Pakistan military officers are split. Some want to attack key North Waziristan Taliban, including the Haqqani network. Others don't want to challenge the Taliban leader who controls swaths of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Obama has a fair amount of public support for the war in Afghanistan. But given palpable public war weariness after eight years, that could quickly erode if things do not go well.
President Obama's speech on Afghanistan at West Point Tuesday is expected to appeal to Europe to match his troop surge. Will Europeans provide 10,000 soldiers?
The US military steps up efforts to stop Iran from using the marshes of southern Iraq to smuggle weapons.
Officers are forging a new approach in the south, building trust with their Iraqi counterparts.
The conference focuses on the trans-Sahel, a desert area spanning four N. African countries where Al Qaeda operatives are believed to be training.
The US Army is seeking to sustain the adaptability and creativity officers gained in fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.