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Col. (Ret.) John Collins spent 30 years (and three wars) as an officer in the U.S. Army and then another 25 years as a researcher for the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Known in the defense policy community as "The Warlord" for his stewardship of an email listserv that goes by the same name, he is one of the most experienced and wisest strategic thinkers in the United States. As the national defense community considers the possibility of military intervention in Libya, the Warlord's checklist of key considerations, first published by the CRS and then by Parameters, demands careful study and provides a useful framework for policy makers: