“The problem is that you cannot prove yourself against someone who is much weaker than yourself. They are in a lose/lose situation. If you are strong and fighting the weak, then if you kill your opponent then you are a scoundrel... if you let him kill you, then you are an idiot. So here is a dilemma which others have suffered before us, and for which as far as I can see there is simply no escape.”

-- Martin van Creveld

"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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This article presents a red team exercise that posits requirements for an Afghan Taliban victory in Afghanistan.

Humans encroach on the wilderness, but nature extracts its own not so subtle revenge with the tools of drought and fire. Such as it is today.

Based on a request from SOCOM to the Director of the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies, the author and his instructor briefed this paper and its ideas to the J39 of SOCOM.

Alex first reported on this issue for The Washington Times.  Here's the rest of her story.

It is important to assess the progress of the PLAAF’s degree of progress toward achieving the capabilities it requires by the early 2030s and this paper intends to do so.

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"How is a military built around 12-month rotations able to retain knowledge about the local area and build relationships overseas?"

In May 2016, CSBA, teamed with Poland’s National Centre for Strategic Studies, led a tabletop exercise to address issue important to both countries and NATO.

A day after Turkey dismissed more than 2,400 military personnel, its Supreme Military Council gathered to try to put the pieces back together.

"Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, the official spokesman for the IS, has come pretty close to acknowledging that the territory controlled by the group is slipping away."

Continue on for a link and props for the new Brookings’s Focus Book - 'Bending History: Barack Obama's Foreign Policy'.