- Writing Competition: “Shaping Our NATO” by SWJ Editors
Continue on for information concerning “Shaping Our NATO”.
- The Sounds of Time by Keith Nightingale
At the Hotel DeVille, the city hall of St Mere Eglise, France, the latest memorial ceremony highlights how tenuous is our hold on D Day first person participants.
- *UPDATED* TRADOC G-2 Call for Papers: Strategic Security Environment 2050 by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Continue on for an updated Mad Scientist conference call for papers.
- Perception is Reality: SOF in the Gray Zone by David S. Maxwell
Some excellent work by Special Forces students at the Naval Postgraduate School.
- Obama Widens U.S. Afghan Role in Final Months in Office by Associated Press
"Far from ending the two wars he inherited from the Bush administration, Obama is wrestling with an expanded set of conflicts in the final months of his presidency."
- The War of the Future? Picture Big Armies and Many Fronts by The New York Times
“Conventional forces, Special Forces, guerrillas, terrorists, criminals all mixed together in a highly complex terrain environment, with potentially high densities of civilians.”
- Report: The Strategic Costs of Civilian Harm by Open Society Foundations
The report argues that the United States should develop a Uniform Policy on Civilian Protection.
- Shifting Attention to Mediterranean, NATO Fights Internal Dissent by The New York Times
"NATO is discussing how to step up its response to the European migrant crisis by expanding its presence in the Mediterranean region."
- U.S. Will Seek Billions More to Support Afghan Military Efforts by The Washington Post
"More cash for Afghanistan’s army and police force — without any new conditions to try to ensure it doesn’t get gobbled up before making it to the battlefield."
- The Pentagon's Controversial Plan to Hire Military Leaders Off the Street by Military Times
"Defense Secretary Ash Carter wants to open the door for more “lateral entry” into the military's upper ranks."
- Boxes by Keith Nightingale
An Infantryman’s life is defined by boxes. They carry, they feed, they arm, they sustain and they contain.
- CNAS Releases ISIS Study Group Final Report by The Center for a New American Security
Continue on for the executive summary and a link to the full report.
- DOJ and FBI Backtrack After Criticism for Removing ISIS from Orlando Transcript by The Christian Science Monitor
“The true debate isn't about how much coverage ISIS merits, but what type.”
- Australian Army Research Papers by Australian Army Research Papers
Continue on for links to the latest, 'Short War in a Perpetual Conflict', and previous Australian Army Research Papers.
- Combating Terrorism Center Sentinel, Volume 9, Issue 6 (June 2016), Now Posted by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
Continue on for a cover story overview and a link to each article.
- Inside the Pentagon's Secretive Preparations for a 'Cyber 9/11' by Military Times
“For us, it’s not a question of if it will happen but when.”
- The Perils and Prospects of the Infantry Brigade Combat Team in the Twenty-First Century by Andy Forney
Today’s infantry brigade combat teams share striking similarities with their World War I antecedents.
- Obama’s Generals Want More U.S. Troops in Iraq by The Washington Post
“What MacFarland is trying to do is again make another change. When MacFarland is talking about increasing the numbers again dramatically, that’s what he needs to do.”
- U.S. Officials: Gains Against Islamic State Not Yet Enough, Could Backfire by Reuters
“U.S. officials and outside experts warn that the U.S.-backed air and ground campaign is far from eradicating the radical Islamic group, and could even backfire.”
- USAID Should Become the Department of Nation-Building by Foreign Policy
“Washington’s top development agency needs to focus on building governments, not democracies, in chaotic foreign countries.”
- Afghan Interpreters: A Broken Promise in Afghanistan by The New York Times
“Since the American-led invasion in 2001, our service members and diplomats have relied on thousands of Afghans, particularly as interpreters.”
- Outplayed: Regaining Strategic Initiative in the Gray Zone by The Strategic Studies Institute
A report sponsored by the Army Capabilities Integration Center in Coordination with Joint Staff J-39/Strategic Multi-Layer Assessment Branch.
- How the Red Cross Killed Non-Lethal Weapons by The Wall Street Journal and Gary Anderson
"Regrettably, the human-rights groups were intransigent, and most of us in the military concluded that we shouldn’t spend scarce dollars on systems that would never be used."
- British Voters Choose to Exit EU, PM Cameron to Step Down by Voice of America
Britain has made a historic decision to leave the European Union in a referendum that stoked passions on issues of immigration and sovereignty.
- Get Ready for Another Iraq War by The Washington Post
“We have a military plan to defeat the Islamic State but we have yet to articulate a political plan to ensure Iraq’s long-term stability.”
- Hundreds of New US Troops to Iraq a "Possibility" by CNN News
“There have been several meetings to begin to determine if more troops are needed for the upcoming battle for Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul.”
- Desert Storm Veterans' Memorial Planned by SWJ Editors
"The effort to create the National Desert Storm Veterans War Memorial is gaining strength. The memorial is planned for the northwestern corner of the National Mall."
- Countering Online Radicalization by The Foreign Policy Initiative
“ISIS invests a substantial amount of time and effort to cultivate Western recruits via social media. There are several different approaches toward countering online radicalization.”
- U.S. Lawmakers Vow to Continue Immigrant Program for Interpreters by Voice of America
U.S. lawmakers say they want to make sure a program that enables Afghan military interpreters to immigrate to the U.S. continues without interruption.
- Landing Together: Pacific Amphibious Development and Implications for the U.S. Fleet by Center for Strategic & International Studies
Continue on for links to the Center for Strategic and International Studies report and this morning’s live webcast.
- Infinity Journal Special Edition by Infinity Journal
Continue on for links to IJ’s special edition "The Post-Operational Level Age of War".
- Istanbul Attack Counters Narrative ISIS is 'Losing' by The Christian Science Monitor
“The attack on Istanbul’s main airport by ISIS showed that the jihadist group can still strike with devastating effect despite losing ground and fighters in Syria and Iraq.”
- Turkey Teetering on the Razor`s Edge of Terror: The Istanbul Ataturk Airport Attacks by Ozer Khalid
It is likelier that Turkey will now strategically prioritize the ISIS security threat, giving it equal weight to both Kurdish terrorism and the dangers posed by Syria’s Assad.
- After Fallujah, Iraq Gears Up to Rid Mosul of Islamic State by Voice of America
Riding high on Iraq’s victory over Islamic State fighters in Fallujah, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi confidently said the northwest city of Mosul would be next.
- The 4th of July: Confronting Terror and the Enduring Strength of the American Spirit by Christopher Kelly
Thanks to the courage and sacrifice of those American patriots who have served in our military and those that serve today, we are able to celebrate the Fourth of July.
- Fallujah’s Importance to ISIS Helped Iraq Recapture City by The Wall Street Journal
"For Islamic State, this city was unlike any other: the birthplace of its movement and the first urban center it seized in a blitz that began the occupation of a...
- Report: U.S. Sailors Detention by Iranian Forces ‘Wholly Preventable' by Voice of America
The detention of 10 U.S. sailors by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps was “wholly preventable," according to the commander of naval forces in the Middle East.