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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...

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen speak with reporters at the Pentagon, 8 May 2008. General Bantz Craddock, Supreme Allied Commander...

From the Human Terrain System, It is with deep sorrow that we must inform you of the tragic death of Michael Bhatia, our social scientist team member assigned to the Afghanistan Human Terrain Team #...

Leaving the Green Zone By Sam Brannen In the middle of Baghdad sits one of the United States' greatest strategic liabilities in the Iraq war: a four square-mile swath of territory called the Green...

According to Inside Defense (subscription required) U.S Special Operations Command is calling for a new executive agent for Irregular Warfare (IW) as part of its version of the fiscal year 2009...

UPDATE: Via Voice of America and Associated Press - US military officials in Iraq say the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq has not been captured. They denied reports from an Iraqi Interior Ministry...

UK Troops and US Marines Join Forces to Tackle the Taliban in Garmsir By MoD Defence News via British Defence Staff - United States (BDS-US) UK troops working as part of the International Security...

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, 7 May 2008.

Are you deploying to an Iraq Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) or embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team (ePRT)? If so, then the State Department's Foreign Service Institute has a course you...

13 May 2008 - After the Iraqi Offensive: An Address by Colonel H. R. McMaster (Public Event). Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute. The government of Iraq has made...

National Public Radio's Guy Raz has a combination article, audio report / interview and link to a recent Army AAR (The King and I) that has been circulating via e-mail throughout the military...

Inside Defense (subscription required) is reporting the Defense Department is forming seven working groups to examine "priority" roles and missions issues, a few of which could plunge the military...

New Army Handbooks Focus on First 100 Days of Combat by Navy Seaman William Selby. American Forces Press Service The U.S. Army has published three new handbooks to help soldiers prepare for the first...

Charlie Rose Show - A Conversation with Meghan O'Sullivan, former deputy national security adviser on Iraq and Afghanistan.