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Rear Admiral Gregory Smith, Director of the MNF-I Communications Division, providing an operational update from Baghdad on 30 December 2007.

Very interesting piece in Friday's Washington Post concerning a central figure in Charlie Wilson's War. Ann Scott Tyson profiles the young ex-Green Beret officer who was the brains behind the...

The Gratitude Campaign Have you ever wanted to say thank you but didn't... then wished you had? Maybe you were in a hurry, maybe you felt awkward. Maybe they were in a hurry, maybe they felt...

HEADQUARTERS MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE - IRAQ BAGHDAD, IRAQ APO AE 09342-1400 28 December 2007 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and Civilians of Multi-National Force-Iraq: As 2007...

The January -- February 2008 issue of Military Review has been posted to the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center web site. Featured Articles Beyond Guns and Steel: Reviving the Nonmilitary Instruments of...

News Full Coverage - Google Full Coverage - Yahoo Full Coverage - Dawn Bhutto Assassinated - Washington Post Bhutto Assassinated - New York Times Bhutto Assassinated - Los Angeles Times Bhutto...

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...