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"Containment will not destroy ISIS; that is a task that only the people of the region can accomplish. But containment will buy time..."

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The Islamic State presents a problem to be managed, not a war to be won.

For well over a year now, the Arab Spring has struggled on life support, doomed to die with barely a whimper. Instead, it ended definitively with the bang of U.S. airstrikes in Syria.

A civilian’s perspective on our COIN efforts in Eastern Afghanistan. A just released book written for field grade military and civilian equivalents.

The number of American cities that have the presence of at least one of the seven major Mexican Drug Cartels have more than tripled since 2010...

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As the U.S. expands its war against the Islamic State, the Army is preparing to deploy a division headquarters to Iraq.

Traditionalists have long held amphibious warfare to be the defining characteristic of Marines while simultaneously displaying a strong aversion to Corps participation in irregular warfare.

"Underestimating an adversary’s will to win can be a costly mistake in war, as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper noted in an interview last week."

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Continue on for the latest online issue of the U.S. Army War College Quarterly Parameters.

"While looking at the effectiveness of a doctrine like COIN in past conflicts is instructive, it can’t be the only factor that determines how the U.S. prepares its troops for combat....

ISIS, Air Power, Land Power and Clausewitz at The Bridge.

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There are skeptics both inside and outside the government who doubt Obama’s new plan to arm the Syrian rebels can work.

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“You just don’t take anything off the table up front, which it appears the administration has tried to do,” said Mattis.

The clash between Obama’s repeated guarantees that the U.S. will not deploy “boots on the ground” and the comments of its military officials deepened skepticism on Capitol Hill.

The Mideast may have the spotlight right now, but it’s not the only area that has the Army of Chief of Staff worried.

There are times the United States does not need an enemy in going to war. It poses enough of a threat to itself without any foreign help.

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“The pesh merga’s struggles are just one in a series of problems that have hit Iraqi Kurdistan, a proud region of Kurdish-speaking people…”

President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday the United States will not fight another ground war in Iraq.

President Barack Obama is fond of publicly declaring that there will be “no boots on the ground” when commenting on the Syria, Iraq, and Islamic State crises.

U.S. Central Command leadership will brief President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this morning at MacDill Air Force Base.

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VOA update and additional news links...

As Gen. John Allen, one of the very best NATO commanders in history, takes up responsibility for building such a group to face the IS in Iraq and Syria, here are some thoughts on the start-up phase...

President Obama has outlined a strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). In order to defeat ISIL, we have to understand what makes them tick.