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Charlie Rose Show - A conversation with Lieutenant General Douglas Lute, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan - 22 January 2008

CNAS Press Release: John Nagl Joins Center for a New American Security WASHINGTON, DC, January 22, 2008 -- The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce that John Nagl will...

America's Marines - Extended Version - 10 States and 15 Locations

On 17 January SWJ conducted a phone interview with Brigadier General Edward Cardon, Deputy Commanding General (Support), of Multi-National Division - Center (3rd Infantry Division / MND-C). MND-C...

Pentagon Weighs Top Iraq General as Chief of NATO - Michael Gordon and Eric Schmitt, New York Times The Pentagon is considering Gen. David H. Petraeus for the top NATO command later this year, a...

War, Meet the 2008 Campaign by Michael Gordon, New York Times ... On the ground with the troops, it is clear that a major military change was in fact made in Iraq last year — not so much the...

Lieutenant General Ray Odierno, Commander of Multi-National Corps-Iraq, speaks with reporters at the Pentagon, providing an update on ongoing security operations in Iraq on 17 January 2008. Major...

New Aircraft, Home for Afghan Air Force - Jason Straziuso, Associated Press Calling it the "birth of our air force," Afghan President Hamid Karzai opened a new $22 million U.S.-funded military...

Airpower Research Institute press release on Shortchanging the Joint Fight by Major General Charles Dunlap. The counterinsurgency manual used by U.S. Soldiers and Marines undervalues the role...

High-Profile Officer Nagl to Leave Army, Join Think Tank - Tom Ricks, Washington Post "One of the Army's most prominent younger officers, whose writings have influenced the conduct of the U.S. troop...

Gates Faults NATO Force in Southern Afghanistan - Peter Spiegel, Los Angeles Times In an unusual public criticism, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he believes NATO forces currently deployed...

City without Joy - Australian Defence College Occasional Series by Michael Evans. From the Foreword: As a young Army officer, focusing on the likelihood of being deployed to Vietnam, Bernard Fall's...

Captain David Adler (USS Port Royal) and Commander Jeff James (USS Hopper) brief the press on a recent incident about harassing messages from Iranian boats in the Strait of Hormuz on 13 January 2008...

Soldiers Radio and Television's Gale McCabe interviews Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker on 10 January 2008

Brigadier General Joseph Votel, Deputy Commanding General for Operations for Combined Joint Task Force-82, provides an update on ongoing security and stability operations on 8 January 2008.

The tense encounter between a squadron of US Navy Warships and Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC or Pasdaran) and Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IIRN) boats is not a new adventure by any...

Major General Kevin Bergner, Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman, and Major General Mark Hertling, Multi-National Division-North Commander, speak with reporters in Baghdad on 9 January 2008.

The Army and Marines and Military Government By Brent C. Bankus and James Kievit Despite the apparent preference of many of today's military officers to have some other entity (whether of the US...

Department of State On-the-Record Iraq PRT Briefing - Ramadi Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team Leader Kristin Hagerstrom, Diyala Provincial Reconstruction Team Leader Dr. John Jones, and...

Added today to the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute web page - The Interagency and Counterinsurgency Warfare: Aligning and Integrating Military and Civilian Roles in Stability,...

Interview with Commander of Multi-National Forces, Iraq, General David Petraeus on 7 January 2008. Colonel Charles Flynn, Commander of the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, speaks via satellite...

Taking Exception: Nation-Building Office Is No Solution By Justin Logan and Christopher Preble Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Senator Richard Lugar argue that "some of the greatest threats...

Interview with Brigadier General (Ret.) Shimon Naveh by Matt Matthews of the US Army Combat Studies Institute From the abstract: As part of his research for a Global War on Terrorism Occasional...

My So-Called "Greatest" Generation By Captain Timothy Hsia This past Veteran's day, several politicians and news outlets discussed the current generation of men and women fighting in Iraq and...

Rocky Blogger Major Andrew Olmsted Killed in Iraq - David Montero, Rocky Mountain News. Army Major Andrew Olmsted, a blogger for RockyMountainNews.com, died Thursday in Iraq. His mission was to...

Several recent additions to the US Army War College Strategic Studies Institute web page we thought might be of interest to SWJ readers. Sustaining the Peace after Civil War. Authored by Dr. T. David...

In-sourcing the Tools of National Power for Success and Security Matt Armstrong Military operations may neutralize immediate kinetic threats and strategic communications may make promises, but...

First up is a Q&A with General David Petraeus at Foreign Policy -- Seven Questions on Winding Down the Surge. Foreign Policy: These days when you speak about the surge, you always highlight...

The Winter 2007 - 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...

Major General Kevin Bergner, MNF-I spokesman, discussing the progress made against al-Qaeda in Iraq during the month of December and providing an operational update on 2 January 2008. Colonel...