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Continue on for the University of Pennsylvania's "2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index."

Since 2009, the Pentagon’s civilian workforce has grown by 7 percent and the number of active-duty military personnel has been slashed by 8 percent.

The Foreign Policy Initiative believes that the following excerpts from the hearing will help to inform lawmakers...

Without a clear strategy from the White House and the return of a robust defense budget, the United States is set for failures in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Hope is the belief that ideology will prevail. Hope drives motivation or, in the psychologist’s jargon, a “response initiation.”

What is the best war movie you’ve seen?

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Terrorism experts are now seeing growing similarities between Boko Haram and ISIS.

Understanding the nature of violent conflict in the world's most dangerous flashpoints may help find ways to peace and stability, according to a Stanford expert.

A series of recommendations for what the President should say about key issue areas.

Creatively thinking about warfare ought to be encouraged and we must resist institutional attempts to codify how to approach thinking.

A list of books recommended by Security Studies Program faculty members.

A team of analysts at King’s College in London is building an exhaustive database of western Islamic State fighters – through Twitter and Facebook.

There is no question that the United States should do what it can to minimize civilian casualties.

I Am Charlie.

We need to destroy the Islamic State army sooner than later.

Surveys are now a common, though largely unacknowledged, counterinsurgency tool of the contemporary battlefield.

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Washington Post book review by Carter Malkasian.

The newly dominant zealots calling themselves Islamic State produced gruesome videos...

"I found three types of conflicts that were not on many lists but should be. Each, for different reasons, represents a trend worth paying attention to."

The key factor is senior leadership that has not kept faith with its troops.

A retired four-star Marine Corps general, now the U.S. ‘special envoy’ in the war against the terrorist army, on reasons for optimism even as a long fight looms.

The rifle that today's infantry uses is little changed since the 1960s—and it is badly flawed.

The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation…

The United States and NATO formally marked the end of their war in Afghanistan Sunday.

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"And they are impressive warriors! We have not come across bad ones, as strange at it may seem to you when you know how critical French people can be."

Obama announced a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba, after the country’s communist leaders released Alan Gross, an American who had been imprisoned there for five years.

CTC Islamic State Report & Resources