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Kilcullen Speaks: On COIN Going Out of Style, His Recent Book, Syria, and More by Tom Ricks, FP’s Best Defense.

Marine Corps leaders have ordered the independent Marine Corps Times newspaper removed from its prominent newsstand location.

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Afghan Soldiers Desperate for Pact with US, Criticize President Karzai for Delay by Kevin Sieff, Washington Post.

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With the QDR looming in midst of continuing fiscal pressures, many experts anticipate significant reductions in the capacity or size of American Landpower.

At the Summit: Duty -  Memoirs of a Secretary at War, by Robert M. Gates - National Review Book Review by Bing West.

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G.I. Joe is turning 50 and the birthday of what's called the world's first action figure is being celebrated this month.

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Members of the Texas-born Barrio Azteca gang are receiving training from Mexico's Zetas.

Do Drones Present New Military Opportunities or are they Simply an Updated Technological Variant of Age-old Weapons and Tactics? Hoover Institution / Stanford University background paper.

Drawing clear lessons from post-mortems and “after action reviews” is a delicate matter because they can be politicized too readily.  But it can and must be done.

The Wars Robert Gates Got Wrong by Jonathan Alter, The New Yorker

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Army criminal investigators are probing the actions of more than 1,200 individuals who collected suspect payouts totaling more than $29 million.

Military Force vs. Diplomacy: One Without the Other? By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Defense One

Lessons Observed on Lessons Observed: IEDs, Advising, and Armor by Jason Fritz, War on the Rocks

One of the world's largest and most notorious drug cartels is targeting Hong Kong as it seeks to expand its operations into lucrative new markets.

"The manufacturing of tanks - powerful but cumbersome - is no longer essential, the military says. "

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The African Union summit wrapped up Friday with a call to fast-track an African standby force to better respond to conflicts across the continent.

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The ranks of the paramilitary movement have dwindled since the US military withdrawal in 2011, and Maliki is facing insurrection from parts of the country’s wider Sunni minority.

“The United States should, with a focused effort and in partnership with other states, make a significant push to improve security in Africa.”

The concept of federalism goes beyond having provincial, regional, and sub-regional governing institutions.