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Recently several lieutenants have written me to share their fears and anxieties about their own particular development as the tectonic plates of the Army and budgets continue to shift.

Not Your Grandfather's Insurgency - Criminal, Spiritual, and Plutocratic by Dr. Robert J. Bunker, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College

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The guiding principle that can best reform or take an organization to the next level is efficiency.

Strategic Horizons: All Options Bad If Mexico’s Drug Violence Expands to U.S. by Steven Metz, World Politics Review

There’s no talk of “victory,” or how the U.S. should spend its share of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth, or how to use the peace dividend from a world made safe from Al Qaeda.

Counterinsurgency Expert: We Need to Rethink How We Fight by Howard Altman, Tampa Tribune.

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A new era of security burden-sharing could be on the horizon for a war-weary US, with France taking an aggressive lead in Africa and Germany showing a willingness to take a more assertive role.

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From Stalemate to Settlement : Lessons for Afghanistan from Historical Insurgencies That Have Been Resolved Through Negotiations by Colin P. Clarke and Christopher Paul, RAND Corporation.

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U.S. Seeks Prisoner Swap with Taliban to Free Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by Anne Gearan and Ernesto Londoño, Washington Post.

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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