SWJ Blog is a multi-author blog publishing news and commentary on the various goings on across the broad community of practice.  We gladly accept guest posts from serious voices in the community.

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

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

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. "

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

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.

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

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.

A study obtained by VOA shows that Afghan citizens overwhelmingly oppose Taliban rule.

Mexico essentially legalized the country’s growing “self-defense” groups while also announcing that security forces had captured one of the four top leaders of the Knights Templar...

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

Military Plans Reflect Afghanistan Uncertainty by Thom Shanker, New York Times.

"The future of NATO must remain among the West's highest security priorities. For a number of reasons, that isn't happening."

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

Violence and instability rage in the Middle East and Africa. Preserving forces’ readiness and capabilities in PACOM means less elsewhere. Can we afford to take risk in CENTCOM or AFRICOM?

"Rather than allowing the Afghans to find their own solutions to the insurgency, the United States bequeathed its ally a reductionist approach. "

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

Continue on for information concerning the Modern Warfare’s Complexity and the Human Dimension: Implications for Policymakers, Warfighters, NGOs and the Private Sector conference.

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have wound down, President Barack Obama has spent significantly less time on the topics of national security and veterans policy.