...

Major General Mark Hertling, Commander of Multi-National Forces-North and Commanding General of 1st Armored Division, speaks with reporters in Baghdad, providing an operational update on 21 May 2008.

Military Review Special Edition - Interagency Reader Introduction and Background America's Frontier Wars: Lessons for Asymmetric Conflicts by Congressman Ike Skelton. Congressman Ike Skelton...

The editors would like to share the following article with the SWJ community. Published in World Politics Review on 20 May 2008, this piece examines the challenges and opportunities to arise from...

The Warrior Scholar By Sam Liles I have this fantasy that the warrior scholar elite can happen in my life time. Yes, I believe in the elite who are the best because in the realm of conflict failure...

Charlie Rose Show - A conversation with Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, U.S. Army (Ret.).

The Bloggers Roundtable provides source material for stories in the blogosphere concerning the Department of Defense (DoD) by bloggers and online journalists. Where available, this includes...

Business Executives for National Security (Full Transcript) As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Washington, DC, Thursday, May 15, 2008. Excerpt: ... Tonight, I'd like to discuss...

In my day job I have the pleasure of observing and interacting with majors from the Marine Corps' Command and Staff College and the Army's Command and General Staff College at Joint Urban Warrior, a...

In the 7 May issue of Jane's Defence Weekly there is an article about how Israel is adapting based on lessons learned from the Second Lebanon War. Here's an excerpt: "At the same time, the IDF's...

Charlie Rose Show - A conversation with retired British Army General Michael Rose about his book, Washington's War: From Independence to Iraq (Great Commanders).

Charlie Rose Show - A conversation with Robert Kagan about his book, The Return of History and the End of Dreams.

Colonel Wayne Grigsby, Commander of the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division speaks with reporters at the Pentagon, providing an update on ongoing security operations in Iraq, 14 May 2008.

Army's Next Crop of Generals Forged in Counterinsurgency by Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post. An Army board headed by Gen. David H. Petraeus has selected several combat-tested counterinsurgency...

Major General Kevin Bergner, Spokesman for Multi-National Force-Iraq, and Tahseen al-Sheikhly, Civilian Spokesman for Operation Fardh al-Qanoon, speak with reporters in Baghdad, 14 May 2008....

Army Values By Major Joseph A. Jackson General Colin Powell's recent visit to the Command and General Staff College reminded us that history, if not repetitive, is at least parallel in its dimensions...

The Children of the Left By Geoffrey C. Lambert, Major General (Ret.), US Army From the 1960's through the 1980's, those of us in the US Army Special Forces, along with our interagency partners,...

Which "Ghosts" Should We Be Trying to Burry from Vietnam A Response to Bob Cassidy's Recent SWJ Post By LTC Gian P. Gentile The United States lost the war in Vietnam because it was unwinnable. One...

Remarks to the Heritage Foundation (Colorado Springs, CO) As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Tuesday, 13 May 2008. Excerpts (Emphasis by SWJ): ......

The Daily Show - Douglas Feith Uncut Part 1 The Daily Show - Douglas Feith Uncut Part 2

"Burying the Ghosts of Vietnam" By Bob Cassidy The recent spate of posts and editorial pieces that have amplified the emerging debate between counterinsurgency advocates and big conventional war...

Lessons Not Learned: Contracting Out Iraqi Army Advising by Peter W. Singer at The Brookings Institution, 12 May 2008. Singer is with Brooking's 21st Century Defense Initiative which is charterd to...

Prison Break: Maybe the Army's Not So Hidebound Afterall by Fred Kaplan at Slate. On April 23, I wrote a column (Gates Celebrates Dissent) that turns out to have been mistaken—that, I've since...

Finally got around to visiting the Canadian Military Journal web page again, long overdue. Here are three articles the SWJ community should find interesting. Political Warfare Is A Double-edged...