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by Institute for the Study of War
February 5, 2016 06:57 PM | Comments (0)
“Battlefield realities rather than great power politics will determine the ultimate terms of a settlement to end the Syrian Civil War.”
by Voice of America
February 5, 2016 03:11 AM | Comments (0)
“Some US officials are heralding new intelligence on the number of IS fighters as a sign the tide is starting to turn in the battle against the group but there are concerns.”
by The Washington Post
February 4, 2016 07:42 PM | Comments (1)
“Though IS has lost about 25 percent of the territory it held at its peak, it has meanwhile established an international presence, on the ground and in cyberspace.”
by Keith Nightingale
February 4, 2016 06:54 PM | Comments (6)
This Sunday the Nation will be transfixed with Super Sunday Super Bowl #50.
by The New York Times
February 4, 2016 04:53 AM | Comments (1)
“President Obama is being pressed by some of his top national security aides to approve the use of American military power in Libya to open up another front against the Islamic State.”
by The Interpreter
February 3, 2016 01:32 PM | Comments (0)
“China announced a series of major comprehensive reforms for the People's Liberation Army that will likely shape China's military modernisation trajectory for the next decade.”
by RAND Corporation and Foreign Policy
February 3, 2016 08:46 AM | Comments (12)
“If Russian tanks and troops rolled into the Baltics tomorrow, outgunned and outnumbered NATO forces would be overrun in under three days.”
February 2, 2016 06:31 PM | Comments (5)
“Now, more than ever, the United States should not waiver on Afghanistan,” General Campbell, the outgoing commander of Operation Resolute Support told lawmakers.”
by Foreign Policy
February 2, 2016 03:33 PM | Comments (0)
“One thing is clear: The playbook we’ve been using since the 1940s isn’t going to cut it anymore.”
by Minneapolis Star Tribune and RAND Corporation
February 2, 2016 01:24 PM | Comments (1)
"The Army now faces a 'crisis of relevance' for its future enemies."
February 2, 2016 12:20 PM | Comments (0)
Seventeen coalition member countries have sent more than 6,500 soldiers to Iraq to help in the fight against IS – and the U.S. is calling for more.
February 2, 2016 11:43 AM | Comments (0)
Secretary of Defense Carter has laid out his military spending priorities for the 2017 budget, reflecting efforts to counter Russia's assertiveness and fight Islamic State militants.
January 31, 2016 03:22 PM | Comments (1)
China’s armed forces are undergoing a sweeping five-year reorganization aimed at creating central control over the military’s nearly autonomous branches.
by SWJ Editors
January 31, 2016 10:31 AM | Comments (0)
Improving the Sustainment of SOF Distributed Operations in Access-Denied Environments by former SWJ Editor Robert Haddick.
by Christian Science Monitor
January 31, 2016 03:08 AM | Comments (0)
“In the wake of Russia's warplane being shot down by Turkey two months ago, the Turkish foreign ministry is claiming another incursion. What lies behind Russian aggression?”
January 31, 2016 01:12 AM | Comments (13)
“The age of the commando, though, is more than pop cultural fantasy emanating from Hollywood. It’s now a significant part of our military strategy.”
January 30, 2016 01:59 AM | Comments (0)
The borders of IS’s self-declared caliphate are steadily eroding, but it will likely be months before U.S. and coalition-backed forces are ready to take on the strongholds in Mosul or Raqqa.
January 29, 2016 07:30 PM | Comments (2)
“The measures announced by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, including paid maternity leave, are intended to support service members and their families.”
January 29, 2016 04:58 PM | Comments (0)
Results from an intensive planning exercise to frame, design, and evaluate potential courses of action that the US could pursue to defeat the IS in Iraq and al Sham and al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria.
by Real Clear Defense
January 29, 2016 04:21 PM | Comments (0)
“Evidence is now mounting that the DoD Task Force for Business and Stability Operations may have been the most catalytic agent for economic growth since the Marshall Plan.”
January 29, 2016 06:57 AM | Comments (1)
“Pentagon officials have concluded that hundreds more trainers, advisers and commandos from the United States and its allies will need to be sent to Iraq and Syria.”
January 28, 2016 04:33 PM | Comments (1)
The U.S. Army general picked to lead U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan warns the security situation there is deteriorating.
January 28, 2016 03:55 PM | Comments (0)
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by Stars & Stripes
January 28, 2016 09:22 AM | Comments (0)
“Afghanistan’s national unity government has ‘squandered important opportunities’ to end torture, protect women’s rights and reduce civilian casualties.”
January 28, 2016 01:27 AM | Comments (0)
"The general overseeing U.S. special operations forces has written a memo to Defense Secretary Ash Carter demanding the Pentagon stop talking about what his elite troops are up to."
January 28, 2016 01:11 AM | Comments (0)
U.S. military forces are on the ground in Libya looking for potential partners in what could soon be an expanded campaign against the Islamic State terror group.
by DoD News and The New York Times
January 28, 2016 12:50 AM | Comments (0)
NATO Land Forces commander to succeed Campbell in Afghanistan.
January 28, 2016 12:09 AM | Comments (0)
“The Navy’s intelligence chief has been stuck with a major handicap: He’s not allowed to know any secrets.”
January 27, 2016 01:29 AM | Comments (0)
“A simulation exercise was run by Israel’s INSS as part of its annual conference. The outcome illustrated the paradoxical reality of the conflict against the Islamic State.”
by Defense One
January 27, 2016 01:26 AM | Comments (1)
“In Afghanistan, the Pentagon’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations fostered helpful investment - and pioneered an essential component of future missions.”