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A Modest Proposal to Adjust the Principles of War Lieutenant Colonel Gian P. Gentile I propose a consideration to adjust the Principles of War as accepted by the American military since J.F.C. Fuller...

Robert Burns of the Associated Press reports on senior command changes at Multi-National Force - Iraq. The U.S. military in Iraq is undergoing its biggest changeover in senior commanders since Gen....

The December '07 issue of Armed Forces Journal contains two commentary pieces that are harbingers of a debate brewing "inside and outside the beltway" concerning Counterinsurgency (COIN) / Irregular...

An excellent piece by Steve Schippert and Nick Grace over at ThreatsWatch (Hat Tip ZenPundit) - The Fiction of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi. Fully engaged in the Information War, al-Qaeda in Iraq continues...

Major General W.E. Gaskin, Commanding General, MNF-West, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), speaks with reporters at the Pentagon, providing an update of ongoing operations in western Iraq.

British Army Lessons Learned More...

Stabilization and Reconstruction: Actions Are Needed to Develop a Planning and Coordination Framework and Establish the Civilian Reserve Corps, GAO-08-39. November 6, 2007. Summary In 2004, the...

Today's Washington Post provides an update on the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems - The Army's $200 Billion Makeover by Alec Klein. ... In the Army's vision, the war of the future is increasingly...

While not all inclusive, here are some items that caught my eye and interest so far this week - Meeting Abu Muqawama and the SWJ / AM COIN Academy book drive, Roggio on Iran's ratlines into Iraq, HTS...

COIN Intelligence Requirements 1963 With a hat tip to an alert SWJ reader who sent this in via e-mail, we downloaded Intelligence Required for Counterinsurgency from the Central Intelligence Agency's...

Via e-mail, Inside the Pentagon report of a new Interagency COIN manual in the works: The State Department is leading an effort to issue a draft version of a counterinsurgency guide in the next four...

Lazam Faraj Rwaili, aged 23, joined the Iraqi Police Service Unit in August of this year. In early November, Lazam was in a contingent of Iraqi Police traveling from their own city in Anbar Province...

LTC Bob Bateman here again. It has been a busy few days for those who keep track of things like journalism and war, and the intersection thereof. This post first appeared on Media Matters and I...

General David Petraeus; Commanding General, MNF-I; interviewed on FOX News by Geraldo Rivera on 2 December 2007. Hat tips to Gateway Pundit and PrairiePundit. Nothing follows.

More on the jeering, foot stomping, teeth gnashing academics who love to hate the Army's Human Terrain System by Noah Shachtman over at Wired's Danger Room - Academics Turn On "Human Terrain"...

Blame Canada

Colonel Edward Daly and Major General Murad Ali, providing an update on training of the Afghan National Army and recent operations against the Taliban in the Mazar-E-Sharif area of northern...

I read with great interest Michael Phillips' Wall Street Journal piece - In Counterinsurgency Class, Soldiers Think Like Taliban - as well as several e-mails concerning what is right and what is...

What the SecDef Didn't Call For, But Should Have By Matt Armstrong Today, American public diplomacy wears combat boots. In the global media and the blogosphere, the military and its uniformed...

While not all inclusive, here are some items that caught my eye and interest so far this week - COIN reading, more on Secretary Gates and soft power, Iraq, Afghanistan, Al Qaeda IO, AFRICOM, Uganda,...

Gordon Lubold in today's Christian Science Monitor - A 'Surge' for Afghanistan. The top general of the Marine Corps is pushing hard to deploy marines to Afghanistan as he looks to draw down his...

Noah Shachtman's Wired article - How Technology Almost Lost the War: In Iraq, the Critical Networks Are Social — Not Electronic. The future of war began with an act of faith. In 1991, Navy...

ZARQA, Jordan (Army News Service, Nov. 28, 2007) - Arabic cultural-awareness training from Third U.S. Army/U.S. Army Central and the Jordanian Armed Forces is now available to all American service-...

Rear Admiral Gregory Smith, Director of Multi-National Force-Iraq's Communications Division, and Brigadier General Jeffrey Dorko, Commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division, 27...

Answer the following six questions concerning Iraq and the "surge" then head on over to Harpers Magazine to read Colonel Douglas Macgregor's (US Army, ret.) reply to these questions as posed by Ken...

Remarks as Delivered by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Manhattan, Kansas, Monday, November 26, 2007 Full Transcript -- Department of Defense Video - Kansas State University Audio - Kansas...

Confronting Iran Securing Iraq's Border: An Irregular Warfare Concept By Brigadier General David L. Grange (U.S. Army ret.) and Scott Swanson, MSI Special to Small Wars Journal Contributions by...

By Captain Tim Hsia, U.S. Army "Who controls the past controls the future" - George Orwell, 1984 Years from now after the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have ended; historians will pore over the...

Lieutenant General Ricardo S. Sanchez, U.S. Army (retired) served as the commander of coalition forces in Iraq (CJTF 7 / MNF-I) from June 2003 to June 2004. He delivered the weekly Democratic radio...

Charlie Rose Show - A conversation with General William "Kip" Ward, U.S. Africa Command, 14 November 2007. Links: US Africa Command General William E. Ward - Commander, US AFRICOM Ambassador Mary C...