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President Obama has outlined a strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). In order to defeat ISIL, we have to understand what makes them tick.

The United States has essentially been at war in Iraq for 24 straight years. It began with Operation Desert Shield on August 7, 1990, with the first American fatality occurring just five days later.

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Many crises are best addressed with the innovation and discreetness of SOF, but others require the mass that only conventional forces bring to bear.

Development of a first principle is akin to boiling down information to uncover the elemental truth that lies within.

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The US National Security apparatus should have a dedicated focus on supporting our allies by helping them to secure their vital infrastructure.

"On Wednesday, President Obama outlined his strategy for dealing with ISIS. It is a strategy set up for failure, because the means are insufficient to the desired ends."

“An independent Scotland is the potential tipping point for a new round of European disorder at a time when neither the continent nor the world can afford such activity.”

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“Sometimes the words of our leaders can have a telling impact on strategic outcomes—interpretations limit strategic and operational adaptability and effectiveness.”

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“Although the Army has dominated the battlefield technologically in the recent past, that's no guarantee against an increasingly agile, adaptive foe.”

A new documentary offers a cautionary tale about putting too much faith in technology and forgetting hard-fought lessons from the past.

What lessons can we learn from the 3rd Platoon’s experience in Afghanistan? A NR interview with Bing West.

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“We are deluding ourselves if we do not recognize the unique ways and means of American warfare...”

Russia’s utilization of troops without uniforms and perhaps “the most amazing information warfare blitzkrieg we have seen” were part of the first Russian push in Ukraine.

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The tepid response of the western powers is not just a failure of leadership; it is a failure of imagination. There are other options available to make Putin pay a price.

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After eight years working to educate soldiers on counterinsurgency, one of the Army Irregular Warfare Center’s last actions was similar to its first: Updating the field’s bedrock...

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called ISIS “as sophisticated and well funded as any group that we have seen ... beyond anything we have seen.”

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Department of Defense Directive 3000.07 - Irregular Warfare (IW) Dated August 28, 2014

"Some guidelines for journalists reporting from extremist content on social media…"

"… All but one of the commanders were killed. And thus, perhaps, was born the Israeli ethos of commanders leading from the front..."

The problem from a military strategists’ point of view, however, is that no army has ever fought it out in a city of this size…

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