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The latest issue of Joint Force Quarterly has been posted. JFQ is published for the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, by the Institute for National Security Studies, National Defense University, to...

Notes Towards a Theory of Information Operations (IO) - Marc Tyrrell, In Harmonium Yesterday (June 26, 2008), Andrew Exum posted a blog entry over at Small Wars Journal on Information Operations. As...

Report on Progress toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan - June 2008 Report to Congress in accordance with the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (Section 1230, Public Law 110-181). This...

The Interagency and Counterinsurgency Warfare: Aligning and Integrating Military and Civilian Roles in Stability, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction Operations edited by Jay W. Boggs and...

Wars of Ideas and the War of Ideas by Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria, II, US Army War College - Strategic Studies Institute. The author discusses several types of wars of ideas in an effort to achieve a...

Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare (Public Event). Washington, DC. The Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) is sponsoring a discussion on counterinsurgency on 22 July 2008, at the National Press Club (...

Charlie Rose Show - A discussion about the Zimbabwe election with author Chenjerai Hove, author and journalist Andrew Meldrum, journalist Philip Gourevitch and Michelle Gavin of the Council on...

Colonel Charles Flynn, Commander of the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, speaks via satellite with reporters at the Pentagon, providing an operational update on 26 June 2008.

Sebastian Sprenger at Inside the Pentagon (subscription required) is reporting that the draft Irregular Warfare (IW) Directive has sparked "intense controversy" within the Department of Defense....

Information Operations By Andrew Exum I have a few questions for the learned readership of Small Wars Journal. The first is, how many of you have ever looked up the official Department of Defense...

From the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy: No One in PD Conducts PD Overseas By Matt Armstrong - Cross-posted at MountainRunner Strong words from the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public...

Lieutenant Colonel Gian Gentile has a new piece in World Affairs titled A (Slightly) Better War: A Narrative and Its Defects. Here is the intro: U.S. Army's new strategy in Iraq—launched in...

Yesterday's bombing in Baghdad, an apparent attempt on the life of Sadr City Council Deputy Hassan Hussein Shammah, killed two US Soldiers (not yet identified by the Department of Defense); Steven...

The Royal United Services Institute and the author have kindly granted SWJ permission to post John Nagl's review of The Echo of Battle: The Army's Way of War by Brian McAllister Linn that appeared in...

Video Brief Major General Jeffrey Schlosser, Commander of Combined Joint Task Force-101, and Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division, 24 June 2008. Bloggers Roundtable U.S. Army Colonel Thomas...

Lieutenant General Lloyd Austin, Commander of Multi-National Corps-Iraq, providing an update on ongoing security operations in Iraq, 23 June 2008. Major General Qassim Atta, Spokesman for...

Multi-National Force-Iraq Commander's Counterinsurgency Guidance - Secure and serve the population. The Iraqi people are the decisive "terrain." Together with our Iraqi partners, work to provide the...

Larry Smith. Iwo Jima: World War II Veterans Remember the Greatest Battle of the Pacific. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2008. SWJ Book Review by Bill Van Horn With more and more of the World War...

Irregular Warfare Presents Challenge For U.S. Military, General Says By Gerry J. Gilmore American Forces Press Service VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., June 19, 2008 -- The U.S. military will be engaged in...

Captain Tim Hsia has a new article in the American Foreign Services Association's Foreign Service Journal titled Building on the Goldwater Nichols Act. Here are the take-aways: 1) The Department of...

Constitutional Cartography & the Parsing of Terrorist Space By Mike Innes - Cross-Posted at CTLab I've been reporting on the Opinio Juris Insta-Symposium (OPJIS) on the Boumediene Case in dribs...

Ungoverned Areas and Safe Havens By Robert Lamb I was the lead author of the DoD report Ungoverned Areas and Threats From Safe Havens that William McCallister cites in his SWJ Blog piece, "...

Colonel Terry Ferrell, Commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and John Smith, Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team Leader, speak with reporters on 19 June 2008.

The DNI Open Source Conference 2008 has been added to the SWJ Events Calendar. 11-12 September - DNI Open Source Conferece 2008 (Public Event - Conference). Washington DC. Sponsored by the...

Ann Roosevelt reports in Defense Daily (subscription required) that US Joint Forces Command has created an Irregular Warfare Center (IWC) that is expected to have 30-40 personnel assigned -- but will...

When to Leave Iraq by Colin H. Kahl and William E. Odom, Foreign Affairs, July/August 2008. In "The Price of the Surge" (May/June 2008), Steven Simon correctly observes that the Sunni turn against...

Major General Kevin Bergner, Spokesman for Multi-National Force-Iraq, and Brigadier General Brooks Bash, Commander, Coalition Air Force Training Team, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq...

Charlie Rose Show - A conversation with Vali Nasr of The Council on Foreign Relations, Michael Gordon of The New York Times and Stephen Biddle of The Council on Foreign Relations. Topics covered...

Gordon Lubold has an informative article in today's Christian Science Monitor titled Pentagon Ponders Transition in Time of War. The Pentagon is making a pointed effort to ensure that the transition...

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