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Via Abu Muqawama - draft QDR leaked via Inside Defense... Big news in defense policy circles. A draft of the QDR has been leaked to Inside Defense... Unclassified//Fouo

The Challenges of Reconstruction in Afghanistan - Judah Grunstein, World Politics Review. With all eyes on London and the high-profile Afghanistan Conference, a quieter gathering that took place...

Military Partnerships May Be the Nation's Best Path to Peace - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. Gen. Stanley McChrystal this week expressed a truth that military commanders know better than...

Afghan Tribe Vows to Fight Taliban in Return for U.S. Aid - Dexter Filkens, New York Times. The leaders of one of the largest Pashtun tribes in a Taliban stronghold said Wednesday that they had...

Reintegration, Reconciliation: What Do We Mean? - Simon Shercliff, UK's First Secretary of Foreign Security and Policy, Washington, DC After comments by Secretary Gates on his recent India/Pakistan...

The HEAT being in this case High-End Asymmetric Threats. Two examples of HEAT in recent news. First, writing in his column at Foreign Policy, Josh Rogin tabulated the ten worst Chinese cyber attacks...

U.S. Envoy's Cables Show Concerns on Afghan War Plans - Eric Schmitt, New York Times. The United States ambassador in Kabul warned his superiors here in November that President Hamid Karzai of...

On Tuesday and Wednesday (Jan. 26-27), Radio Free Europe / Radio LIberty (RFE/RL) will provide live video streaming of the international conference, "Provincial Reconstruction Teams: Challenges of...

Contested Commons: The Future of American Power in a Multipolar World - Abraham M. Denmark, Dr. James Mulvenon, Frank Hoffman, Lt Col Kelly Martin, USAF, Oliver Fritz, Eric Sterner, Dr. Greg Rattray...

The Post-COIN Era is Here - Mark Safranski, Zenpundit There has been, for years, an ongoing debate in the defense and national security community over the proper place of COIN doctrine in the...

From the MIME-NET information section on YouTube: 'Human Terrain' is two stories in one. The first exposes the U.S. effort to enlist the best and the brightest of American universities in a struggle...

Afghanistan / Pakistan Karzai Urges West to Buy Off the Taliban - The Times Afghan Parliamentary Elections Postponed - The Times Afghanistan Delays Parliamentary Elections - Associated Press Foot on...

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) The U.S. military should keep a low profile in Haiti, 2) With China in mind, Gates deepens the U.S. defense relationship...

There's a very nice piece in today's Diane Rehm Show on Targeted Assassinations in the War Against Al Qaeda. Discussion includes the application of the law of war to the CIA's use of drones and the...

Towards a U.S. Army Officer Corps Strategy for Success: Retaining Talent - Colonel Casey Wardynski, Major David S. Lyle, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Michael J. Colarusso, U.S. Army War College Strategic...

Gates: Afghan Reconciliation Efforts Critical - Yochi J. Dreazen, Wall Street Journal. The Obama administration offered cautious support for the Afghan government's new outreach effort to the...

A Certain Trumpet - Major General Ed Scholes, USA (Ret.), Veterans of Special Forces ... If anyone or any organization/agency conducts an objective critique of this nation's military strategy,...

Jim Gant, the Green Beret Who Could Win the War in Afghanistan - Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post opinion. It was the spring of 2003, and Capt. Jim Gant and his Special Forces team had just fought...

Poor Schooling Slows Anti-terrorism Effort in Pakistan - Griff Witte, Washington Post. With a curriculum that glorifies violence in the name of Islam and ignores basic history, science and math,...

Haiti: What We're Getting Into - Tim Sullivan, AEI's Center for Defense Studies (CDS). In the weeks ahead, the Center for Defense Studies will be producing a series of backgrounders on the U.S....

Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Google goes where the U.S. government has feared to tread, 2) Computers must take over counter-terrorism analysis. Google...

U.S. Approves Training to Expand Afghan Army - Rod Nordland, New York Times. The Pentagon has authorized a substantial increase in the number of Afghan security forces it plans to train by next year...

The State of State: A Proposal for Reorganization at Foggy Bottom - Matt Armstrong, Progressive Fix. The past decade has seen the U.S. government expand its activities around the globe in response...

Generals Should be Guided by Truth, Not Politics - Lawrence J. Korb, Washington Post opinion. In his Dec. 27 column, ["An admiral who found the center," op-ed], David Ignatius distorts the proper...

What Can Robert Gates Achieve in Extra Year at Pentagon? - Gordon Lubold, Christian Science Monitor. Defense Secretary Robert Gates's decision to stay on another year allows him to cement many of...

Can Intelligence Be Intelligent? - Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal opinion. 'Intelligence," Daniel Patrick Moynihan once observed, "is not to be confused with intelligence." To read two recent...

Israeli Robots Remake Battlefield - Charles Levinson, Wall Street Journal. Israel is developing an army of robotic fighting machines that offers a window onto the potential future of warfare. Sixty...

The United States will not succeed in Afghanistan if Afghanistan's own security forces don't eventually secure the country. Few analysts dispute this point. But do the U.S. and Afghan governments...

No Exit: America has an impressive record of starting wars but a dismal one of ending them well. - Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative. President Obama's decision to escalate U.S. military...

How the CIA Can Improve its Operations in Afghanistan - David Ignatius, Washington Post opinion. In terms of loss of life, the bombing of the CIA base in Khost, Afghanistan, may be the most costly...