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“There were some really fine foreign policy ideas being promulgated down to the tactical level. Unfortunately, no one had bothered to ask about the feasibility of implementation.”

What are the Basics? Developing for Mission Command by Donald E. Vandergriff, Law Enforcement and Security Consulting

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Until we figure this out, I'm afraid West Point will perpetuate an unacceptable gap in the space between the "scholar" and the "warrior."

Nigerians are increasingly pointing to rampant corruption and incompetence among police and military units.

“Terrorism is a tactic, it’s not a thing. They have now defined the United States as being in a global confrontation with a tactic…”

Continue on for intial reaction to the President's foreign policy speech. Updates will follow in the morning.

“An exclusive look at the Afghan special operations forces that are key to President Obama’s Afghan counterterrorism strategy.”

Full Transcript of President Obama’s Commencement Address at West Point via The Washington Post (Foreign Policy Focus)

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"President Barack Obama will seek to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the war formally ends."

Best Practice or Best Strategy: Can New Counterinsurgency Doctrine Win Future Wars? By David Ucko,  ISN

The White House accidentally blew the cover of the top CIA officer in Afghanistan Saturday.

We shouldn’t approach professional reading with a checklist mentality, but instead put forth a more comprehensive effort.

Special Operations - An Army Core Competency by Lt. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland and Lt. Col. Stuart L. Farris, Army Magazine


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Landpower: Al-Qaeda, Russia, Army Culture and More

This Profession of Arms: A Military Officer Breaking the Silence After War by Dale, The Bridge

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"Observers have noted an alarming decline in military-history courses in university history departments nationally."

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Ten Questions the National Defense Panel Must Answer by James Jay Carafano, The National Interest

“Small is Beautiful”: El Salvador’s Lessons and Non-Lessons for the Indirect Approach by David Ucko, War on the Rocks

As the Marine Corps builds up the Special-Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response there are valuable lessons to be learned from recent French military operations.

The Future of American Power: The Great Pull-Back? - No, America is Not in Retreat