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A conflict looms between the Army’s wartime ethos of individual initiative and the bureaucratic malaise that peacetime brings.

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On July 6th, retired Colombian General Álvaro Valencia Tovar died at the age of 94.

Osama bin Laden may be dead, but his vision of an Islamic caliphate transcending traditional international borders is becoming a reality in the form of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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"Army officials acknowledge problems with DCGS-A. ...the Army is working to improve the system in its next generation, which is being put out for bids next year."

“… for too long, U.S. military strategy has relied on mass and money. Ultimately, we overwhelmed the enemy or lost as in Vietnam or did not prevail as in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

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"In real terms the announcement of Baghdadi's caliphate may mean little, but the Jihadi movement has turned a significant corner and what remains to be seen is what he can use it to do...

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Creating or conducting “strategy by op-ed” is a fundamentally flawed approach, but has become increasingly popular and influential.

I have a suggestion for the proper U.S. response.  It isn’t Apache gunships, or Predators, or even the advisors that President Obama most recently ordered back into theater.

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A top United States general in charge of protecting the southern border says he’s been unable to combat the steady flow of illegal drugs, weapons and people from Central America.

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"The Islamist radicals who have declared an Islamic caliphate on land they control straddling Iraq and Syria are waging an audacious publicity stunt, according to some analysts."

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The Special Operations Research Association is pleased to announce the 2014 SORA conference, Special Operations and Strategic Implications, 24-25 October 2014, at Fort Leavenworth, KS.

Book Review: War From the Ground Up by Emile Simpson, Book Review by Jacqueline L. Hazelton, Routledge.

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"We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the...

"The United States has increased its military presence in Iraq, ordering 300 more troops to the violence-ravaged nation, the Pentagon announced Monday."

As the summer heats up so do discussions concerning future war. Here are four different views of future war for your reading pleasure.

"What, in your opinion, do these people hope to gain from this war?"

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After more than a decade of land-based operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marine Corps’ new Expeditionary Force 21 doctrine is returning the service to its amphibious roots.

In a three-year-old conflict, with more than a hundred thousand estimated dead and now more rebel groups than some can count, what does $500 million buy you?

Beginning Oct. 1, AIWC’s critical tasks and responsibilities will transition to other Army organizations as resources and priorities are realigned.