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-- Robert the Bruce

Deck Approach - An Air-Cushioned Landing Craft Approaches the Well Deck of the USS New York in the Atlantic Ocean.

"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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The Iraqi MoD’s presence on social media--and Facebook in particular--has been a crucial element of its military learning process since 2014.

Responding to the crisis of ineffective governance will require governance advising during all phases of military operations.  We describe here the potential role of the SFAB in such a response.

Recently, I spoke with four individuals about the ongoing and evolving crisis concerning Post-Independence Referendum Iraqi Kurdistan.

The growing lethality of N. Korea’s military increasingly undercuts America’s ability to use diplomatic pressure, economic sanctions or military force to counter its provocative behavior.

A battle for spiritual dominance and power is taking place in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

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"The White House has developed a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, whose relationship with President Trump has been strained."

Continue on for a holiday note.

"These are all serious issues. However, the Army's strategy for addressing network shortfalls is not a serious response."

Many resisted the concept at first, including the then-President Hamid Karzai, local units without central government’s authority would resemble the militias of the past.

"A once shadowy mission in the Sahel region of western and north-central Africa has been illuminated since the attack that killed four U.S. soldiers in Niger."