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There are times the United States does not need an enemy in going to war. It poses enough of a threat to itself without any foreign help.

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“The pesh merga’s struggles are just one in a series of problems that have hit Iraqi Kurdistan, a proud region of Kurdish-speaking people…”

President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday the United States will not fight another ground war in Iraq.

President Barack Obama is fond of publicly declaring that there will be “no boots on the ground” when commenting on the Syria, Iraq, and Islamic State crises.

U.S. Central Command leadership will brief President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this morning at MacDill Air Force Base.

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VOA update and additional news links...

As Gen. John Allen, one of the very best NATO commanders in history, takes up responsibility for building such a group to face the IS in Iraq and Syria, here are some thoughts on the start-up phase...

President Obama has outlined a strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). In order to defeat ISIL, we have to understand what makes them tick.

The United States has essentially been at war in Iraq for 24 straight years. It began with Operation Desert Shield on August 7, 1990, with the first American fatality occurring just five days later.

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Many crises are best addressed with the innovation and discreetness of SOF, but others require the mass that only conventional forces bring to bear.

Development of a first principle is akin to boiling down information to uncover the elemental truth that lies within.

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The US National Security apparatus should have a dedicated focus on supporting our allies by helping them to secure their vital infrastructure.

"On Wednesday, President Obama outlined his strategy for dealing with ISIS. It is a strategy set up for failure, because the means are insufficient to the desired ends."

“An independent Scotland is the potential tipping point for a new round of European disorder at a time when neither the continent nor the world can afford such activity.”

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“Sometimes the words of our leaders can have a telling impact on strategic outcomes—interpretations limit strategic and operational adaptability and effectiveness.”

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“Although the Army has dominated the battlefield technologically in the recent past, that's no guarantee against an increasingly agile, adaptive foe.”

A new documentary offers a cautionary tale about putting too much faith in technology and forgetting hard-fought lessons from the past.

What lessons can we learn from the 3rd Platoon’s experience in Afghanistan? A NR interview with Bing West.

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“We are deluding ourselves if we do not recognize the unique ways and means of American warfare...”

Russia’s utilization of troops without uniforms and perhaps “the most amazing information warfare blitzkrieg we have seen” were part of the first Russian push in Ukraine.

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The tepid response of the western powers is not just a failure of leadership; it is a failure of imagination. There are other options available to make Putin pay a price.

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