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U.S. military forces are on the ground in Libya looking for potential partners in what could soon be an expanded campaign against the Islamic State terror group.

NATO Land Forces commander to succeed Campbell in Afghanistan.

“The Navy’s intelligence chief has been stuck with a major handicap: He’s not allowed to know any secrets.”

“A simulation exercise was run by Israel’s INSS as part of its annual conference. The outcome illustrated the paradoxical reality of the conflict against the Islamic State.”

“In Afghanistan, the Pentagon’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations fostered helpful investment - and pioneered an essential component of future missions.”

Continue on for the ISIS recruits in the U.S. legal system information graphic by GWU’s Program on Extremism.

“The unveiling of the Washington memorial's design is a sign of how far America has come in its willingness to acknowledge dark corners of US history.”

Dedication is the sinew that binds all Soldiers and Marines to their unit and their people.

A MWI Contemporary Battlefield Assessment – Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Study of Urban Conflict and Multinational Operations

“Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is facing an open revolt in his own ranks.”

“Wargames must be designed well and used appropriately. For decision-makers with limited wargaming experience, this can be a daunting challenge.”

“U.S. military commanders are now quietly talking about an American commitment that could keep thousands of troops in the country for decades.”

"Is there a fundamental difference between war fought for reasons of belief and war fought out of self-interest? Is one more primitive than the other, or morally superior?"

My respect goes to Nick Brown as he endeavors to capture the essence of a band of brothers nearly lost to time. 

“The U.S. cannot rely heavily on international partners to achieve its objectives.”

“For Camus, true rebellion entails great tension. It holds fast to the moral center, resisting oppression while resisting one’s own tendency to oppress.”

"Analyst Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi of the Middle East Forum, a U.S.-based think tank, has amassed an archive of official IS documents."

“Kerry that progress has been made in combating the Islamic State and violent extremism, and called fighting government corruption an integral part of the battle.”

"As Defense Secretary Carter calls for continued U.S. "boots on the ground" in Iraq and Syria to defeat the Islamic State, the public is still trying to figure out the current role...

“As Russia and the U.S. work to bring Syria’s government and its domestic opponents to peace talks next week, the two countries are jockeying for position on the ground.”

“Whatever the administration is thinking, it is clear that they have failed to learn at least five important lessons from the experiences in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.”

We are likely stuck with the lead from behind Global Shepherd doctrine until January 2017; this administration is not going admit that it is wrong at this point.

“Potential adversaries know U.S. military capabilities and vulnerabilities.”

"Peace in Afghanistan is possible, but first the parties need to let go of five pernicious myths."

“The balance of power in the Pacific is slipping away from the U.S. because the ‘pivot’ has been hampered by budget cuts, lack of clear policy goals and China’s willingness...

“A former Navy SEAL and current Defense Department official is being called on to revamp the federal government's effort to counter ISIS and other groups' recruitment propaganda....

“Slowly but surely al-Qaida’s Syria affiliate - Jabhat al Nusra - appears to be positioning itself to emerge as the victor in the U.S.-led war against the Islamic State.”

“The main 26 nations in the anti-IS coalition, as well as Iraq, will assemble in Brussels next month, after a NATO defense ministers' meeting, to continue the talks.”

“The Pentagon may strip the former general of a star. And Hillary?”

“His death was shocking: Suicide was rare among SEALs, unusual during a deployment in a war zone and unprecedented for a high-achieving SEAL officer.”