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by The Washington Post | Mon, 03/19/2018 - 8:13pm | 0 comments
"The death of four U.S. soldiers in a chaotic ambush in Niger leaves the Pentagon grappling with a thorny issue in Africa: How should it counter the Islamic State and other militant groups without becoming ensnared in conflicts on the continent?"
by DoD News | Mon, 03/19/2018 - 6:13pm | 0 comments
As the Syrian Democratic Forces continue to develop their defensive positions against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in the middle Euphrates River valley, it’s important to stay focused on the key objectives, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters today.
| Mon, 03/19/2018 - 3:45pm | 0 comments
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Monday to expand Ankara's military operations against more Kurdish strongholds in Syria, after ousting Kurds from their enclave in Afrin.
by SWJ Editors | Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:35pm | 0 comments
The Smith Richardson Foundation is pleased to announce its annual Strategy and Policy Fellows grant competition to support young scholars and policy thinkers on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history.
by SWJ Editors | Mon, 03/19/2018 - 10:43am | 0 comments
A collection of six articles which each examine a particular facet or perspective on Clausewitz’s writing to better explain, illuminate or examine dimensions that may not be apparent in the original text.
by The New York Times | Sun, 03/18/2018 - 9:32pm | 1 comment
"On March 26, top Army leaders will travel to Huntsville, Ala., to announce details of their plan for the Futures Command, which will focus solely on developing new weapons and getting them “downrange” faster. The doors of the command are expected to open by the end of July, and it is supposed to be fully operational a year after that."
by The Washington Post | Sun, 03/18/2018 - 8:40pm | 0 comments
"Seeing the photographs of pro-Turkish Islamist militiamen strutting about the center of Afrin on Sunday, it seemed eerily possible that jihadist allies of the Islamic State were back in control in northern Syria, thanks to our 'NATO ally' Turkey."
by Voice of America | Sun, 03/18/2018 - 7:01pm | 0 comments
The Afghan Taliban say they are deeply skeptical that a proposed three-nation conference in Indonesia will be a step toward peace.
by Reuters | Sun, 03/18/2018 - 12:24pm | 0 comments
"The Kurdish administration of Syria's Afrin region indicated on Sunday that Kurdish-dominated forces fighting Turkey-backed groups in the area will shift from direct confrontation to guerrilla tactics."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 03/18/2018 - 10:34am | 0 comments
"Turkish forces have captured the town center of Kurdish-controlled Afrin in northern Syria, Turkey said Sunday, capping a two-month military campaign that has divided Ankara and its international allies."
by The Washington Post | Sun, 03/18/2018 - 9:19am | 0 comments
Book Review by Rosa Brooks - “The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens” by Bernard E. Harcourt.
by The Washington Post | Sun, 03/18/2018 - 7:01am | 0 comments
Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels seized the city of Afrin in northern Syria, Turkey’s president and military said Sunday, nearly two months after launching an offensive to oust Kurdish militants from the area.
by Foreign Affairs | Sat, 03/17/2018 - 9:38pm | 0 comments
"The intention behind such a strategy is easy to understand, but the logic is backward. The United States does have an incentive to challenge Moscow where it can, but it has a losing hand in Syria."
| Sat, 03/17/2018 - 8:20am | 0 comments
"Pakistan is doing the 'bare minimum' needed to address U.S. demands that it stop the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network from operating within its borders, a senior U.S. official has said."
by Breaking Defense | Sat, 03/17/2018 - 7:55am | 0 comments
“The catch, of course, is that the Army's tried to field all these things before -- and failed. Why would things go any better this time around? Brig. Gen. Christopher Donahue has an answer for that.”
by Army Times | Fri, 03/16/2018 - 5:36pm | 0 comments
The Army’s 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade left for Afghanistan last week, the first deployment in a new train-advise-assist model that the service hopes to build on with larger organizational units, the Army staff’s director of force management said Friday.
by The Washington Post | Fri, 03/16/2018 - 5:02am | 0 comments
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday that he doesn’t want the months-long investigation into how four U.S. soldiers were killed last year in Niger held up, and he expects to soon receive a memorandum about it from the Pentagon’s top general.
by The Washington Post | Thu, 03/15/2018 - 9:11pm | 0 comments
President Trump has decided to remove H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser and is actively discussing potential replacements, according to five people with knowledge of the plans, preparing to deliver yet another jolt to the senior ranks of his administration.
by The Wall Street Journal | Wed, 03/14/2018 - 11:03pm | 0 comments
“Army General John Nicholson strikes upbeat note on reconciliation even as some question whether U.S. is in a position to help negotiate a solution.”
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Wed, 03/14/2018 - 8:20pm | 0 comments
The Russian mercenaries fighting in Syria say they are not in the country for the money or to help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
by DoD News | Wed, 03/14/2018 - 6:42pm | 0 comments
The United States already has the best infantry soldiers, Marines and special operators on the face of the Earth, but Defense Secretary James N. Mattis wants them to completely overmatch any potential foes.
by The Washington Post | Wed, 03/14/2018 - 5:43pm | 0 comments
"The United States is bolstering its efforts to help the Afghan government squash a rash of deadly high-profile attacks in its capital city through Special Operations raids, intelligence to map out residents and additional military advising."
by Voice of America | Wed, 03/14/2018 - 7:24am | 0 comments
The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State has been able to decimate the terror group's self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria but these gains could be easily undercut by continued instability, a U.S. intelligence official warned Tuesday.
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Tue, 03/13/2018 - 6:24pm | 0 comments
With the announcement of President Donald Trump's firing of the United States' top diplomat, Rex Tillerson's tenure as secretary of state now enters the history books as one of the shortest ever for a new administration.
by Stars & Stripes | Tue, 03/13/2018 - 1:56pm | 0 comments
The U.S. military is ratcheting up its attack on Taliban funding streams in Afghanistan, where troops are using a strategy that paid dividends in the battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the general in charge of U.S. Central Command said Tuesday.