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"This bleak outlook arises mainly because of the aggressive nationalism being exhibited by Putin and because of strategic misjudgments by the last two U.S. presidents."

"Once a widely practiced tradition, professional soldiers are no longer commonly embedded as official military observers during war."

The U.S.-Russia negotiated cease-fire in Syria that was negotiated over the heads of militias battling to oust President Bashar al-Assad appears Sunday to be all but dead.

The deal for US military cooperation with Russia would expand the current mission in Syria far beyond its exclusive focus on the Islamic State group. And the Pentagon is not happy about it.

"Coalition forces believed they were striking a Daesh fighting position, Central Command said in a statement, using an alternate term for the IS group."

As the Islamic State group's arsenal of sophisticated weaponry dwindles, IS fighters are creating more homemade armaments.

Faced with a global Islamist insurgency, the U.S. government and its political system continue to put forth military-heavy policies which advance strategic objectives haphazardly.

"Why does Snowden get to pick which laws apply to him and which don’t? If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime."

"The U.S. has sent about 40 special-operations troops to work with Turkish forces on clearing out a stretch of the border region in northern Syria still occupied by Islamic State."

SIGAR has released its first lessons learned report. "Corruption in Conflict: Lessons from the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan". Continue on for the interactive website and the full report.

"The Obama administration is considering how to respond. As in most strategic debates, there’s a split between hawks and doves."

The Mattis Way of War: An Examination of Operational Art in Task Force 58 and 1st Marine Division.

“It is a phenomenon that is anathema to me. It runs counter to everything that any of us whoever entered special operations know [is] the right way to do business.”

Americans may despise the Taliban but ISIS makes them look like choirboys.

“The troubled Admiral Kuznetsov has had lots of problems but will soon head out on its first combat deployment.”

Current U.S. security assistance programs are ineffective, and often undermine American security, according to a new report from the NCPA.

The new President will need to have a plan to address this issue without unnecessarily escalating tensions - a tightrope, to be sure, but a necessary one to avoid conflict.

Top U.S. defense officials insist they are not turning a blind eye to fears that Russian hackers are trying to hijack upcoming U.S. presidential and local elections.

SIGAR will release its first lessons learned report, "Corruption in Conflict: Lessons from the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan”, tomorrow. Continue on for details.

"The Pentagon and intelligence community are expected to recommend soon to President Obama that he break up the joint leadership of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command."

"Our traditional tools of warfare, having been focused on state-on-state war, are in many ways ill-suited in war among the people where large-scale expeditionary warfare is not feasible."

The Center for Security Studies Lunch Series: "Interrogation, Intelligence Gathering, and Public Policy" - A Conversation with John McLaughlin and Dr. Elizabeth Arsenault.

*Starts Today* - This event will be streamed live from 13-14 September 2016. Continue on for information concerning the conference.

BLUF: "The most significant weakness of the new deal is that there is no mechanism to punish the Assad regime and Russia."

"After blasting the US for supposedly interfering with his anti-drug war, Duterte called for the pullout of US troops in Mindanao as he blamed the US for the conflict and security threats....

Continue on for links to the September 2016 issue of the CTC Sentinel.

“A mix of encrypted chat apps, face-to-face meetings, written notes and misdirection leaves few electronic clues for Western intelligence agencies.”

Three ODAs of 34-men on horseback worked with the Northern Alliance after 9/11 to overthrow the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Continue on for the video.

Every generation has a cataclysmic event that forever flashes for the participants - the visualization of the moment. Years pass and yet the greatest degree of detail is recalled.

"Top Afghan officials and representatives of an anti-government armed group have reported major progress in their protracted peace negotiations."