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by The Washington Post
November 3, 2016 03:49 AM | Comments (0)
"Syria has become a byword for the sort of vicious assault on civilian life unseen in the 21st century. In a rare press trip to the capital, Damascus, visitors tasted a different reality."
by The New York Times
November 3, 2016 03:32 AM | Comments (0)
"al-Baghdadi released a blistering audio recording imploring his forces to remain firm in the face of the American-backed Iraqi offensive and excoriating those who might consider fleeing."
by Voice of America
November 2, 2016 12:38 PM | Comments (0)
Two VOA articles: Reporters Without Borders’s press predators and the Taliban’s assaults on news media.
by Federal News Radio
November 2, 2016 11:13 AM | Comments (0)
"There is a larger systemic issue in the evaluation system itself that is holding back the talented, but more unconventional soldier."
by SWJ Editors
November 2, 2016 08:10 AM | Comments (0)
Oxford University Press book now available from Amazon.
November 2, 2016 01:59 AM | Comments (0)
Iraqi special forces seized control of state television facilities inside Mosul on Tuesday, as a loose-knit combat coalition allied with Baghdad pressed an offensive.
by National Security Archive
November 1, 2016 01:36 PM | Comments (0)
"Washington, D.C. October 31, 2016 - The CIA today released the long-contested Volume V of its official history of the Bay of Pigs invasion, which it had successfully concealed until now."
November 1, 2016 11:35 AM | Comments (2)
"Meet Capt. Jim Perkins, one of those soldiers being forced out."
November 1, 2016 07:19 AM | Comments (0)
“The advance into the eastern edge of Mosul heralded a new and more complicated phase in a campaign that American military officials say could last months.”
by Center for Naval Analyses
October 30, 2016 10:31 PM | Comments (2)
On October 14, 2016, CNA convened a half-day meeting of experts to discuss the use of special operations forces by the next administration.
by National Defense University Press
October 30, 2016 05:13 PM | Comments (0)
Continue on for links to the latest JFQ articles.
by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction
October 30, 2016 03:48 PM | Comments (0)
Yesterday, SIGAR released an audit of DOD and USAID's $2.8 billion investment in Afghanistan's road infrastructure.
October 30, 2016 03:35 PM | Comments (0)
Beyond Convergence: World Without Order (National Defense University Book)
October 30, 2016 07:45 AM | Comments (2)
"The Taliban - who, when they controlled the government, banned television and jailed people for photography - rely on their front-line fighters to record the moment and share it."
by DoD News
October 29, 2016 12:50 PM | Comments (0)
As delivered by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Washington, D.C., Oct. 28, 2016.
October 29, 2016 09:31 AM | Comments (2)
The megacities of the future (population >10M) will be more densely populated and socially and politically complex than anything we know today. (H/T The Intercept)
October 29, 2016 06:32 AM | Comments (0)
Today, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released an audit of USAID's Measuring Impacts of Stabilization Initiatives program.
October 28, 2016 05:23 PM | Comments (0)
Pathetic traitors tell their “story”.
by The Christian Science Monitor
October 28, 2016 03:19 PM | Comments (1)
"As Iraqi forces move to retake the city from ISIS, analysts warn the Shiite ruling elite is not doing enough to include a disenfranchised Sunni minority, whose anger helped feed the growth of...
October 26, 2016 02:11 PM | Comments (0)
"The Pentagon has secretly expanded its global network of drone bases to North Africa, deploying unmanned aircraft and U.S. military personnel to a facility in Tunisia."
by The Wall Street Journal
October 26, 2016 05:32 AM | Comments (0)
“Jihadist group courts al-Shabaab members in Somalia with promises of an easier life; lower taxes, fewer political diatribes.”
October 26, 2016 04:15 AM | Comments (0)
"When the US fights its wars in the Middle East, it has a habit of recruiting local forces as proxies and then jettisoning them when the going gets tough or regional politics intervene."
by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
October 25, 2016 05:17 PM | Comments (1)
Continue on for links to the October 2016 issue of the CTC Sentinel.
by Smithsonian Magazine
October 25, 2016 10:25 AM | Comments (0)
"These men risked their lives for the U.S. military. Now many would like to come to America but are stranded — and in danger."
October 25, 2016 05:31 AM | Comments (7)
"The 21st-century U.N. doctrine called Responsibility To Protect (R2P), set up by the world body's member states to prevent mass killings, has only had limited success."
by Rachel Rizzo and Adam Twardowski
October 24, 2016 01:17 PM | Comments (0)
Russia’s apparent success in exploiting fissures within the Alliance is the greatest threat the United States and its NATO allies face from Moscow.
October 24, 2016 03:51 AM | Comments (0)
Fugitive Afghan Taliban leaders are being increasingly pressured to relocate from Pakistan along with their families and businesses for refusing to join peace talks with Kabul.
by National Public Radio
October 23, 2016 02:20 PM | Comments (1)
Dr. David Kilcullen interview (audio) on National Public Radio.
by The Week
October 23, 2016 11:17 AM | Comments (1)
“When everybody else decided it was a good idea to forestall a public debate about enormously important and complicated policy questions, the press decided to go along and let it happen....
October 23, 2016 10:16 AM | Comments (10)
"The current revision of Joint Publication 5-0, Joint Operation Planning, provides an opportunity to fix the flawed description of the center of gravity concept."