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Obama’s intention to end the war in Iraq led to continual downward pressure on the planned number of advisers, until it fell to a small fraction of what military planners originally hoped for.

"Depending whether you are among the winners or losers, you jeer or curse American passivity."

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President Obama said Friday the US will not send troops into Iraq to fend off a burgeoning Islamic insurgency. Continue on for a news roundup.

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While the capturing of Homs represents a major symbolic victory for Assad it also serves as another example of his incremental step-by-step approach.

What Just Happened? Looking at Bergdahl Through the Lens of Political Spin

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This comment responds to the SWJ publication of  “A Proposed Framework for Appreciating Megacities: A US Army Perspective.”

A Professional Development Opportunity: A Summer With Grant - From the Green Notebook

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The release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl highlights a fundamental difference between the war in Afghanistan and previous American conflicts.

The Outpost - Book Review and Commentary

The New FM 3-24: What Happens When the Host Nation Is the Problem?

The counterinsurgency debate must go on, but is it going anywhere?

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What lessons should we have learned from Iraq and Afghanistan?

A Kellog-Briand Pact for the 21st Century: Why the International Community Rejected the Call for a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems

"Mexico's apparent unabated rates of homicide, kidnappings and assassinations, with targets that include public figures and journalists, continue."

"The changes taking place within the wider Taliban network mean 'a wave of attacks throughout the country' should probably be expected".

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“There were some really fine foreign policy ideas being promulgated down to the tactical level. Unfortunately, no one had bothered to ask about the feasibility of implementation.”

What are the Basics? Developing for Mission Command by Donald E. Vandergriff, Law Enforcement and Security Consulting

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Until we figure this out, I'm afraid West Point will perpetuate an unacceptable gap in the space between the "scholar" and the "warrior."

Nigerians are increasingly pointing to rampant corruption and incompetence among police and military units.

“Terrorism is a tactic, it’s not a thing. They have now defined the United States as being in a global confrontation with a tactic…”

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