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by Association of the United States Army
September 28, 2016 01:25 PM | Comments (0)
"The bloggers—four of them—will be part of a professional development forum talking about the value of blogs, social media and the internet in providing lessons in leadership."
by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction
September 28, 2016 11:51 AM | Comments (0)
Today, SIGAR's Lessons Learned Program released a conference report entitled "Lessons From the Coalition."
by War on the Rocks
September 28, 2016 11:08 AM | Comments (4)
"At first glance, unconventional warfare appears to provide the ideal solution to many of the problems the administration faced with prolonged occupation and counterinsurgency campaigns."
by The New York Times
September 28, 2016 12:05 AM | Comments (0)
"An effort to fight corruption by monitoring the financial assets of top Afghan officials, underwritten by the US, has been a near-total failure, according to American auditors."
by The Washington Post
September 27, 2016 10:40 AM | Comments (0)
"There are five counterterrorism approaches that have worked well over the past two decades. The next administration should embrace them, while adapting policy to new conditions."
by Center for Strategic & International Studies
September 26, 2016 12:38 PM | Comments (0)
"The United States and its allies need to look beyond the fighting, and beyond tactical victory."
by The Washington Times
September 26, 2016 08:28 AM | Comments (2)
"The Pentagon’s top brass have entered a debate coursing through the presidential campaign: how to define an enemy the US military has been fighting for 15 years."
by The Modern War Institute
September 26, 2016 06:23 AM | Comments (0)
Continue on for this Modern War Institute Report.
by Military Times
September 23, 2016 09:21 PM | Comments (3)
Most American military personnel are deeply skeptical of nation-building missions overseas and would prefer to see leaders focus the country's resources on less ambiguous missions.
by SWJ Editors
September 23, 2016 01:15 PM | Comments (0)
Continue on for the video.
by Allen M. Coones
September 21, 2016 11:40 AM | Comments (0)
The Silver Wings perform more parachute demonstrations in a year than the ubiquitous Golden Knights with a fraction of the budget and with primarily part-time team members.
by Asia Times
September 20, 2016 02:10 PM | Comments (3)
"Although Pyongyang appears to be stable now, such stability is like nuclear deterrence: it works right up to the day when it does not."
by Bloomberg News
September 20, 2016 10:29 AM | Comments (0)
"Trying to secure North Korea after a chaotic collapse or overthrow of the Kim regime would be a nightmare."
by Institute for Strategic, Political, Security and Economic Consultancy
September 20, 2016 08:18 AM | Comments (0)
While in the past, irregular tactics and protracted forms of conflict have mostly been marked as tactics of the weak, in future hybrid opponents may exploit them because of their effectiveness.
September 19, 2016 08:44 AM | Comments (19)
"This bleak outlook arises mainly because of the aggressive nationalism being exhibited by Putin and because of strategic misjudgments by the last two U.S. presidents."
September 19, 2016 07:19 AM | Comments (3)
"Once a widely practiced tradition, professional soldiers are no longer commonly embedded as official military observers during war."
by Voice of America
September 18, 2016 03:05 PM | Comments (0)
The U.S.-Russia negotiated cease-fire in Syria that was negotiated over the heads of militias battling to oust President Bashar al-Assad appears Sunday to be all but dead.
September 18, 2016 11:51 AM | Comments (1)
The deal for US military cooperation with Russia would expand the current mission in Syria far beyond its exclusive focus on the Islamic State group. And the Pentagon is not happy about it.
by Agence France-Presse
September 17, 2016 07:19 PM | Comments (0)
"Coalition forces believed they were striking a Daesh fighting position, Central Command said in a statement, using an alternate term for the IS group."
September 17, 2016 03:43 PM | Comments (0)
As the Islamic State group's arsenal of sophisticated weaponry dwindles, IS fighters are creating more homemade armaments.
by Robert Cohen and Army Press
September 17, 2016 12:06 PM | Comments (0)
Faced with a global Islamist insurgency, the U.S. government and its political system continue to put forth military-heavy policies which advance strategic objectives haphazardly.
by The Boston Globe
September 17, 2016 07:28 AM | Comments (1)
"Why does Snowden get to pick which laws apply to him and which don’t? If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime."
by The Wall Street Journal
September 17, 2016 04:14 AM | Comments (0)
"The U.S. has sent about 40 special-operations troops to work with Turkish forces on clearing out a stretch of the border region in northern Syria still occupied by Islamic State."
September 16, 2016 09:13 AM | Comments (1)
SIGAR has released its first lessons learned report. "Corruption in Conflict: Lessons from the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan". Continue on for the interactive website and the full report.
September 16, 2016 08:15 AM | Comments (0)
"The Obama administration is considering how to respond. As in most strategic debates, there’s a split between hawks and doves."
by Army Press
September 16, 2016 12:58 AM | Comments (0)
The Mattis Way of War: An Examination of Operational Art in Task Force 58 and 1st Marine Division.
September 15, 2016 06:56 AM | Comments (3)
“It is a phenomenon that is anathema to me. It runs counter to everything that any of us whoever entered special operations know [is] the right way to do business.”
by Gary Anderson
September 14, 2016 05:28 PM | Comments (0)
Americans may despise the Taliban but ISIS makes them look like choirboys.
by Foreign Policy
September 14, 2016 04:55 PM | Comments (0)
“The troubled Admiral Kuznetsov has had lots of problems but will soon head out on its first combat deployment.”
by National Center for Policy Analysis
September 14, 2016 11:25 AM | Comments (0)
Current U.S. security assistance programs are ineffective, and often undermine American security, according to a new report from the NCPA.