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“Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and other officials described the Islamic State as the ‘pre-eminent terrorist threat.’”

Continue on for a link to the prepared assessment dated 9 February.

No, this is not a Duffel Blog piece.

“A new hybrid warfare playbook would attempt to lay out the kind of assistance the alliance would provide should a member state come under outside pressure from Russia.”

Continue on for “Evolving the Marine Corps for Irregular Warfare” and “Sprinting to Fight the Last War: A Response to “Evolving the Marine Corps for Irregular Warfare”

"Some forecast an implosion of secular and less religious-based militias aligned with the Western-backed Free Syrian Army in northern Syria."

“A force-wide look at misconduct among senior military officers — and the efforts to prevent it — found significant differences among the services’ cultures.”

“And yet for all of its promise, the Human Terrain System failed to deliver.”

The rigidity of the military’s career system has consequences far more dire than dissatisfied junior officers or talent flight.

“The Islamic State’s recent defeats on the battlefield signal that its once-vaunted militia army has been hobbled.”

“With the transition of responsibility for COIN operations to Afghan security forces, the United States should continue to both bolster Afghan COIN capabilities.”

“Gray, it seems, is the new black. The concept of ‘gray zone’ conflict has generated significant attention and controversy recently.”

“Battlefield realities rather than great power politics will determine the ultimate terms of a settlement to end the Syrian Civil War.”

“Some US officials are heralding new intelligence on the number of IS fighters as a sign the tide is starting to turn in the battle against the group but there are concerns.”

“Though IS has lost about 25 percent of the territory it held at its peak, it has meanwhile established an international presence, on the ground and in cyberspace.”

This Sunday the Nation will be transfixed with Super Sunday Super Bowl #50.

“President Obama is being pressed by some of his top national security aides to approve the use of American military power in Libya to open up another front against the Islamic State.”

“China announced a series of major comprehensive reforms for the People's Liberation Army that will likely shape China's military modernisation trajectory for the next decade.”

“If Russian tanks and troops rolled into the Baltics tomorrow, outgunned and outnumbered NATO forces would be overrun in under three days.”

“Now, more than ever, the United States should not waiver on Afghanistan,” General Campbell, the outgoing commander of Operation Resolute Support told lawmakers.”

“One thing is clear: The playbook we’ve been using since the 1940s isn’t going to cut it anymore.”

"The Army now faces a 'crisis of relevance' for its future enemies."

Seventeen coalition member countries have sent more than 6,500 soldiers to Iraq to help in the fight against IS – and the U.S. is calling for more.

Secretary of Defense Carter has laid out his military spending priorities for the 2017 budget, reflecting efforts to counter Russia's assertiveness and fight Islamic State militants.

China’s armed forces are undergoing a sweeping five-year reorganization aimed at creating central control over the military’s nearly autonomous branches.

Improving the Sustainment of SOF Distributed Operations in Access-Denied Environments by former SWJ Editor Robert Haddick.

“In the wake of Russia's warplane being shot down by Turkey two months ago, the Turkish foreign ministry is claiming another incursion. What lies behind Russian aggression?”

“The age of the commando, though, is more than pop cultural fantasy emanating from Hollywood. It’s now a significant part of our military strategy.”

The borders of IS’s self-declared caliphate are steadily eroding, but it will likely be months before U.S. and coalition-backed forces are ready to take on the strongholds in Mosul or Raqqa.

“The measures announced by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, including paid maternity leave, are intended to support service members and their families.”