“I cannot be a part of an organization – The Kennedy School – that honors a convicted felon.”

-- Michael Morell

“Ms. Manning stands against everything the brave men and women I serve alongside stand for, he is a traitor to the United States of America.”

-- Mike Pompeo

Soldiers of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division

Search and Destroy Mission - Mekong Delta - 9 August 1967

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If I have learned anything in my long career of service to my country, it is that there are many fights that can be better fought non-lethally than lethally.

CBRN based terror attacks by the far-right have become a serious threat scenario. One of the key counter-measures is early detection of plots during the phase of preparation.

General David Petraeus - Interview by Dr. Joseph Collins and Mr. Nathan White - CCO PRISM

It’s an appropriate time to reflect upon the role of diplomacy in the War on Terror through the years of the Bush and Obama administrations.

A reduced U.S. military footprint around the world coupled with an increase in state and non-state threats has forced us to reconsider our strategy and posture.

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President Donald Trump, in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, doubled down on criticisms of North Korea, Iran, Cuba and Venezuela.

“The country may never become a fully-fledged democracy, but staying the course may be the only option.”

"The Senate-passed, fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization Bill carries two little-publicized amendments that will impact future war-fighting capabilities."

"The contest for territory is playing out in Deir Ezzour, an oil-rich province where Islamic State has fought to protect its revenue streams."

“That advantage isn’t only about the relative difficulty of getting to the U.S. from the Middle East as compared with getting to continental Europe, but that’s a lot of it.”