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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke yesterday morning at the U.S. Military Academy graduation and commissioning.

“A recording provides fresh evidence of ominous changes underway within the embattled organization that declared war against the West nearly two decades ago.”

A comprehensive piece by David Kilcullen in The Australian on what our efforts in Afghanistan require - “what’s needed now are not troops per se but en­ablers”

“The lack of political unity in America. The lack of a fundamental friendliness."

“Do we really want to slash the State Department and the USAID at such a perilous moment?”

The push by the U.S. and its allies to capture the terrorist group’s strongholds in Mosul and Raqqa should also focus urgent discussions about a post-IS strategy for stabilization.

“Foreign fighters have joined an IS-linked militant group occupying a southern Philippine city and are seeking to turn the island of Mindanao into a caliphate.”


President Donald J. Trump called for NATO member nations to step up and pay their “fair share” of defense spending in the fight against global terrorism.

Continue on for a PKSOI call for papers concerning Civil Affairs as a force for consolidating gains in a way that helps the larger Joint Force and the Army.

James Stavridis, Time Magazine, and James Durso, The Hill, discuss how many troops do we really need in Afghanistan.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to raise concerns Thursday with President Donald Trump over U.S. leaks to the media of investigative details of the Manchester bombing.

Memorial Day this year calls on us to look backward at our past and forward to the many uncertainties and challenges facing our nation overseas.

"The U.S. Army failed to properly keep tracks of hundreds of humvees, tens of thousands of rifles and other pieces of military equipment that were sent to Iraq."

British police said Wednesday it was “clear” the suicide bomber who attacked a concert in Manchester did not act alone.

“Rather than talk of cutting forces further, the United States needs to first go back to the future—or perhaps it's more accurate to say, go forward to the past.”

“Russian aggression increases the need for NATO to be fully funded and functioning. Russia is acting out against neighboring states and has threatened NATO members.”

British police say at least 22 people were killed and 59 wounded in an explosion Monday night outside a concert venue in Manchester, England.

“The former Marine Corps general spent four decades on the front lines. How will he lead the Department of Defense?”

“With some of the most difficult areas of the city held by militants - and tens of thousands of civilians still trapped in their homes - the fighting could last well into the weeks ahead....

“Challenging the orthodoxies around Vietnam is as important today as it has ever been.”

“A fight that the US cannot and should not avoid. It’s also an opportunity for Trump to accomplish what his administration says it wants to do in the Middle East.”

“The US security strategy in Latin America under the new administration has yet to find its footing.”

“The speech is meant as a reset from the harsher tone and policies Mr. Trump adopted as a candidate last year.”

“Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the United States had opened a new channel between senior U.S. and Russian military officials.”

Theme: The Struggle for Security in Africa

“No longer will we have slowed decision cycles because Washington, D.C., has to authorize tactical movements on the ground.”

"The U.S.-led coalition against ISIS will continue to build on the progress made to date to accelerate the campaign to annihilate the vicious group wherever it tries to form."

No one is satisfied with a stalemate in Afghanistan and NATO defense chiefs in Brussels examined proposals that would increase the number of NATO and partner troops in the country.

“And four other questions the President's team needs to answer before expanding America’s longest war.”