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I’ve learned three truths about self-study that I hope motivate you to start preparing now before your own test.

It’s about practicing the other core missions for which commandos are responsible.

After extremists’ latest advances in Syria and Iraq, the U.S. is falling back on an old and discredited metric -- estimated enemy body counts.

As the conflict with the so-called Islamic State (IS) swings back and forth, one thing is increasingly clear: Even if Iraq survives the fight intact, there is no chance it will ever return to the...

On Senior Leaders and Social Media: An Interview with Brigadier Mick Ryan, Commander of 1st Brigade of the Australian Army.

As a senior Marine officer, Gen. John Kelly regularly visited hospitals and spoke to families whose loved ones were injured or killed in combat.

What are the right lessons from America’s Vietnam experience that can be applied to the current situation in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East?

Drug Trafficking, Corruption and States: How Illicit Networks Shaped Institutions in Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico A Small Wars Journal--El Centro and Vortex Foundation Book

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American Diplomacy Book Review by Dr. John M. Handley

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told reporters that he has said from the start that the mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant would take years to accomplish.

Continue on for bin Laden’s “reading list”.

The war on Islamic State will only get worse before it gets better, says one of the world's leading military strategists.

Special Forces and CIA FID advisors certainly have their place.  But the development of staff capabilities can be better supported by conventional troops.

The naval and coastal aspects of counterinsurgency get dangerously short shrift.

Link to the full CRS report.

Eagle Claw, U/W HASC markup, and ARSOF Next

Anzac day tomorrow

3+ sizeable research grants to be awarded.

Killing is not hard.  In facts it’s easy.  That’s the problem.  We can all do it.

In the disordered post-Cold War world, hybrid warfare remains an excellent framework for understanding the changing character of war.

Colloquium provided a forum for majors to offer their candid views and opinions, even if those thoughts went against current Army thinking and doctrine.

This is the first in a series of three adapted excerpts from 21st Century Ellis: Operational Art and Strategic Prophecy for the Modern Era.

For some, the time of combat is just the length of the tour.  For others, they are always at war.

Only Americans are capable of defeating the Islamic State in close urban combat.

West Point's latest CTC Sentinel is now online.

Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove discussed the implications of hybrid war during a presentation to the Brussels Forum over the weekend.

The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen.

The latest edition of The US Army War College Quarterly, Parameters (Winter 44 [4]) is now available online.