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Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

Top 10 COIN Heartthrobs

Here’s my list of ten of the most influential people in the counterinsurgency community. For scathing responses from all the people who could have done better, you can read this discussion on Small Wars Journal. The comment I agree with is the one that says lists of this sort are intended as conversation starters.  Flickr/BillyChic

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Here's my list of ten of the most influential people in the counterinsurgency community. For scathing responses from all the people who could have done better, you can read this discussion on Small Wars Journal. The comment I agree with is the one that says lists of this sort are intended as conversation starters. 

Flickr/BillyChic

Here’s my list of ten of the most influential people in the counterinsurgency community. For scathing responses from all the people who could have done better, you can read this discussion on Small Wars Journal. The comment I agree with is the one that says lists of this sort are intended as conversation starters. 

Flickr/BillyChic

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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