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by SWJ Editors
February 26, 2015 07:43 PM | Comments (7)
The world is awash in change. The international order, so painstakingly put together by the greatest generation coming home from mankind’s bloodiest conflict, is under increasing stress.
February 26, 2015 02:46 PM | Comments (0)
Funded by Christian groups from abroad, mainly from the US, the Nineveh Plains Protection Unit aims to bring a local Christian militia to bear against the IS.
February 25, 2015 01:01 PM | Comments (4)
General H.R. McMaster has been making the rounds lately, emphasizing the enduring difficulty of war and the fallacy of technological fixes.
February 25, 2015 11:08 AM | Comments (8)
Why the failure of the Afghan Surge doesn’t make counterinsurgency theory wrong.
February 24, 2015 09:26 PM | Comments (1)
A new study suggests reforms to help improve United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world.
February 23, 2015 09:00 PM | Comments (0)
Calling the Islamic State “hardly invincible,” new Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter gave his blessing Monday to the US-led strategy.
February 18, 2015 09:44 AM | Comments (4)
Untruthfulness is surprisingly common in the U.S. military even though members of the profession are loath to admit it.
February 18, 2015 06:38 AM | Comments (3)
ISIS is not al Qaeda. It is not an outgrowth or a part of the older radical Islamist organization, nor does it represent the next phase in its evolution.
February 17, 2015 12:51 PM | Comments (0)
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's message to DOD personnel.
February 16, 2015 01:14 PM | Comments (9)
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths.
February 16, 2015 05:58 AM | Comments (0)
The White House this week hosts a summit on countering violent extremism, coincidentally just days after murderous attacks with multiple victims.
by Keith Nightingale
February 16, 2015 04:44 AM | Comments (1)
Since ISIS has become prominent for a variety of issues - all bad, there has been a steady drumbeat for US boots on the ground to resolve the problems.
February 15, 2015 09:48 PM | Comments (0)
So why do the United States and its allies take pretty much the same approach to all?
February 15, 2015 05:14 AM | Comments (0)
The Islamic State is expanding beyond its base in Syria and Iraq to establish militant affiliates in Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt and Libya.
February 14, 2015 06:26 AM | Comments (0)
Sharing the love....
February 13, 2015 05:34 PM | Comments (26)
The Obama administration and its strongest opponents in Congress may not have much in common, but one thing they do share is the constant misuse of the word “strategy.”
February 13, 2015 01:30 PM | Comments (0)
Stars & Stripes Special Report.
by Robert Bunker and Byron Ramirez
February 13, 2015 12:04 PM | Comments (1)
Derived from the location of where the armored vehicles were found, it is believed that they belong to a faction of the Cartel del Golfo. (In Spanish and English)
February 13, 2015 08:59 AM | Comments (0)
The Taliban in this northern province allows girls to attend school. It doesn’t execute soldiers or police. Its fighters are not Pashtun...
February 13, 2015 08:42 AM | Comments (0)
There have been a few unsophisticated probes of user accounts in our forum. Our front line security measures are working and triggering notices to users.
February 9, 2015 03:20 PM | Comments (10)
Estimates of the number of fighters in the ranks of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are extraordinarily wide-ranging.
February 9, 2015 10:29 AM | Comments (1)
Finally, a welcome development in the wild e-west.
February 9, 2015 06:54 AM | Comments (1)
Attempting to take back the city of Mosul, the country’s second-largest, as well as Tikrit and Fallujah, will test not only the fighting power of Iraqi forces...
February 6, 2015 05:49 AM | Comments (21)
President Obama is set to present his plan to deal with foreign policy concerns, ranging from the Islamic State to the rise of China, in a report to lawmakers.
February 5, 2015 10:52 PM | Comments (3)
At a confirmation for Ashton B. Carter, the nominee for defense secretary, Republicans repeatedly bemoaned what they called the lack of a coherent policy.
February 4, 2015 10:51 PM | Comments (2)
The group that calls itself the IS is reportedly expanding its reach. But it may start losing its appeal to potential recruits through actions that expose its extreme brutality.
February 4, 2015 10:59 AM | Comments (0)
"Any man I see out there, I'm gonna kill him. Any son of a bitch takes a shot at me, I'm not only going to kill him, I'm going to kill his wife and all his friends..."
February 3, 2015 05:16 PM | Comments (0)
Recruiting an experienced hand at a critical moment will reassure those who seek continuity from the Administration’s policy.
by Robert Bunker
February 2, 2015 02:41 PM | Comments (0)
... relatively sophisticated nautical craft beneath the waves – we need to understand their capabilities and intent. This volume is a fine start. - Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret)
February 1, 2015 11:50 AM | Comments (0)
Contrary to what the Internet would have you believe there are ways of thinking about Chris Kyle other than war criminal or hero.