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“Questions abound about why some might want to exaggerate Iranian power.”

“America and its military’s proclivity for perpetual war - and what that means for the war against Islamist terrorists.”

“The rise and fall of the Syria covert action program conveys some useful lessons about this most delicate weapon in the United States’ arsenal.”

“A State Department report released Wednesday underscores the persistence of the terrorist threat posed by the Islamic State.”

Continue on for links to the 25-26 July conference agenda and bios as well as info on the 24-28 July crowd sourcing event.

“It’s pointless to commit to a troop surge when there’s no strategy to support it.”

The report said brigades that had been trained were at 60% of their planned strength. It attributed this failure to problems with recruitment, retention, and desertions.

Continue on for information on the 25-26 July Mad Scientist Conference and on how to watch the live-stream.

“Intelligence and security officials are bracing for the kind of devastating insurgency al Qaeda waged following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.”

“President Trump presided over a rare meeting of his full national security team Wednesday in the White House.”

“There were early signs that the State Department would be benched.”

“Islamic State has lost Mosul and is under pressure in Raqqa. But affiliates remain active in other countries.”

“The Mosul experience shows the difficulties of urban warfare—and the need for better training.”

"The U.S. should learn from the more than a decade and a half of fighting is not to declare 'mission accomplished' on the basis of even the greatest tactical victory."

“According to the CBO, fiscal reality is coming, and far faster than most Washington policymakers appear to realize.”

“In October, Iraqi forces set out to retake Mosul, ISIS’s biggest stronghold in the country. It would take them nine months and cost thousands of lives.”

“The U.S. effort to develop Iraq’s security forces is widely viewed as a monumental and costly failure, but there is at least one element that has been a smashing success.”

“Some in the United States are now questioning the strategic value of a globally engaged military, wondering if the Nation would be better off with fewer global commitments.”

“Post-combat responsibilities can be evaded. They can be handed off or ignored. But the consequences of evasion, as demonstrated in Iraq 2003 and Libya 2011, can be catastrophic.”

Continue on for 7 videos covering this 27 June RAND conference.

“The Army continues to fight in cities and must prepare for all aspects of urban warfare.”

"I am an enormous admirer of Jim Mattis, Michèle Flournoy, CEO of think tank Center for a New American Security, said on MSNBC about the current Defense secretary.”

“Private military contractors have spotted an opportunity as America’s longest war grinds on.”

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters fought Islamic State militants in the heart of Raqqa & in a Taliban propaganda film a fighter can be seen carrying a FN SCAR 7.62mm rifle.

“The country’s distinct and decentralized clan culture exacerbates nation-building efforts and calls into question the utility and practicality of a centralized national government....

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that qualified, fresh blood is desperately needed in the Army’s general officer ranks.”

“Several hundred such volunteers have arrived since the Syrian civil war began six years ago, according to local estimates, and several dozen remain.”

“The most critical factor feeding jihadi movements is the collapse of effective central governments — a trend in which the West, especially the U.S., has been complicit.”

“Will the War of 1812 slip back into historical irrelevance in the decades to come? Why did Britain quit while it was ahead?”

"The battle of Mosul is over, but the war against the Islamic State is far from done."