“The US must take the lead in realigning the global power architecture in such a way that the violence erupting within and occasionally projected beyond the Muslim world—and in the future possibly from other parts of what used to be called the Third World—can be contained without destroying the global order.”

                                                                                        -- Zbigniew Brzezinski

"Small wars are operations undertaken under executive authority, wherein military force is combined with diplomatic pressure in the internal or external affairs of another state whose government is unstable, inadequate, or unsatisfactory for the preservation of life and of such interests as are determined by the foreign policy of our Nation."

-- Small Wars Manual, 1940

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According to Andrew Bacevich the central question to be investigated is how and where did we get our grand strategy for the Middle East wrong?

The Syrian Civil War is notable because communications and social technology have pervaded almost every aspect of this conflict.

A Redeye Man Portable Air Defense System seized was in the possession of armed personnel belonging to La Linea.

An update on week 3 of Stanford University’s Hacking for Defense course.

New ways of thinking must guide an evolving counterterror policy, lest we find ourselves perpetually threatened by extremism.

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“The U.S. Army decided to retain a Green Beret it had planned to kick out after he physically confronted a local Afghan commander accused of raping a boy over the course of many days.”

“U.S. military leaders faced skepticism Thursday on Capitol Hill as they made the case that President Obama’s strategy in Iraq and Syria is beginning to show results.”

As fighting intensified, the U.N. envoy to Syria pleaded with the United States and Russia to intervene "at the highest level" to revive struggling peace talks.

Efforts to squeeze the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have put the self-declared caliphate on shaky ground, leaving the group in perhaps its most vulnerable state.

It seems audaciously optimistic that America would only apply a larger Army against the problems our military leaders want it applied against.