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The US military must prepare for murky, undeclared wars in which foreign entities use proxy insurgencies against established governments;

While the U.S. military says the Iraqi capital is not under "imminent threat," officials are concerned about the militants' gains in Anbar.

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Paper argues that the newly outlined “Counter-Unconventional Warfare” strategy will be the best way to counter the emerging threat of hybrid warfare.

Wastebook 2014: What Washington Doesn't Want You to Read. By Senator Tom Coburn

The Imploding U.S. Strategy in the Islamic State War? By Anthony H. Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Syrian opposition force to be recruited by the U.S. military and its coalition partners will be trained to defend territory.

The new Afghan government under President Ashraf Ghani has acknowledged the depth of the crisis,.

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A decade after the U.S. took control of Fallujah, America is at war again. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with former Lt. Col. John Nagl, whose counter-insurgency manual helped shape U.S. strategy...

Afghanistan: 'A Shocking Indictment' - NYT Book Review by Rory Stewart

Contemporary Military Forum #6: Strategic Quality of Landpower (Video)

Since the U.S. doesn’t expect to fight a major land war with another nation, it was easy—if incorrect—to conclude that it no longer needs a large Army.

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As part of a joint force, the Army is the singular service that needs the man more than the machine.

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The Atlantic Council is seeking applications for the Take Point Initiative, a new fellowship program open to veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

There’s a lot to like in the new AOC: Win in a Complex World. Any government document with 65 endnotes and a Thucydides call-out in its first three pages can’t be all bad.

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The AOC is a challenge to shape and form the Army and its future leaders and build the foundations of its success in the years to come.

ISIS conducts a comprehensive information operations campaign on its Turkish language news site takvahaber.net.

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Overall, the new document (AOC), released in its final form on Tuesday, is very good, especially if you read it as an aspirational statement of what the Army should become.

General Odierno says “We have to have a national security debate, because there is too much going on around the world.”

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Starr Forum: Whither US Grand Strategy With Panelists Barry Posen, Steve Walt, Frank Gavin, and Jacqueline Hazelton , moderated by Ken Oye.

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Army leaders say the document, “Win in a Complex World,” emphasizes smart, adaptive leadership and an interagency approach that may not always use force.

The new Army Operating Concept posted earlier this week received a lot of feedback on social media and in the halls of military installations – which ultimately led to this series.