The Washington Post - A minor classic about war.

The New York Times - A vivid and unbiased portrait of one Vietnamese hamlet in the grip of war...Exceptional insight....West has told this story with honesty and without embroidery, while bringing out its inherent human drama.

Washington Post Book Review - This is the way Vietnam should have been fought -- by tough volunteers who lived alongside the Vietnamese....It will take the sternest ideologue to remain unmoved by West's perceptive and human treatment of the men who fought it....It's an account of brave men at war in a far country, honestly told.

Pacific Affairs - Pure Hemingway in the best sense of that characterization....West brilliantly portrays the drama of a war few Americans have known.

-- On Bing West’s The Village

Army paratroopers jump from an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III during airborne training over Malemute drop zone at Joint Base Elmerdorf-Richardson, Alaska.

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-- Small Wars Manual, 1940

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With new aircraft, at-home training, maintenance practices, and a new generation of eager pilots and aircrew, it will be possible to begin to turn the tide at all levels of the Afghan war.

Common sense and cool heads are required to bring the current new Cold War atmosphere back into a safer zone of dialogue and engagement.

The purpose of this short review is to present a different concept of deception - that it should be viewed as a pervasive and elemental force in operations.

The purpose of this essay is to generate discussion regarding a new way to incorporate near-peer Electronic Warfare threats into the operations planning process.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s epic, 18-hour television series on the war in Vietnam left me feeling the same way that the war did: sad, depressed, disillusioned, and ready for it to end.

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"The Trump administration wants to be engaged in Syria as the threat from Iran rises and Islamic State recedes, the Secretary of State said."

"Turkey is massing troops on the border with Syria and has said it would launch full-scale attacks on the Kurdish force there."

“I think the situation in Iraq is a lot different than it was three or four years ago when ISIS came rolling out of the desert."

"A former CIA officer suspected of helping China identify the agency’s informants in that country has been arrested."

"Pockets of ISIS fighters remain in Iraq, but the No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq says those remaining fighters have been cornered and unable to coordinate attacks."