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The Army has quietly killed a program that put social scientists on battlefields to help troops avoid unnecessary bloodshed and improve civilians' lives.

What if we had “saved game” before we invaded Iraq? What would America’s strategic options look like today?

In April 2015, USA Today reported a disconcerting, if somewhat incongruous, finding about the Army’s morale.

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Long before James Webb became secretary of the Navy or a US senator—or even potentially a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate—he was a 23-year-old Marine fighting in Vietnam.

They hid in plain sight, the homebrew gun club for a powerful new gang, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

"I am a writer..."

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Declining morale is not unique to the Army; it runs across the services and even across countries.

The 685 page 10MB PDF can be downloaded at the link provided. H/T to Dave Maxwell.

The Army has the Green Berets, while the Navy is known for the SEALs. Now, an elite branch of the U.S. Marine Corps will officially be known as Raiders.

As President Obama was weighing how to halt Islamic State advances in Iraq, some of the strongest resistance to boosting U.S. involvement came from a surprising place: a war-weary military.

This really is an ISIL unconventional warfare manual (with ISIL Characteristics).

Soldiers won’t follow clueless leaders into battles they can’t win.

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.