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"The military's U.S. Special Operations Command is bracing for a new book about its most secretive units, sending out warning letters to special-forces operators."

"The politicization of intelligence is not new, but despite the lessons learned, the mistakes keep getting repeated."

“Adversity, they say, makes strange bedfellows. This is especially true in the contemporary Middle East.”

"Is the United States at war? Even our top leaders do not know."

" The dissemination of the correct interpretation of Islam is one way Islamic scholars could help defeat al-Shabab, according to a VOA panel discussion held Saturday in Nairobi."

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"US military academy official William Bradford argues that attacks on scholars’ home offices and media outlets – along with Islamic holy sites – are legitimate."

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"The science of Target Audience Analysis is now so well advanced that it must become a key component of future strategic decisionmaking."

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"Fierce fighting is raging in southern Afghanistan, where national security forces with the help of the US-led foreign military coalition have undertaken a counteroffensive."

In order to succeed, battlefield innovation is required. The tactical leader needs the courage to move past old intellect and embrace innovation.

"Afghan security forces have had to battle the Taliban pretty much on their own. So far, they are standing their ground where it matters."

"One of the biggest battles between Congress and the Pentagon over the past year has been over a snub-nosed grunt of an airplane, so ugly and fierce it’s nicknamed the Warthog."

"This manuscript focuses on the present threat posed by terrorist and insurgent use of unmanned aerial vehicles as well as associated future threat potentials."

"The oil-rich kingdom is becoming increasingly confident acting without the USA, and will soon turn its attention to the Syrian civil war."

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"Afghanistan needs sustained U.S. partner support, ex-envoys say."

"The predominantly self-financed Islamic State is awash in cash – despite the group’s finances having been a target of the anti-IS coalition."

"The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating allegations that military officials have skewed intelligence assessments about the United States-led campaign in Iraq against the...

One of the primary fallacies regarding Fourth Generational Warfare is that the United States must totally retool its force structure to deal with this emerging evolution in warfare.

"Oil, the lifeblood of many countries that produce and sell it, appears to be rapidly turning into an ever-cheaper economic curse."

Maneuver Center of Excellence Media Advisory: Fort Benning to Host the 2015 Maneuver Warfighter Conference, 15-17 September.

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"Today, SIGAR published its response to USAID concerning the accuracy of location data for health facilities supported by a $210 million USAID-funded program in Afghanistan."

"The Defense Department plans to test the fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet against the Cold War-era A-10 attack aircraft in close air support tests."

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"The United States has spelled out its maritime security strategy so that all nations understand the American position."

"At the same time the world is less inclined to go to war, weak governments are failing and the tools of warfare are far cheaper and accessible to both states and nonstate actors."

"A case can be made that today America is asking its Army to do too much."