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Charlie Rose Show, 24 December 2007 - A discussion about Counterinsurgency with Sarah Sewall and Montgomery McFate. Nothing follows.

13-16 March 2008 - Meeting the Challenges of Counter-Insurgency and Stabilisation Operations: Strategic Issues and Options (Public Event). West Sussex, Great Britain. Organised by Wilton Park, a non-...

Small Wars Journal and Abu Muqawama recently commented on the formation of the new U.S. Army Counterinsurgency (COIN) Academy in Afghanistan. We were particularly interested in the Academy's pursuit...

In "COIN of the Realm" (Foreign Affairs - November/December 2007), Colin Kahl divided counterinsurgency (COIN) theory into opposing two schools of thought: "hearts and minds" versus "coercion". Khal...

Tour of Illegal Gun Market - North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan Nothing follows.

The Success of the Surge By David Glasner The real world, even under normal conditions, is a complicated and confusing place. In war, complications and confusion increase exponentially. Ever since...

Tom Barnett on Counterinsurgency -- US Army Field Manual 3-24 / Marine Corps Warfighting Publication 33.3.5. The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual, with forewords by David...

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Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, General James Cartwright speak to reporters at the Pentagon, 21 December 2001.

Colonel Paul Funk, Commander, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, providing an update on ongoing security operations in Iraq, 20 December 2007.

Can the Anbar Strategy Work in Pakistan? By Clint Watts Afghan and Arab fighters defeated the Soviet Union by pursuing a strategy that mobilized tribes to entangle a foreign occupier in a hostile...

General David Petraeus, Commanding General Multi-National Force - Iraq

Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq -- DoD Quarterly Report These reports are submitted to Congress pursuant to the section entitled "Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq" of House...

After Action Report by General Barry R McCaffrey, U.S. Army (retired), 18 December 2007. AAR written for the United States Military Academy based on GEN McCaffrey's 5 -- 11 December 2007 trip to...

The Winter 2007 - 2008 editon of Air and Space Power Journal has been posted and contains several articles that address the use of air power and Air Force capabilities in a Counterinsurgency /...

New York Times, Washington Post, Abu Muqawama and The Captain's Journal all chime in... New initiatives, top-to-bottom reviews, additional resources, NATO caveats, leadership and expectations...

The Washington Post reports today that President Bush is facing new pressure from the U.S. Military to accelerate a force reduction in Iraq in order to increase capabilities in Afghanistan....

Urban Operations Journal -- 28 February 2003 General Anthony Zinni (USMC Ret); experienced in the theory, planning, and conduct of Military Operations Other Than War (MOOTW) as well as a leading...

In a "Small Wars" context but with very serious implications relating to the worldwide Cold War II now being waged between (a) America and the West on the one hand and (b) our new "Islamo-fascist"...

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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.

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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...