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The SWJ has been invited by the Washington Post to participate in one of their regular online discussion sessions tomorrow. Here are the details via The Post: Join editor Dave Dilegge and publisher...

General James Mattis assumes command of US Joint Forces Command from General Lance Smith in a change of command ceremony onboard the USS George Washington. More...

Brigadier General Robert Livingston, Commander of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix VI, providing an update on the training and equipping of Afghan national security forces on 9 November 2007.

Veterans Day, 11 November 2007 More...

While not all inclusive, here are some of the items that caught my eye and interest this week...

232 Years and Counting... Guest Blogger Andrew Lubin Tomorrow, 10 November. is the 232nd birthday of the Marine Corps. It's the day when Marines throughout the world -- both active service and...

Sunday matters. Or, more particularly, this coming Sunday matters. It does not matter to me because of the football games that will be played or the tailgating that will occur. Nor do I care overmuch...

7 November: RADM Gregory Smith, Director of MNF-I Communications Division, discussing operations against al-Qaeda in Iraq in October and highlights other operational activities. 5 November: Col...

The American Anthropological Association's full-court press against the Pentagon's Human Terrain System in general - and anthropologists' Human Terrain Team participation in particular continues. On...

Charlie Rose Show - A Conversation with Richard Armitage and Joseph Nye, Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Soft Power America's image and influence are in decline around...

New Thinking on a 'New Deal' for Post-Conflict Countries? By Greg Mills and Terence McNamee Two weeks after Sierra Leone's people went to the polls this September to choose a new president, the...

Ex-Navy Instructor Promises to Hit Back If Attacked on Torture Spencer Ackerman of TPM Muckraker on an interview with SWJ Blogger Malcolm Nance...

The Abuse of Military History: An Introduction to the Problems of Victor Davis Hanson I am a soldier, first and foremost, and this is as it should be. But I am also an academic historian. As a member...

Regular readers here are aware that href="http://homepages.stmartin.edu/fac_staff/dprice/">Dr. David Price is an ardent critic of the "pilfered scholarship" behind href="http://usacac.army.mil/...

In response to a Daily Kos screed... Unfortunately, no one seems to be calling our elected officials or the traditional media on this nonsensical idea that the "Petraeus strategy" should be credited...

Iraq: A False Choice Dr Adam Cobb The real choice before the American people is much starker than whether to act on General Petraeus' advice to Congress. Bottom-line: we have to accept the current...

Westhawk cuts to the quick in his analysis on the roles and missions implications behind the Air Force's recent attempt to be designated the "executive agent" for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)....

Abu Muqawama; a blog dedicated to issues related to contemporary insurgencies, and counterinsurgency tactics and strategy; spins off from their recent COIN Reading List post with a new feature titled...

31 October 1917 - Australian mounted troops (4th and 12th Light Horse) take Beersheba, Palestine, by launching what is often billed as the last successful cavalry charge in military history.

By Dan Green To enable one country to appreciate what another people really thinks and desires is both the most difficult and the most vital task which confronts us. -- John Bagot Glubb, Britain and...

In his op-ed, Mr. Nance on waterboarding successfully squared the circle when he wrote: "I have personally led, witnessed and supervised waterboarding of hundreds of people. Waterboarding should...

This morning's London Times lead editorial -- The Petraeus Curve - boldly goes where few "mainstream media" news outlets dare, stating flat out that serious success in Iraq is not being recognized as...

By Dan Green To enable one country to appreciate what another people really thinks and desires is both the most difficult and the most vital task which confronts us. -- John Bagot Glubb, Britain and...

A good friend and mentor of mine and of the Small Wars Journal community of interest sent along a link to his latest article -- Caution: Iraq is Not Vietnam by Ambassador David Passage. This article...

We interrupt our normally scheduled program on waterboarding and anthropology (1) to bring you this BBC piece concerning one of SWJ's favorite counterinsurgency experts from down-under - David...

In response to a SWJ e-mail concerning Dr. David Price's recent Counterpunch article U.S. Army spokesman Major Tom McCuin: As Lieutenant Colonel John Nagl stated: Military Field Manuals have their...

Writing and Employing the Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual In the current issue of "Counterpunch", anthropologist Dr. David Price continues his assault on social scientists assisting...

In reference to an earlier post - COIN Seminar: Dr. David Kilcullen -- Wargaming Division of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory has posted my summary report (pdf -- word) of the event. From the...

General George Casey, Chief of Staff of the Army, answers a question concerning his opinion on "A Failure in Generalship" by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Yingling, May 2007 Armed Forces Journal, at a...

I'd like to digress from my usual analysis of insurgent strategy and tactics to speak out on an issue of grave importance to Small Wars Journal readers. We, as a nation, are having a crisis of honor...