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Audio interview at National Public Radio with Colonel Sean MacFarland (USA). COL MacFarland played a key role in the effort to stabilize Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province. He returned from...

It has come to my attention that a Joint Staff memorandum by Information Operations analyst Stephen Coughlin describing the nefarious aspirations of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Salafi-Wahhabi-al...

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Peter Pace gives his farewell to the troops at the Pentagon Courtyard, September 20, 2007

Soldiers of the 3rd Platoon, 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, come to the aid of an Iraqi family in Adhamiyah, September 15, 2007 Provincial Reconstruction Team members on a mission to improve...

Several items from the latest edition of Armed Forces Journal: Eating Soup with a Spoon - Lieutenant Colonel Gian Gentile The Army's new manual on counterinsurgency operations (COIN), in many...

Charlie Rose Show - 14 September 2007

Iraq Trip Report By Linda Robinson During a three-week trip to Iraq in late August and early September, I found the security situation improved compared to the spring and even more markedly over...

Yellow Ribbons on Cars Don't Measure Real Support -- Douglas MacKinnon, Houston Chronicle Hat Tips to Dave Maxwell and Mac McAllister for pointing to this op-ed. Who in the United States really...

Australian PRTs in Afghanistan David Axe - Aviation Week Hat Tip - Civil-Military Relations and War is Boring Blogs

Michelle Malkin has the details and most likely will be posting additonal links to this event. Nothing follows.

The U.S. Army Combined Arms Center has posted the September - October 2007 issue of Military Review. Always a 'must read', links to individual articles follow, enjoy. Featured Articles Learning...

By J. Eli Margolis Earlier this week, America's top two officials in Iraq testified before Congress about the war in Iraq. Ambassador Crocker described slow but sure progress; General Petraeus spoke...

'Iraq First' -- Iraqi National Security Strategy 2007 -- 2010, in English, dated July 2007.

Update 12 September 2007: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced yesterday that the President has nominated U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis for appointment to the rank of general...

Army PRT Playbook, USMC lessons learned, Army-Marine Corps division of labor, lessons from Iraq on negotiating, Mac McAllister, John Nagl, Hugo Chavez, unrestricted warfare, and the People's...

General David Petraeus Mr. Chairmen, Ranking Members, Members of the Committees, thank you for the opportunity to provide my assessment of the security situation in Iraq and to discuss the...

By Major General Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF What are the insurgents thinking as General David H. Petraeus prepares to testify about the state of the war in Iraq? If they are historically-minded,...

Note: This entry is a longer version of an article written for Military.com and Defense Tech with the intent to provide basic background, things to look for and potential roadblocks concerning our...

Multi-National Force - Iraq Video Nothing follows.

HEADQUARTERS MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE -- IRAQ BAGHDAD, IRAQ APO AE 09342-1400 7 September 2007 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and Civilians of Multi-National Force-Iraq We are now...

By Rob Thornton I promise this is not a NPR or PBS funding drive. However, we can tell by the number of new Small Wars Council (SWC) members and the number of visits to the site that clearly there...

By Robert J. Bunker and Hakim Hazim The recent U.S. consideration to designate the 125,000 person strong Revolutionary Guard of Iran as a "specially designated global terrorist" (per Executive Order...

See this post at Small Wars Council. We are trying to work with our web host to eliminate some of the availability problems we are having. We picked a top rated host, but so far it isn't apparent....

Louis Armstrong

Authors note: This article was first published in March 2005. The information is as relevant today as it was two years ago. The student of counterinsurgency should read this article within a broader...

Some aspects of the war in Iraq are hard to fit into "classical" models of insurgency. One of these is the growing tribal uprising against al Qa'ida, which could transform the war in ways not...

MNF-I counterinsurgency adviser and SWJ blogger Dave Kilcullen was featured in a 29 August op-ed piece in The Australian - Our Leaders Must Match Iraqis by Janet Alberechtsen. Alberechtsen opens...

An active duty Army field-grade officer on his 3rd tour in Iraq, Small Wars Council member Patriot, discusses officer retention for company and field grade ranks: I wanted to share some of my...

History Proves Vietnam Victors Wrong -- Senator James Webb (D-VA), Wall Street Journal (28 April 2000) ... While it is correct to say that the American people wearied of an ineffective national...