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CNAS-Foreign Policy Magazine U.S. Military Index - Center for a New American Security: CNAS and Foreign Policy Magazine set out to address some of the most challenging questions facing the U.S....

Jules Crittenden (Forward Movement) has the advance scoop on PBS Frontline's Haditha: "Rules of Engagement" Airing on PBS Tuesday, Feb. 19. Check your local listings and make a note. Preview...

Got a quick note from SWJ friend Paul McLeary who is wrapping up a month-long embed with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team in central Iraq where he bounced around to different company-sized patrol...

Evolution Of a U.S. General In Iraq by Amit Paley and Joshua Partlow, Washington Post. ...over the past 15 months, Odierno has earned a very different reputation. Even some of his critics now say...

Army Fighting Future Battles in Digital Laboratories Now By Colonel Mark Forman From February 11th through February 14th, the US Army's Battle Command Battle Lab at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas...

From the Pritzker Military Library's Front and Center program - The War on Terror: Progress or Regression? (Video Roundtable, 31 January 2008). As we approach the 5th anniversary of the fall of...

Abu Muqawama and Secrecy News have the scoop on an Army decision to move the Reimer Digital Library containing doctrinal publications behind an Army Knowledge Online (AKO) password protected firewall...

In the it's about time category there seems to be some movement towards national political reconciliation in Iraq. In today's New York Times Alissa Rubin reports that Iraq's parliament approved...

Nagl and Yingling: Restructuring the U.S. Military - Council on Foreign Relations podcast interview with Greg Burno, 13 February 2008. Lieutenant Colonel John Nagl, Commander, 1st Battalion, 34th...

Among the articles in the February 08 issue of the Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned (MCCLL) Newsletter are: - A representative sample of documents in the MCCLL repositories on Afghanistan...

Major General Mark Hertling, Commanding General, 1st Armored Division, speaks via satellite at the Pentagon on 11 February 2008. Rear Admiral Gregory Smith, Director of the Multi-National Force-...

From Armed Forces Journal - SecDef has signaled a turning point in U.S. defense thinking by Colonel Robert Killebrew (USA Ret.). Gates' speeches to AUSA and his subsequent "soft power" speech at...

Lots about and from RAND today. First up - this by Michael Gordon in the New York Times - Army Buried Study Faulting Iraq Planning. ... After 18 months of research, RAND submitted a report in the...

Al Qaeda Leader's Diary Reveals Organization's Decline By Seaman William Selby, USN Special to American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2008 -- U.S. troops found a diary belonging to an al...

MountainRunner has Manuel Miranda's (Office of Legislative Statecraft, U.S. Embassy Iraq) 'departure assessment' on Ambassador Ryan Crocker's and State's effort in Iraq. From the General Assessment...

Operational Effectiveness and Strategic Success in Counterinsurgency By Steven Metz When I was a young professor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College I joined a small committee...

One year birthday greetings to AM, Charlie and Kip at Abu Muqawama! At the top of our 'must visit daily' list of blogs and a place we go for a sanity check whilst figuring out that complex thing...

Michael VIckers, the principal strategist for the paramilitary operation that drove the Soviet army out of Afghanistan in the 1980s and today the top Pentagon adviser on counterterrorism strategy (...

Via Michael Gordon of the New York Times - After Hard-Won Lessons, Army Doctrine Revised The Army has drafted a new operations manual that elevates the mission of stabilizing war-torn nations,...

A friend whom I consider smarter than your average bear, upon examining my annotated bibliography of combat stress and trauma, posed the question to me, "What happens when the jihadists go home?"...

Frans P. B. Osinga, The Science, Strategy and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd, New York: Routledge, 2007, 313 pgs, $140 hardback, $35.95 paperback I first met John Boyd on a very warm summer...

Here's the 1st edition of The Prince: A Newsletter for Civil Affairs Marines. The purpose of this newsletter is to increase awareness of people, issues, and events affecting the Marine Civil Affairs...

From the Jaws of Victory by Nadia Schadlow, Wall Street Journal. Nadia Schadlow discusses the good news that General David Petraeus, Commanding General of Multi-National Force - Iraq, has decided to...

US Army War College's Strategic Studies Insititute Counterinsurgency Panel Video. Dr. Conrad Crane of the U.S. Army War College Military History Institute and Dr. Steven Metz of the U.S. Army War...

Al Qaeda's Use and Recruitment of Children: Video depicts training of children for kidnapping, assassination, and terrorism against Iraqis. Iraqi and U.S. forces rescue an Iraqi child who had been...

Exploiting New Media briefing with Office of the Secretary of Defense speakers Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Hamm, Deputy Director of New Media, OSDPA, Ms. Jamie Findlater, New Media Specialist, and...

Version 2.0 of Counterinsurgency and Irregular Warfare in Tribal Society The COIN and Irregular Warfare in Tribal Society Pamphlet is designed to assist staff officers, non-commissioned officers,...

From the USC Center on Public Diplomacy web site - an interview with SWJ friend Matt Armstrong aka MountainRunner. Matt Armstrong is a December 2007 graduate of the USC Master's in Public...

The technology of the Twenty-first Century -- the "new media" -- has made it possible for virtually anyone to have immediate access to an audience of millions around the world and to be somewhat...