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As counterinsurgency operations come to a close the military today looks to regain its past prominence as a conventional fighting force.

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Today, SIGAR released an audit of the $198-million effort to develop Afghan customs revenue capacity.

"Whether you are interested in an unusual love story or in how the United States fights protracted wars, Ann Scott Tyson’s American Spartan is an important book."

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"There’s no doubt the Russian military has the means to invade mainland Ukraine. But whether it can hold conquered territory is another question."

In New Officers’ Careers, Peace Is No Dividend by Helene Cooper and Thom Shanker, New York Times

“American Actions Speak Louder Than Words.”

The Emergence of Feral and Criminal Cities: U.S. Military Implications in a Time of Austerity by Robert J. Bunker, The Land Warfare Papers

Hopefully, rational decisions can be made to maintain the balance among DoD’s military services and appropriations.

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The US and its military partners are reaching for new tools to counter an unconventional ''3 warfares'' strategy that China is using to advance aggressive territorial claims.

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"The world’s best military establishment didn’t win in Iraq, and it won’t win in Afghanistan. Why is that?"

"The Marine Corps' top enlisted leader believes the Marine Corps' quality of life is so good right now that if the service cuts back, it would actually raise morale."

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"With the war in Afghanistan ending, FBI officials have become more willing to discuss a little-known alliance between the bureau and JSOC."

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"Supporters of the A-10 have launched an aggressive campaign to save an aircraft they say is unlike any other in the history of American aviation."

"We will continue to oppose the Air Force’s proposed premature divestment of the A-10 until an equally effective replacement reaches full operational capability."

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The Smith Richardson Foundation is pleased to announce its annual Strategy and Policy Fellows grant competition to support young scholars and policy thinkers.

The decision to retire a plane built specifically to support ground forces has ignited a firestorm of criticism from the airmen whose job is to embed with ground forces and spot enemy targets.

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With a rapidly shrinking force and fewer amphibious ships available, the Marine Corps is questioning whether it can support the strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific region.

In a staggering loss of money even by Pentagon standards, the U.S. military and two contractors left American taxpayers on the hook for more than $700 million.

“Acute corruption can no longer be seen as just a nuisance or a “values issue” to be handed off.”

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