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On-going research on “mega-cities” highlights aspects of large, unplanned cities that make them an operational challenge.

An Army culture that valued robust formations with overwhelming resources must now transform into a culture that embraces the reorganization of the current operational force. 

Tony M. Kail, Narco-Cults: Understanding the Use of Afro-Caribbean and Mexican Religious Cultures in the Drug Wars. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2015. 345 Pages. $59.95.

We should recognize that the enemies we fought in Afghanistan and Iraq possessed many advantages, including a level of freedom and knowledge that we sometimes ignore.

Today’s terrorist organizations more resemble organized criminal organizations rather than the strictly political or military organizations they once were.

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As an international community, our accepted standards of conduct in battle have transformed radically over the last half-century.

Plans to take the Army from its high of 570,000 to 490,000 today, and then to reduce it again to 450,000 soldiers seemed prudent a few years ago.

Building the capacity of Afghan special operations forces is a key goal of the United States and its coalition partners.

Islamist militant attacks in Tunisia have caused the government to consider building a wall in the desert to keep future attackers out.

"To be sure, the nation always reduces its military as wars wind down. Other services suffer reductions and shortages. But only the Army breaks."