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Introducing Defense in Depth - Council on Foreign Relations blog by Janine Davidson

Pentagon’s Proposed Cuts to Ground Forces: Not as Bad as You Might Think (For Now)…

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Helped by the Arab Spring, terrorist groups in North and West Africa have expanded their operations.

We have added three new articles to Landpower focused on future operations.

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Across Africa, affiliates of Al Qaeda and other Islamist militants are proving resilient and in some cases expanding their influence.

When someone says “tell me how it ends,” it’s another way of saying: “I just don’t happen to like this particular case for intervention”.

“By betting on technology over size, the FY 2015 budget intensifies the debate over whether to prioritize men or material as defense spending declines.”

Countering Others' Insurgencies: Understanding U.S. Small-Footprint Interventions in Local Context

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in an interview broadcast Sunday defended the Obama administration's proposed downsizing of the military.

"The Crimean crisis has energized those who wallow in a conventional wisdom."

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Sinaloa Drug Cartel Can Continue Without 'Chapo' Guzman, Experts Say by Diana Washington Valdez, El Paso Times

The Crimean situation, or the “Situation Formerly Known as the Ukrainian Situation,” has no good solutions. But there are some worse than others.

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Action may provoke -- but so does doing nothing.

Attacking America: Al Qaeda’s Grand Strategy in Its War with the World by Mary Habeck, Foreign Policy Research Institute

AirLand “Reversal” or Continuing Tactical Adaptation? By Christopher Mewett, War on the Rocks

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Armies are like newspapers. They have become 21st-century anachronisms. To survive, they must adapt.

Everybody Should Read General John Kelly's Speech About Two Marines In The Path Of A Truck Bomb by Geoffrey Ingersoll, Business Insider.

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Hagel says that if the reductions are not scaled back or removed, the joint force will be smaller, less ready, and less well equipped than national security requires.

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President Obama today informed Afghan President  Karzai that he has asked the Pentagon to ensure that it has adequate plans in place to accomplish an orderly withdrawal by the end of the year.