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by The New York Times | Thu, 08/02/2018 - 12:16am | 0 comments
"Hundreds of American troops in Africa would be reassigned and the number of Special Operations missions on the continent would be wound down under plans submitted by a top military commander, a response to the Trump administration’s strategy to increasingly focus on threats from China and Russia."
by The Council on Foreign Relations | Wed, 08/01/2018 - 7:36pm | 0 comments
"The U.S. military is currently at war with itself, and a casualty may be a valuable Army institution that protects not only U.S. interests, but also the lives of U.S. service members."
by Stars & Stripes | Wed, 08/01/2018 - 6:19pm | 0 comments
“NATO will provide 200 personnel to train Iraq’s security forces to prevent the Islamic State from regaining a foothold in the region, a top U.S. commander said. Joint Force Command Naples will lead the training mission, approved at NATO’s July summit, and will deploy sometime after this summer to set up the expanded training program, JFC officials said.”
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Wed, 08/01/2018 - 5:45pm | 0 comments
The three Russian journalists who were killed in the Central African Republic this week had arrived in the war-torn country to investigate the reported presence there of a shadowy Russian paramilitary force whose units are said to have fought in Ukraine and Syria.
by The New York Times | Wed, 08/01/2018 - 4:28pm | 0 comments
"More than 200 Islamic State fighters and their two top commanders surrendered to the Afghan government on Wednesday to avoid capture by Taliban insurgents, after a two-day battle that was a decisive victory for the Taliban, participants on all sides confirmed."
by U.S. Army War College War Room | Wed, 08/01/2018 - 9:45am | 0 comments
"Should military institutions pursue research that is not directly tied to immediate organizational needs? The case for applied research is clear, since it seeks to solve defined problems. But what about basic research, which advances knowledge more for its own sake, often with only a vague sense of its application potential?"
by The Washington Post | Wed, 08/01/2018 - 7:17am | 0 comments
"A first possible breakthrough in the 17-year Afghan conflict came in June, when a brief cease-fire during a Muslim holiday produced a spontaneous celebration by Afghan troops, civilians and Taliban fighters. The nationwide yearning for peace became palpable."
by Institute for the Study of War | Wed, 08/01/2018 - 12:44am | 0 comments
"Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani is facing a powerful, cross-ethnic opposition bloc that could destabilize and ultimately collapse the Afghan government. The growing prospect of political instability ahead of key elections threatens U.S. objectives defined by President Donald Trump and his administration."
by The Center for a New American Security | Wed, 08/01/2018 - 12:33am | 0 comments
This paper is the second in a CNAS series dedicated to understanding how 16 years of extensive drone use have affected the dynamics of national security decision- making, based on interviews with former senior officials primarily from the Obama administration.
by The National Interest | Wed, 08/01/2018 - 12:31am | 0 comments
"The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2019, as approved in conference and passed by the House on July 26, will continue the progress begun in fiscal year 2018 in rebuilding the capacity, capabilities, and readiness of the U.S. military services."
by The Washington Post | Wed, 08/01/2018 - 12:22am | 0 comments
"Heading toward the midterm elections, President Trump is playing the politics of division more recklessly than ever. But there is a movement taking root in both parties this year that seeks to unite the country by building on the bedrock values of military service."
by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction | Tue, 07/31/2018 - 11:31am | 0 comments
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction issued its fortieth Quarterly Report on July 30, 2018. Public Law 110-181 directs SIGAR to submit a quarterly report to Congress. This congressionally mandated report summarizes SIGAR's audits and investigative activities. The report also provides an overview of reconstruction activities in Afghanistan and includes a detailed statement of all obligations, expenditures, and revenues associated with reconstruction.
by The Washington Times | Mon, 07/30/2018 - 8:51pm | 0 comments
“Stakes were high in the Cold War era. The specter of nuclear war loomed ever-present. Back then, America had the troops, the equipment and the powerful allies needed to confront Soviet expansionism on multiple fronts, while keeping lesser threats at bay. Today, the U.S. military is one-third smaller, and though it wields more advanced weaponry, it must operate in a world that holds no less danger and poses threats that are far more complex.”
by Associated Press | Mon, 07/30/2018 - 8:10pm | 0 comments
“The U.S. military in Africa has taken steps to increase the security of troops on the ground, adding armed drones and armored vehicles and taking a harder look at when American forces go out with local troops, the head of the U.S. Africa Command said Monday.”
by Reuters | Mon, 07/30/2018 - 7:47pm | 0 comments
"President Bashar al-Assad's path to a final victory in the war in Syria is strewn with diplomatic landmines that will complicate his attempt to recover 'every inch' of the country and may leave big areas out of his grasp indefinitely."
by DoD News | Mon, 07/30/2018 - 4:28pm | 0 comments
"The NATO effort will build on past NATO involvement in the country. In the past, seven personnel acted as facilitators for NATO efforts. The training mission will have about 200 personnel in the nation to push forward. A Canadian major general will be the commander in Iraq, Foggo said."
by U.S. Army TRADOC G2 Mad Scientist Initiative | Mon, 07/30/2018 - 11:01am | 0 comments
This conference partners the U.S. Army TRADOC Mad Scientist Initiative with Georgetown University's Center for Security Studies to collaborate in researching emerging learning and knowledge capabilities.
by The Washington Post | Mon, 07/30/2018 - 9:11am | 0 comments
"The April 2 airstrikes in Kunduz province’s Dasht-e Archi district targeted Taliban leaders, Afghan officials said. But the incident was messier than that. While some Taliban were there, so were children, an investigation by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan found in May. At least 36 people were killed and 71 were wounded, the investigators said. And at least 30 of the dead were children."
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:09am | 0 comments
"Earlier this year more than 3,000 Google employees signed a letter to chief executive Sundar Pichai demanding the company halt work on the Defense Department’s Project Maven, which applies algorithms to warfare. The disgruntled employees also wanted their boss to pledge “that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology.” In June the company announced it would not renew its Project Maven contract. This is incredibly shortsighted and will increase the likelihood of war and civilian deaths."
by Reuters | Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:06am | 0 comments
"Deliveries of Russian weapons to Central African Republic’s security forces this year have pushed rebel groups to bolster their own stockpiles as they consolidate control over large parts of the country, a U.N. panel of experts said on Friday."
by The Washington Post | Sun, 07/29/2018 - 7:26pm | 0 comments
"Over the past four years, thousands of young Afghan Shiite men have been drawn into the war in Syria by Iran, part of a well-financed system of recruitment, training and incentives that funnels Afghan recruits to fight for a repressive Arab government."
by The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) | Sun, 07/29/2018 - 3:46pm | 0 comments
"The word terrorism may conjure images of a train ripped apart by an explosion as innocent families lie bleeding, the destruction of a suicide bomb in a busy mall, or frightened passengers in a plane hijacking."
by The New York Times | Sat, 07/28/2018 - 5:46pm | 0 comments
"The Trump administration is urging American-backed Afghan troops to retreat from sparsely populated areas of the country, officials said, all but ensuring the Taliban will remain in control of vast stretches of the country. The approach is outlined in a previously undisclosed part of the war strategy that President Trump announced last year, according to three officials who described the documents to The New York Times."
by Center for Strategic & International Studies | Sat, 07/28/2018 - 3:32pm | 0 comments
"The next wave of unconventional warlike aggression against the United States and its allies is well-underway. Elite U.S. leadership has been warned about the strategic hazards of effective counter-U.S. gray zone resistance—especially that originating in Beijing and Moscow."
by Reuters | Sat, 07/28/2018 - 2:12pm | 0 comments
"A Syrian Kurdish group said on Saturday it had decided with the government to "chart a roadmap to a democratic and decentralized Syria", but there was no immediate confirmation from Damascus."