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On 22 March 2007, Inside the Pentagon published an article by Rati Bishnoi entitled "Army Officials Call DoD Models Insufficient for Modeling Unrestricted Warfare." The tone of the piece laments the...

I'd like to follow up Dave Kilcullen's commentary about Dr. Luttwak's specious article. Dr. Kilcullen is too much of a gentleman to suggest that someone has not taken their medication, yet he was...

Thoughts from the Field on David Kilcullen's 28 Articles (Part IV) Compiled by Mr. Thomas P. Odom David Kilcullen intended his Twenty-Eight Articles, Fundamentals of Company-level Counterinsurgency...

Thoughts from the Field on David Kilcullen's 28 Articles (Part III) Compiled by Mr. Thomas P. Odom David Kilcullen intended his Twenty-Eight Articles, Fundamentals of Company-level Counterinsurgency...

Thoughts from the Field on David Kilcullen's 28 Articles (Part II) Compiled by Mr. Thomas P. Odom David Kilcullen intended his Twenty-Eight Articles, Fundamentals of Company-level Counterinsurgency...

Thoughts from the Field on David Kilcullen's 28 Articles (Part I) Compiled by Mr. Thomas P. Odom Within this context, what follows are observations from collective experience: the distilled essence...

I spent a few hours recently, reading Edward N. Luttwak's article in Harper's Magazine, "Dead End: Counter-Insurgency as Military Malpractice", and carefully thinking over his argument. It was a...

Several odds and ends from the Small Wars Journal and Council... Bing West is off to Iraq again to research his next OIF / Telic book -- Do or Die.  The third in his Iraq 'trilogy' (...

To the Iraqi People: Monday, April 9, 2007 will mark the 4th anniversary of the liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussein's regime. For many in Iraq and around the world, it will be a time for...

SWJ friend Jim Guirard of the TrueSpeak Institute e-mailed us his latest Words Have Meaning related commentary. Peter Beinert's "The War of the Words" essay in the Washington Post (Op-ed, April 1) is...

Sunni Tribes Battle al Qaeda Terrorists in the Insurgency's Stronghold Last fall, President Bush, citing the violence in Baghdad, said that the U.S. strategy in Iraq was "slowly failing....

U.S. Army Captain John Shermer e-mailed us his thoughts on Operation Tigris Waves as seen through the lens of Dr. David Kilcullen's Twenty-Eight Articles : Fundamentals of Company-Level...

The latest in our 'posts of note' series. Posted by Maximus on the Small Wars Council and Marine Corps Gazette discussion boards, I thought this Q&A with a Marine Corps lieutenant would be of...

I've gotten lots of feedback on this National Public Radio (Future Iraqi Advisers Face Hard Lessons) piece that ran this week in which Steve Inskeep and I discussed the moral dilemmas that often...

US Army Captain and Small Wars Council member Captain Ryan Kranc e-mailed us yesterday with his thoughts on advising indigenous forces. CPT Kranc is a two-tour Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who...

The following is a summary of an article that will appear in Volume 8 of the Small Wars Journal online magazine to be published in April. Scott Swanson is an intelligence specialist who advises...

It has been an interesting few weeks here in Baghdad. Myself and the other advisors felt that a comment on recent developments might be in order. It is still early days for Fardh al-Qanoon (a.k.a the...

Do timetables work? So asks Small Wars Council member TROUFION on this Council thread. The Wall Street Journal also addresses the issues surrounding the House's micromanagement of the war and the...

Professor Colin Kahl of the University of Minnesota's Political Science Department has been kind enough to permit the Small Wars Journal to post an e-mail of his that was widely circulated. This e-...

I've been on Jim Guirard's (TrueSpeak.org) e-mail list for years and have found his discussion of 'the power of words' quite fascinating, to say the least. Jim is an 'out of the box' thinker in...

Even the liberal-leaning and oft anti-war Los Angeles Times has concerns, as expressed in an editorial this morning - Do We Really Need a Gen. Pelosi? Though the focus is on the surge, the LA...

Just below the 24/7 "if it bleeds it leads" MSM headlines there is another story -- an encouraging story -- concerning our worldwide counterinsurgency efforts. What follows is a sampling of recent...

In the April 2007 edition of Vanity Fair - The Night of the Generals by David Margolick. The six retired generals who stepped forward last spring to publicly attack Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld...

Based upon a February 2007 trip revisiting locales in Anbar and Baghdad that I had tracked for years, permit me to offer the following observations. Overview. What is shaping up in Iraq? There are...

Today's Guardian article ("Military Chiefs Give US Six Months to Win Iraq War") misrepresents the Baghdad advisers. So much so, it makes me doubt the reliability of the single, unidentified source...

[Note: While I have received official approval to offer personal comment at SWJBlog, the following post has not been vetted or screened in any way. It represents personal opinion only, and is...

I'll lead off with two short excerpts from the new Army Counterinsurgency (COIN) Field Manual, FM 3-24 and Marine Corps Warfighting Publication 3-33.5: - Insurgencies are protracted by nature. Thus...

Here's a generous offer from Council member Tom Odom over on our discussion board... An Offer to Potential Authors To many, the idea of writing is harkens back to memories of dental work; it is...

Posted to the Small Wars Council by Jedburgh... Headquarters Multi-National Force - Iraq Baghdad, Iraq APO AE 09342-1400 February 10, 2007 Office of the Commanding General To the Soldiers, Sailors,...

All organizations must be concerned with the growth, retention, and utilization of their best and brightest. Call them what you will -- the Iron Majors, the Strategic Corporals, the go-to desk...