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“Russia's recent forays into Ukraine and Syria have been followed by a shift in US rhetoric.”

"The Islamic State has a new front: an established foothold in Libya. And Libya gives IS a new opportunity: a place from which to expand into Africa and Europe."

The State Department is revamping its counter-violent-extremist communications efforts through a new Global Engagement Center.

“The administration is creating a new counter-terrorism task force as part of a broader overhaul to combat the online propaganda of the Islamic State and other terror groups.”

“Buried in the 2,009 pages of the recently passed omnibus appropriations bill is what could be President Obama’s most significant counterterrorism contribution to date.”

“It sounds as if you are putting a dent in their armor, but they adapt. They might have some problems for three, six weeks, a few months, but they will adapt.”

“... they don’t feel they are losing. They see it as ‘OK, you want A, you can have A; we will go for B, and if you want B, C, or D, we will attack where you are not’.”

“The reallocation of resources will affect naval strategy, the perception of allies and foes alike, and even recruitment tactics. The shift is both shocking and dangerous.”

“Thomas would be the third former JSOC commander in a row to head up SOCOM; the last time a career Green Beret held the post was more than 15 years ago.”

“Please review the position titles throughout the Marine Corps and ensure that they are gender-integrated as well, removing 'man' from the titles.”

“It's kind of disturbing.”

“… the deterrent effect of a constant presence in the world is less important than the ability to fight and win wars with advanced weapons. That assumption is mistaken.”

“Some modest changes are likely in order… we need to avoid change for change's sake.”

“This report provides Congress with official, unclassified, quantitative data on conventional arms transfers to developing nations by the United States and foreign countries.”

“This commentary is part of the RAND Strategic Rethink project, which explores important strategic questions facing the United States.”

Continue on for a link to Admiral Richardson’s U.S. Navy Guidance.

"Obama intends to nominate Gen. Joe Votel, currently the head of U.S. Special Operations Command, to become chief of Centcom."

“Three Warfares may prove to be far more effective at expanding China’s maritime and territorial boundaries than any arsenal of missiles or fleet of aircraft carriers."

In the face of growing threats from the African continent, U.S. Africa Command has spelled out its theater campaign plan.

The myth of ISIS invincibility must be shattered in the Muslim mind.

“His perennial criticism of CGSC is, at least in this case, off-base and borders on hyperbole.”

“The Afghan government and its US and NATO allies have been fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan for the past 14 years.”

“Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran on Sunday and fellow-Sunni Bahrain followed suit on Monday.”

Continue on for recent Military Review articles of interest.

"The execution of a prominent Shi'ite critic of Saudi Arabia’s ruling royal family has caused international outrage and a serious escalation of diplomatic tensions in the region....

I wondered if I was a contributor to the lifelessness before me. Did I see the warning signs? Was I looking in the right places? 

“Even the administration itself has hesitated to call the victory a vindication, or claim it as evidence that the militants are close to the destruction Obama has promised.”

"Western intelligence agencies are taking increasing notice of dream accounts shared by jihadists on social media sites and in telephone and email exchanges."

“My guess is that before Obama departs, he will adopt some of the more aggressive military options he has been resisting.”

From today’s DOS FOIA release of then Secretary of State Clinton's e-mails. Includes COIN discussion concerning Afghanistan strategy based on a historical perspective.