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Charlie Rose Show - General Michael Hayden, Director Central Intelligence Agency (Part 1) Charlie Rose Show - General Michael Hayden, Director Central Intelligence Agency (Part 2)

Yesterday morning I was participating in an e-mail discussion when, in passing, the term "hearts and minds" came up. As these counterinsurgency (COIN) components are oft misunderstood or...

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Colin Kahl, an Assistant Professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University and a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, writes in the November / December issue of Foreign...

Charlie Rose Show - John Negroponte, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

SWJ just received by e-mail this introductory edition of Kabul Direct. Dear Friend of Afghanistan (and to our foes too, should we still have any left!) Attached please find the first edition of...

Christian Lowe at Military.com reports that Marine Corps commanders in Iraq are asking the Pentagon to slow down the deployment of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Corps commanders...

Last week, the Washington Post reported that a bid by the Marine Corps to take responsibility for the primary U.S. military mission in Afghanistan generated a heated debate inside and outside the...

Blackwater USA - Public / Private Partnership in Peacekeeping Conference This theme will look at those areas where the military and government can use private sector expertise to successfully...

Charlie Rose Show: An Hour with Erik Prince, Chairman, CEO and Founder, Blackwater USA.

RADM Jake Shuford, ADM Gary Roughead, Gen James Conway, and ADM Thad Allen speaking at the International Seapower Symposium's Combined Service Chief Maritime Strategy Presentation. Download A...

To Raise Them Up. Part 1: The Lesser and Greater Insurgencies of the Philippines by B.A. Patty at The Long War Journal B.A. Patty was recently embedded with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. In...

By Wayne Mastin More and more, America is witnessing an outcry from its military members about the competence and responsibility of its leadership. The beginning of this current crop of critical...

Marshall Sahlins on Anthropologists in Iraq - "Open Letter to the NYT" at Savage Minds. You decide - read the letter and all the self-righteous comments that follow. Seems these guys and gals believe...

General Creighton Abrams fought in several long wars. As a result of his last, he directed a reorganization of the U.S. Army, an effort some called the Abrams Doctrine. This doctrine was...

The COIN and Irregular Warfare in Tribal Society Pamphlet is designed to assist staff officers, non-commissioned officers, soldiers and Marines in conducting counterinsurgency and irregular warfare...

The Great Escape

At an Army School, Blunt Talk on Iraq -- Elizabeth Bumiller, New York Times Here at the intellectual center of the United States Army, two elite officers were deep in debate at lunch on a recent day...

Well, this debate has to take place, so here it is - í  la L. Paul Bremer III, retired Army Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez blasted the Bush administration at the Military Reporters and...

I ran across this post at the King's College Kings of War blog - Pedagogy for the Long War. The posting links to a paper that Dr. David Betz, King's College Department of War Studies, will be...

Based on previous "turning the corner" related statements and news items we may have come "full-circle" in Iraq... • "Ladies and Gentlemen, we got him" -- Dec 03 • "Coalition forces have...

Marines' Afghanistan Plan Sparks Debate -- Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post A bid by the Marine Corps to take responsibility for the primary U.S. military mission in Afghanistan is generating a...

Full transcript follows: Association of the United States Army Remarks as Delivered by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Washington, DC, Wednesday, October 10, 2007 First, I would say welcome...

Among the articles in the October 07 issue of the Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned (MCCLL) Newsletter are: - Highlights from the recently produced MCCLL pocket guide on the subject of Law of...

Rethinking the US Army -- 10 October Los Angeles Times by Peter Spiegel and Julian E. Barnes. Absorbing the lessons of a troubled war, U.S. military officials have begun an intense debate over...

Charlie Rose Show - John Burns - 8 October 2007 A Discussion about Iraq and Journalism Nothing follows.

Charlie Rose Show - Dr. David Kilcullen Transcript: Charlie Rose Interview with David Kilcullen - International Herald Tribune

As a subscriber to Blackwater's weekly e-mail newsletter, I was beginning to wonder when the PMC would respond via the 'Net and Blogosphere on recent events. Today's newsletter links to two new...

By Wayne Mastin An interesting discussion thread entitled "Who are the great generals?" has been running for quite a while on the Small Wars Council. I suspect that most of those reading the posts...