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by The Washington Post
April 28, 2017 12:04 PM | Comments (0)
“Mattis, who has already shown himself willing to disagree, now occupies a key position in the Cabinet of a man with little foreign policy experience.”
by Voice of America
April 28, 2017 01:56 AM | Comments (0)
The Taliban has unleashed its annual so-called “spring offensive” in Afghanistan, saying it will mainly target foreign “occupation” troops to force them to quit the country.
by Breaking Defense
April 28, 2017 01:18 AM | Comments (0)
“Last year, we saw the future,’ Noble told the Army War College... ‘We came back and read Multi-Domain Battle (and thought) we saw version 1.0 in Iraq.'”
April 28, 2017 12:17 AM | Comments (1)
“The U.S. should shift its strategy to prioritize reaching a political settlement based on the Afghan constitution among all Afghan groups.”
April 28, 2017 12:15 AM | Comments (1)
“When intelligence officers such as Flynn move from compartmented boxes to a wider world, they often make mistakes.”
by The U.S. Naval Institute
April 27, 2017 07:52 AM | Comments (0)
“The uncertain environment in some ways is more problematic than the openly hostile environment because the maxim of naval combat is he who fires first effectively wins.”
by Associated Press
April 27, 2017 07:31 AM | Comments (0)
“The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria.”
by The New York Times
April 26, 2017 11:03 AM | Comments (0)
"Every day, for weeks, the battle to take western Mosul from the Islamic State has looked like this: a block-by-block crawl as casualties mount."
by Hy Rothstein
April 26, 2017 09:42 AM | Comments (8)
Mark Moyar’s op-ed, “America’s Dangerous Love for Special Ops,” is at best, ill-informed and at worst, contemptuous of special operations forces.
April 26, 2017 02:54 AM | Comments (0)
The evolving relationship between the mercurial and inexperienced commander in chief and his unflappable defense secretary Jim Mattis.
by SWJ Editors
April 26, 2017 12:27 AM | Comments (0)
On the extreme social dangers that come about from excessive concentrations of wealth in the hands of a few.
by DoD News
April 25, 2017 04:04 PM | Comments (0)
The evolving security challenges in Central America are threatening the security beyond the region and demand a unified approach.
by The Wall Street Journal
April 25, 2017 07:58 AM | Comments (0)
“Few incumbents of the White House have understood special forces’ limitations. Special forces… are best suited to counterinsurgency.”
by War on the Rocks
April 25, 2017 07:30 AM | Comments (0)
“It is time to recognize that the United States might be able to maintain an open-ended military presence in Afghanistan or stabilize the country, but not both.”
by National Defense
April 24, 2017 06:40 PM | Comments (0)
“The CNA report, ‘The Role of Special Operations Forces in Global Competition,’ was motivated by a number of conversations with special operators.”
April 24, 2017 05:07 AM | Comments (8)
“The history of America’s special operations forces recommends caution. They are primarily tactical tools, not strategic options.”
April 24, 2017 03:42 AM | Comments (0)
Soldiers on board were Taliban militants, disguised in ANA uniforms with fake identification cards. Inside the first vehicle, there was a wounded soldier who was pleading for urgent care.
April 24, 2017 03:22 AM | Comments (0)
Defense Secretary Mattis has arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit to discuss the country’s security situation with political and military leaders.
by Over the Horizon
April 23, 2017 10:39 AM | Comments (2)
Why is there so much confusion about irregular warfare?
April 23, 2017 08:10 AM | Comments (0)
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is in Djibouti, the tiny east African nation that’s home to the United States’ only military base on the continent.
by Army Times
April 22, 2017 09:59 PM | Comments (1)
“The security force assistance brigade, a 529-man team of officers and senior noncommissioned officers, will be tasked specifically to train allied forces to help them maintain their own...
April 22, 2017 03:38 AM | Comments (0)
“The attack in northern Balkh province came during afternoon prayers.”
by Abigail Watson
April 22, 2017 02:30 AM | Comments (2)
If the government continues to refuse comment on most of its counterterrorism activity abroad it will struggle to win what is increasingly a war of narratives.
April 22, 2017 02:19 AM | Comments (0)
"Does the State Department need reforming and streamlining? Yes."
April 21, 2017 04:15 PM | Comments (1)
“The Silicon Valley data miner no longer works with the NSA, and its chief executive described the CIA as “recalcitrant” in the summer of 2015.”
by Foreign Affairs
April 21, 2017 02:55 PM | Comments (0)
“Harsh counterinsurgency tactics have led to mass frustration.”
by The Weather Channel
April 21, 2017 10:59 AM | Comments (0)
The Weather Channel is airing a special program Sunday called Winter Warfare - a behind-the-scenes look at U.S. Marines as they prepare for combat in extreme cold conditions.
April 20, 2017 08:57 PM | Comments (0)
As its losses mount in Iraq, will a less potent Islamic State merge with its precursor, al-Qaida?
by Defense News
April 20, 2017 09:57 AM | Comments (0)
“The review is being led by Army Training and Doctrine Command and the Intelligence Center of Excellence.”
April 20, 2017 05:00 AM | Comments (0)
Survival is offering free access to four articles authored by US National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster. Continue on for the links.