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The Pentagon has options to support U.S. diplomacy over Syria. Why can't it do the same regarding Iran?

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A New Front Line in the U.S. Drug War by Damien Cave, Charlie Savage, and Thom Shanker of the New York Times.

Mexico Cartel Drops Aerial Leaflets Against Gov't - AP via The Seattle Times. BLUF:    

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #12: Forensics of Recovered Weapons from Piedras Negras Tactical Engagement Between Los Zetas and GATE (Grupo de Armas y Tácticas Especiales).

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Loose lips sink ships is an American English idiom meaning "beware of unguarded talk". Brigadier General Neil Tolley - TMI or Misquoted?

Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #11A - MG 34 Machine Guns in Mexico : The Guatemalan Connection.

A free conference in October 2012.

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Counterinsurgency Center Webcast, FM3-24/MCWP 3-33.5 Counterinsurgency Revision Conference Outcomes, 7 June, 1000 CDT.

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Historian and critic Paul Fussell died this week at 88.  Read his take on war.

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West Point Is Divided on a War Doctrine’s Fate by Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times.

The Associated Press reports that 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related.

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HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC; General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

When crises erupt, regional commanders need other effective options besides simply more aircraft carrier strike groups.

Gian Gentile asks why Stanley McChrystal is teaching an "off-the-record" course at Yale.

Ivo Daalder on the NATO Summit and the struggle to succeed Sistani.

Mexico’s Two Major Crime Cartels Now at War by William Booth, Washington Post.

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Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #11: MG 34 Machine Guns Recovered in Nayarit— Hezbollah Arms Transfer Concerns

BG Mark Arnold argues for personnel reforms in an essay in Armed Forces Journal.

A review of Lewis Sorley's biography on General Westmoreland.

The Center for National Policy offers a report on a new way ahead.

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