- Getting the Military and Social Scientists Back Together: The Need for “Expeditionary Social Science” by The Modern War Institute
"The military and the academy need each other, at least when it comes to enhancing our understanding of war."
- 15 Years in the Afghan Crucible by The New York Times
"Sometimes it feels as if we are back to square one, that there is nothing to show for it."
- Plans Take Shape for Iraqi Assault on Mosul by Voice of America
Officials of the U.S.-led coalition assisting Iraq say up to 45,000 troops will be needed to keep Mosul secure after it is recaptured.
- The Way It Is by Keith Nightingale
Killing is easy. Living with it later is far harder.
- Santa Muerte: The Enigmatic Allure of the Beautiful Girl by Robert Bunker
"Who is this alluring, conflicted and mysterious woman? If you have been paying attention to the news you might know her by her most common name – la Santa Muerte,...
- The U.S. and U.N. Have Abandoned Christian Refugees by The Wall Street Journal
"The U.N.’s next secretary-general, António Guterres, says that persecuted Christians shouldn’t be resettled in the West."
- At Booz Allen, a Vast U.S. Spy Operation, Run for Private Profit by The New York Times
"Booz Allen, a consulting firm that earns billions by working for American intelligence agencies, has been called the world’s most profitable spy organization."
- SIGAR Inquiry Into DOD Efforts to Address Afghanistan’s Ghost Soldiers by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction
SIGAR letter to DOD regarding continued reports of absentee or non-existent Afghan National Defense and Security Force personnel, or "ghost" soldiers.
- Contemporary Military Forum VII: The Army Way Ahead by Association of the United States Army
A discussion of the changing character of war at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2016 Annual Meeting.
- Little Consensus Within Obama Administration on How to Stop Fall of Aleppo to Assad by The Washington Post
"It may be no small irony that Obama’s peripatetic secretary of state will travel next week to Rwanda, where up to a million people were killed in a three-month ethnic...
- Russia, the United States, and the Syrian End-State by Gabriel White
Should Aleppo fall, the options for a military solution will require significantly higher levels of risk and a political solution will rely on terms dictated by Moscow and Tehran.
- U.S. Commander General John Nicholson Visits Embattled Southern Afghan City by Voice of America
The visit to Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand, the largest Afghan province, came after overnight battlefield advances brought the insurgents extremely close to the city.
- Syria Provokes an American Anxiety: Is U.S. Power Really So Special? by The New York Times
"One strain of thought holds that America has a mission to champion democracy and human rights, granting it a unique role in the world, along with special powers and obligations."
- American Umpire: Trailer and Press Release by SWJ Editors
"A Critical Exploration of America’s Role as the Policeman in a Globalized World"
- Military Analysts: Islamic State Would Not Survive Fall of Raqqa by Voice of America
"The terror state would survive the loss of Mosul, but not the fall of Raqqa."
- ISIS Media Output Drops as Military Pressure Rises, Report Says by The New York Times
"The vaunted propaganda operations of the Islamic State, which helped lure more than 30,000 foreign fighters to Syria and Iraq, have dropped off drastically."
- U.S. Strikes Yemen Sites in Retaliation for Missile Launches by Voice of America
The U.S. military said Thursday it struck three radar sites in Yemen in response to missile launches from territory controlled by Houthi rebels that targeted a U.S. Navy destroyer.
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- The Pentagon Hopes It Didn’t Just Start Another War by The Daily Beast
"But hope, as the old military saw goes, is not a plan."
- U.S. General: Mosul to be 'Long and Tough' Battle, But Iraqis Prepared by Voice of America
The long-anticipated campaign to reclaim Mosul from the Islamic State began Monday. It is the largest military operation in Iraq since U.S. forces left five years ago.
- The Future of War (Video Presentation) by Georgetown University Center for Security Studies
Dr. Sean McFate discusses the future of warfare, what it might look like, and why.
- Calling All Women Who Serve or Served! by Think Broader
All women in the military and female veterans are invited to join LeanIn.org Military Women / Women Veterans and Think Broader Foundation to create a PSA.
- Narcoterrorism and Impunity in the Americas: A Small Wars Journal-El Centro Anthology by Robert Bunker and John P. Sullivan
This work is our fifth Small Wars Journal--El Centro anthology, covering writings first published in 2015.
- Countering Gray-Zone Hybrid Threats: An MWI Report by The Modern War Institute
In this MWI report, CPT John Chambers draws on this case study to recommend ways the US Army can improve its capacity to counter gray-zone hybrid threats.
- Tensions Arise Among Allies Fighting to Retake ISIS-Held Mosul by The Wall Street Journal
“On second day of the offensive, Kurdish fighters accuse the Iraqi army of inaction.”
- From Mosul to Raqqa? A Complex, Risky Battle Against the Islamic State by Associated Press
AP analysis: "While the long-awaited Mosul offensive began earlier this week, there's no sign of an imminent campaign against Raqqa."
- What Does an Adviser Do? Mosul Operation Highlights Elasticity of Military Support Operations. by The Washington Post
"American troops are poised to expand their hands-on support to local forces battling the Islamic State."
- No Way to Negotiate With Narcoterrorists by The Wall Street Journal
“All Colombians want peace. Any future deal with FARC, however, must address citizens’ concerns.”
- Saving Lives in Rwanda, With US-made Drones by Voice of America
Zipline International is using drones to deliver vaccines, medicine and blood to some of the most hard-to-reach populations in Rwanda.
- Our Predictable Faceoff With Iran by U.S. News & World Report
“The Obama administration's willingness to appease Tehran is costing us in Yemen.”
- ISIS Turning Into a Guerrilla Army, Top General Warns by The Daily Beast
“Four days ago, the U.S. Defense Secretary was predicting a ‘lasting defeat’ of ISIS. Now, a top general is warning that the terror group is preparing for a guerrilla war.”
- Leaked Clinton Email Suggests Gulf Allies' Support for IS by Voice of America
While Saudi Arabia and other US allies, or individuals close to their governments, have long been suspected of financing extremist groups in the region, this accusation is more specific.
- Islamic State Expected to Fall Back, Wage Urban Warfare in Mosul by Stars & Stripes
“The Islamic State group is expected to fall back from its outer perimeter defenses in Mosul and wage what could be brutal urban combat inside the city.”
- The Next US President Can Expect Weakened, But Still Lethal ISIS by National Public Radio
Dunford and other military leaders have called countering violent extremism a "generational problem," one they privately concede the U.S. may never resolve.
- U.S., Kurdish Commanders Expect Drawn-out, Costly Battle for Mosul by Voice of America
IS leaders accept they will lose control of the city of Mosul but are planning to defend their last major urban stronghold in Iraq tenaciously, U.S. and Kurdish officials say.
- Let’s Fix or Kill the Center of Gravity Concept by National Defense University Press
"The current revision of Joint Publication 5-0, Joint Operation Planning, provides an opportunity to fix the flawed description of the center of gravity concept."
- Why Won't Anyone Admit that America is Fighting 5 Wars? by The Week
“When everybody else decided it was a good idea to forestall a public debate about enormously important and complicated policy questions, the press decided to go along and let it...
- 'Bloodline' Author On The Failures Of U.S. Counter-Insurgency Strategy by National Public Radio
Dr. David Kilcullen interview (audio) on National Public Radio.