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by RAND Corporation
May 19, 2016 01:21 PM | Comments (0)
This report presents a comprehensive examination of the organization, territorial designs, management, personnel policies, and finances of ISI and AQI, both predecessors of the IS.
by The Ada News
May 18, 2016 02:01 PM | Comments (4)
“I am troubled by what appears to be a growing primary reliance on special operations in lieu of a more comprehensive strategy from the Administration to defeat ISIS.”
by SWJ Editors
May 18, 2016 01:38 PM | Comments (0)
Dave Kilcullen discusses the challenges in Africa, to include urbanization, at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies.
by Voice of America
May 18, 2016 01:21 PM | Comments (0)
The US military is prepared to support a train-and-equip mission to fight the thousands of IS militants in Libya when the Libyan government is ready for it.
by The Daily Beast
May 17, 2016 02:37 PM | Comments (0)
"The sudden rise in ISIS attacks, U.S. officials believe, signals that the terror group no longer is committed to territorial expansion."
by The National Interest
May 17, 2016 06:44 AM | Comments (0)
"It is Phases IV and V that the United States has recently had more difficulty with, both as a military and as a nation."
May 16, 2016 02:22 PM | Comments (0)
World powers say they will back Libya’s new government in its bid to lift a U.N. arms embargo.
by G. Murphy Donovan
May 16, 2016 01:27 PM | Comments (1)
In small wars of a thousand cuts, time is not an American or European ally.
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
May 16, 2016 07:36 AM | Comments (0)
The pact, signed amid World War I, divided the Ottoman Empire into spheres of imperial control, and is often held responsible for establishing the current borders of the Middle East.
by The New York Times
May 16, 2016 05:31 AM | Comments (0)
“Today, a major in the Army knows nothing but fighting terrorists and guerrillas, because he came into the Army after 9/11.”
by Military Times
May 15, 2016 01:41 PM | Comments (0)
“The reforms (officer promotion) were opposed by many leaders in the Army and the Marine Corps, where the service cultures focus more on traditional leadership.”
by The Washington Post
May 14, 2016 10:17 PM | Comments (0)
“The need for help is particularly great this year as the U.S. military has reduced its presence in Afghanistan.”
by Keith Nightingale
May 14, 2016 10:04 PM | Comments (0)
Here are two images that depict far better than any writing what our Nation and our people are all about.
May 14, 2016 01:22 PM | Comments (1)
“If the U.S. truly wishes to assist Afghanistan it must end the debate over semantics and remove lawyers from the war room. It's time to take the handcuffs off American airpower.”
May 14, 2016 12:01 PM | Comments (0)
Drones being used in Iraq and Syria range from state-of-the-art military hardware used by the US-led coalition to rudimentary consumer products used by IS and various militias.
by The Wall Street Journal
May 13, 2016 09:16 PM | Comments (0)
"As Islamic State loses territory in the grinding war in the Middle East, it is turning to less elaborate but lethal direct attacks on civilian targets."
May 13, 2016 07:17 PM | Comments (0)
Continue on for the agenda and links to the panel discussions.
by Lexington Institute
May 13, 2016 06:42 PM | Comments (0)
"Until recently, the Army believed WAS to be as important a mission as classic combined arms maneuver, what most civilians would call combat."
May 12, 2016 10:04 PM | Comments (0)
Pakistan is hesitant to take action against the Afghan Taliban on its soil because of concerns the group will re-direct its violence against Pakistan and Afghan intelligence will support it.
May 12, 2016 09:06 PM | Comments (0)
“You know you’re in trouble when success produces more problems than failure.”
May 12, 2016 08:53 PM | Comments (0)
“Pakistan’s double game has long frustrated American officials, and it has grown worse.”
May 12, 2016 08:01 PM | Comments (0)
“American Special Operations troops have been stationed at two outposts in eastern and western Libya since late 2015.”
by Foreign Policy
May 12, 2016 04:32 PM | Comments (1)
“Rather than preserve human engagement capabilities that do more to win wars of today and peace of the future, the Army is divesting itself of a large number of civil affairs forces.”
May 12, 2016 04:17 PM | Comments (0)
“A new unit run by Afghanistan's main intelligence agency has begun operations in southern Helmand province with a mission to exploit divisions within the Taliban insurgency.”
May 12, 2016 09:05 AM | Comments (0)
CIA’s Intelligence Art Gallery recently added another unique work of art to its collection. “A Contingency for Every Action” is the first still-life painting in the Agency’s...
May 12, 2016 12:46 AM | Comments (0)
Efforts to hack away at the Islamic State terror group's wealth are making good progress but are not yet close to crippling its finances.
by The British Broadcasting Corporation
May 11, 2016 01:58 PM | Comments (2)
"The role of influence is often more important than anything."
May 11, 2016 01:47 PM | Comments (1)
“After years of failed overtures, representatives of Mr. Hekmatyar, whose whereabouts is unknown, are now said to be finalizing a peace agreement.”
May 11, 2016 12:29 PM | Comments (0)
1985 New York Times book review, by James Chace, of Richard Nixon’s “No More Vietnams”.
May 11, 2016 03:00 AM | Comments (0)
“Even after the extremists are defeated in Iraq and Syria, the problem will persist. ‘We’ll be in a perpetual state of suppression for a long time’”.