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"The handwriting is on the wall: Whether it’s a strategically sound policy or not."

“The United States military doesn’t have any irreplaceable bases.”

"To understand the risks and downsides of such a move, we can look to the experience of the merger of the USIA into the State Department in 1999."

“The U.S. military faces a two-decade struggle to help bring stability to Africa, where the lack of an overall government strategy is complicating operations.”

“A Washington think tank calls for more of the same failed intervention.”

“The Army is standing up a new brigade that will deploy around the world to train foreign troops, and they're looking for about 500 seasoned officers and NCOs to man it.”

Continue on for more concerning Hacking for Defense.

“The film is the most ambitious for Burns, who is renowned for his documentaries on the Civil War, jazz, baseball and World War II, among others.”

“As tensions rise in several regions, possibly leading to new US involvement in Afghanistan and other combat operations, it’s worth pausing to truly consider who fights our wars.”

“The disconnect over a policy shift, with big implications for the Pentagon, State and the federal budget, illustrates the sway military officers exercise in the Trump administration.”

The secretary sat down today for his first television interview with Face the Nation. He spoke about the threats facing the United States and the department’s response to those threats.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke yesterday morning at the U.S. Military Academy graduation and commissioning.

“A recording provides fresh evidence of ominous changes underway within the embattled organization that declared war against the West nearly two decades ago.”

A comprehensive piece by David Kilcullen in The Australian on what our efforts in Afghanistan require - “what’s needed now are not troops per se but en­ablers”

“The lack of political unity in America. The lack of a fundamental friendliness."

“Do we really want to slash the State Department and the USAID at such a perilous moment?”

The push by the U.S. and its allies to capture the terrorist group’s strongholds in Mosul and Raqqa should also focus urgent discussions about a post-IS strategy for stabilization.

“Foreign fighters have joined an IS-linked militant group occupying a southern Philippine city and are seeking to turn the island of Mindanao into a caliphate.”


President Donald J. Trump called for NATO member nations to step up and pay their “fair share” of defense spending in the fight against global terrorism.

Continue on for a PKSOI call for papers concerning Civil Affairs as a force for consolidating gains in a way that helps the larger Joint Force and the Army.

James Stavridis, Time Magazine, and James Durso, The Hill, discuss how many troops do we really need in Afghanistan.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to raise concerns Thursday with President Donald Trump over U.S. leaks to the media of investigative details of the Manchester bombing.

Memorial Day this year calls on us to look backward at our past and forward to the many uncertainties and challenges facing our nation overseas.

"The U.S. Army failed to properly keep tracks of hundreds of humvees, tens of thousands of rifles and other pieces of military equipment that were sent to Iraq."

British police said Wednesday it was “clear” the suicide bomber who attacked a concert in Manchester did not act alone.

“Rather than talk of cutting forces further, the United States needs to first go back to the future—or perhaps it's more accurate to say, go forward to the past.”

“Russian aggression increases the need for NATO to be fully funded and functioning. Russia is acting out against neighboring states and has threatened NATO members.”

British police say at least 22 people were killed and 59 wounded in an explosion Monday night outside a concert venue in Manchester, England.

“The former Marine Corps general spent four decades on the front lines. How will he lead the Department of Defense?”