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Thanksgiving 2014.

For many, the nagging doubts and frustrations over the waste of time, money, resources, and lives readily come back to haunt.

An attack aircraft that the Pentagon is trying to get rid of has been deployed to the Middle East to take on the Islamic State.

Here are some facts about the holiday that you may not have known.

The Human Dimension White Paper has continued a much needed discussion about how the military should respond to its experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stability: International Journal of Security and Development Special Collection

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Michèle Flournoy, the most widely rumored candidate to replace Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense, has taken herself out of the running for the job.

The 2014 Foreign Policy Initiative Forum, Wednesday, 3 December, The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

The saying "the buck stops here" derives from the slang expression "pass the buck" which means passing the responsibility on to someone else.

The fine gents at WarCouncil.org have released the Cliff Notes of Strategy in their “WarCouncil.org 300 Word Strategic Education”. It is excellent.

The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagel’s resignation in a Rose Garden appearance on Monday, made the decision to ask his defense secretary to step down last Friday.

Small Wars Journal El Centro Senior Fellow Dr. Robert Bunker Wins The Elihu Root Prize.

“American attention to the Middle East is disproportionate compared to the Middle East’s strategic impact."

Continue on for information on Atlantic Council's Art of Future Warfare Project...

"Our political and military leaders ought to go back to the origins of special warfare and learn what needs to be done to keep the 'special' in special operations."

"The DoD has reached a decision point; it is undergoing a paradigm shift, deciding what its capabilities will be in the aftermath of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."

"In fighting our post-9/11 wars, we have won nearly every battle but are far from winning the war."

"Special warfare has particular relevance to the current global security environment as policymakers seek options short of large-scale intervention."

The Army is going to shrink, the service’s chief of staff said here today, but leaders must be careful that cuts aren’t draconian.

Continue on for additional information and a link to the official web site.

Continue on for a link to the speech.

Continue on for the Autumn 2014 issue of Parameters.

History will show that the ending of the Islamic State didn’t begin with a bang or a whimper but rather a rant.

Socom is looking to R&D groups, academia, industry and individuals for technologies that can cloak electronic “signatures” from commandos and their equipment in the field.

"I propose to demonstrate the vulnerability of the South and make its inhabitants feel that war & individual Ruin are synonimous terms."

The crushing of protests by ordinary citizens follows a pattern of violence stretching back to 1968.

Continue on for SSI R&A.

Obama’s strategy is not working. The president is hoping that limited airstrikes, combined with U.S. support for local proxies, will “degrade and ultimately destroy”.

CJCS Martin E. Dempsey arrived in Baghdad, Iraq’s capital city, today in an unannounced visit for talks with U.S. and Iraqi officials.