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by The New York Times
December 18, 2016 05:19 AM | Comments (1)
“The question is how subtle do you want it, how damaging do you want it, how do you try to end it here rather than just ratchet it up?"
by The Guardian
December 18, 2016 03:39 AM | Comments (0)
“Tehran’s help in securing Syria’s second city is much less to do with re-establishing state sovereignty than about asserting its own agenda.”
by Foreign Policy
December 17, 2016 10:04 AM | Comments (11)
“President Obama has been shamefully derelict in making Putin pay a price for his aggression. It’s time to give Vladimir a taste of his own medicine.”
by SWJ Editors
December 16, 2016 07:32 PM | Comments (0)
Continue on for a short statement concerning China’s seizure of a US Navy unmanned underwater vehicle in international waters.
December 16, 2016 06:20 PM | Comments (1)
"The message for autocratic leaders in the region and elsewhere is that force works — and brings few consequences."
by The Wall Street Journal
December 16, 2016 08:12 AM | Comments (5)
“Low-profile ground deployments show importance of battle to Kremlin.”
December 14, 2016 09:02 PM | Comments (1)
"The Pentagon has revised a 2015 manual for waging combat while obeying the international laws of war, tightening rules for when it is lawful to fire on a military target."
by Voice of America
December 14, 2016 08:44 PM | Comments (0)
Control over U.S. government international broadcasting will be consolidated under a powerful chief executive, under legislation expected to soon be signed by President Obama.
December 14, 2016 12:57 AM | Comments (1)
"New U.S. estimates put the number of IS "battle ready" fighters in Iraq and Syria at just 12,000 to 15,000, less than half of what the terror group was able to field at its height....
December 13, 2016 02:10 PM | Comments (0)
“Beltway elites scoff at Rex Tillerson’s background in business and his support of the Boy Scouts.”
by The New Yorker
December 13, 2016 07:38 AM | Comments (6)
"Tillerson’s life has been shaped to a profound extent by two institutions: ExxonMobil and the Boy Scouts of America."
by Agence France-Presse
December 11, 2016 02:56 PM | Comments (0)
“As Obama prepares to step down, a flap has erupted over the secretive commandos who have become his go-to counterterrorist force across the globe.”
by The Hoover Institution
December 10, 2016 10:15 AM | Comments (6)
This 2015 essay was adapted from statements made by General James Mattis before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
December 10, 2016 08:24 AM | Comments (0)
“Proposals include limiting White House operational oversight and giving military more tactical authority.”
by The Washington Post
December 9, 2016 05:24 PM | Comments (0)
“Their views have been heavily influenced over the past 15 years by intensely personal battlefield losses, the country’s waning attention to the wars and an up-close view of a ruthless...
by War on the Rocks
December 9, 2016 04:23 PM | Comments (0)
"Neither you nor Secretary Clinton said much in the campaign about the war in Afghanistan. I don't blame you. It's a complex issue."
December 9, 2016 04:13 PM | Comments (0)
“After years of moldering away under post Cold war budget crunches, Putin has spent billions to modernize the Russian arsenal.”
December 9, 2016 05:25 AM | Comments (0)
“Congress passed a measure on Thursday that would offer sanctuary to a fraction of the Afghan interpreters and translators who have risked their lives to help the military.”
by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
December 9, 2016 05:16 AM | Comments (0)
This CTC report evaluates how the make-up, scale, and scope of the Iraq- and Syria-bound foreign fighter problem has changed over the last decade.
December 8, 2016 01:28 PM | Comments (0)
“Using U.S. support to El Salvador during the country’s 12-year civil war as a case study, Ladwig evaluates Washington’s two main strategies for influencing local governments....
by The Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation
December 8, 2016 12:19 PM | Comments (0)
"Ministries of foreign affairs are no longer the exclusive channel for international contacts."
by USA Today
December 8, 2016 11:59 AM | Comments (0)
“There is reason to believe that James Mattis would represent a desperately needed voice of reason in the Trump administration's national security team.”
December 8, 2016 04:05 AM | Comments (0)
"Despite making regular remarks on the campaign trail disparaging the nation’s generals, Trump has long shown an affinity for them."
by Mother Jones
December 7, 2016 06:05 PM | Comments (3)
"Hmmm. I have some doubts about this. For starters, that $125 billion is over five years. That comes to $25 billon per year."
December 7, 2016 08:43 AM | Comments (0)
Continue on for a graphic NYT multi-media look at Duterte’s Philippines.
December 6, 2016 03:06 PM | Comments (0)
“Mattis’s nomination to the position may effectively require 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a procedural hurdle, as well a separate vote in the House to grant him an exemption....
December 6, 2016 10:20 AM | Comments (0)
The Autumn 2016 issue of Parameters is now online. Continue on for links to all the articles.
December 2, 2016 08:22 AM | Comments (0)
"On Thursday, at a post-election victory rally in Cincinnati, President-elect Donald Trump announced his pick for secretary of defense."
by Real Clear Defense
November 26, 2016 10:30 AM | Comments (0)
"In light of trends exposed by our recent elections, this renegotiation of America’s civil-military relationship is already underway."
by Gary Anderson
November 26, 2016 07:03 AM | Comments (1)
Evacuation, even if done properly, will be traumatic; but it will save countless lives among civilians and Iraqi security forces.