I missed this great article by Elisabeth Bumiller at the New York Times yesterday--a close look at the question of whether the COIN strategy can be counted as successful or not. The debate is raging particularly loudly at West Point, and Bumiller interviews a number of faculty there for her story.
Lots of reaction to the New York Times story yesterday, at Lawfare and elsewhere. Micah Zenko and Emma Welch react over at Foreign Policy, Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic, David Frum writes at The Daily Beast. Also, watch PBS Newshour's Ray Suarez interview Scott Shane after he previews an upcoming Frontline report on Al Qaeda:
The Obama administration is taking a lot of heat over its aggressive use of drone strikes following its announcement that Al Qaeda in Afghanistan's #2 was killed in an attack yesterday. Carlo Munoz at The Hill reports.
The AP tells us that a Yemeni airstrike in the southern portion of the country has killed ten Al Qaeda-connected militants.
We mentioned earlier that the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA locate Osama bin Laden has been sentenced to 33 years in prison. Rand Paul is having none of that, and so has introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at getting Dr. Afridi released: one would cut of all aid to Pakistan until he is freed and allowed to leave the country, and the other would give him American citizenship (his wife is an American citizen). Kevin Robillard at Politico reports.
It's official: Flame, the computer virus that is believed to be the most destructive yet, has penetrated high-ranking Iranian officials' computers. Thomas Erdbrink at the New York Times reports on interviews with Iranian officials who are pointing the finger at Israel:
The virus bears special encryption hallmarks that an Iranian cyberdefense official said have strong similarities to previous Israeli malware. “Its encryption has a special pattern which you only see coming from Israel,” said Kamran Napelian, an official with Iran’s Computer Emergency Response Team. “Unfortunately, they are very powerful in the field of I.T.”
Ellen Nakashima also reported on the news from Iran at the Washington Post.
Wondering what direction to take your career in to ensure job security? Alec Ross, the State Department's advisor for innovation, says "cybersecurity," according to this story by Mashable's Alexander Fitzpatrick.
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