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The smell of the issue facility as you move through. There is a lot of old stuff here. Your first night in country. Will you know the last?

Iraq would see a “robust civilian presence,” Clinton told reporters afterward, summing up the Obama administration’s pledges to Maliki. “We are working to achieve that....

The nature and character of war is not only the most important concept for the profession of arms, it also the central understanding upon which the profession thrives or fails.

They carried P-38 can openers and heat tabs, watches and dog tags, insect repellent, gum, cigarettes, Zippo lighters, salt tablets, compress bandages, ponchos, Kool-Aid...

"Let’s set our sights on 2050: what will the strategic security environment look like then?"

"There is no question that the Islamic State will be defeated in Mosul; the real question is what comes afterward."

“The militant group has forced thousands to become child jihadists. As many escape, Nigeria wonders what to do with them.”

A huge SWJ BZ to Irina A. Chindea.

"The defeat of the IS’s self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq, at least in terms of territory, is on the horizon. And so too are new problems and potentially new conflicts."

An investigation has found that the U.S. military’s Central Command regularly produced intelligence that distorted the results of the campaign against the Islamic State.

Tensions are increasing, not only in the Donbas but on the Ukraine-Crimea frontier following the off-and-on closure over the weekend of all three border crossings by Russia.

More than half the men and women who have left the U.S. to join the conflict in Iraq and Syria may actually be battling against the Islamic State instead of fighting for it.

“For those concerned that America’s military is in decline or somehow not up to the next challenge, we offer a few reassuring facts.”

“We’ve really been trying to reinforce the fact to Afghans that we are committed to you, and this gives the enemy some propaganda to say, ‘Hey, these people really aren’t...

TRADOC’s commander challenged military, industry and academic leaders attending the Mad Scientist Conference at Georgetown University to think differently about the future.

Every Grunt has a well of courage that is drawn upon as he moves through his tour.  It is a pool that resides in us all.

Dumping large sums of money into solutions that have provided no relief will only weaken the current state.

Governments should double down on this unfortunate incident and encourage police departments to highlight the positive contributions of Muslim officers.

After years of undercover work, the U.S. is starting to pull back the veil on what appear to be loose-knit, perhaps deeply rooted networks of would-be terrorists.

“Russia has won the proxy war, at least for now.”

“The Continent’s jihadists plot attacks while on the dole.”

“Ukraine had become Russia’s means for showcasing what might happen if we ever fought a firepower-intensive battle against it.”

Continue on for a summary and a link to download the US Army Special Operations Command’s UW Pocket Guide.

Continue on for a Mad Scientist Initiative information video.

Continue on for information on the upcoming U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Mad Scientist Conference (includes info on the live stream).

“A jailhouse interview with a German man who joined IS reveals the workings of a unit whose lieutenants are empowered to plan attacks around the world.”

"In the years after the collapse of the Soviet empire, the need diminished in Ukraine and elsewhere for a state-of-the-art army following Western promises."

IS is inciting supporters to mount more attacks on Christians just days after two of the terror group’s sympathizers slit the throat of an 85-year-old French priest as he was celebrating Mass.

“Except for blacklisted nations like Syria and North Korea, there is little to stop governments that routinely violate basic rights from obtaining so-called ‘lawful intercept’...

A Vortex Foundation and Small Wars Journal--El Centro Book.