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by The Atlantic and Defense One
February 18, 2017 09:58 AM | Comments (8)
“When President Obama turned the affairs of state over to President Trump on January 20th, the Islamic State was in full retreat across Iraq and Syria.”
by The Wall Street Journal
February 18, 2017 08:22 AM | Comments (2)
“The Vice President’s comments aim to reassure Europe on U.S. commitment to NATO.”
February 18, 2017 07:41 AM | Comments (0)
“The broadcaster’s purpose isn’t just to entertain, or even to inform. It’s to wage the battle of ideas.”
by SWJ Editors
February 17, 2017 06:17 PM | Comments (0)
Video and transcript of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' address at the Munich Security Conference. H/T to Real Clear World.
February 17, 2017 01:40 PM | Comments (0)
"The announcement about the finalists comes a day after retired Vice Adm. Bob Harward turned down the job."
by Breaking Defense
February 17, 2017 10:36 AM | Comments (1)
"After a decade of debate, the US Army is finally creating permanent units dedicated to advising foreign forces."
by U.S. News & World Report
February 17, 2017 09:43 AM | Comments (0)
“The intensity of the ISIS campaign has required the Pentagon to draw from its stores around the globe.”
by Army Times
February 17, 2017 06:57 AM | Comments (4)
The first of six planned security force brigades will activate in October at Fort Benning, Georgia, the Army announced on Thursday.
by USNI News
February 16, 2017 01:30 PM | Comments (0)
"Al Qaeda and the Islamic State could reconcile their differences to present a different but persistent security challenge to the United States for the foreseeable future."
by DoD News
February 16, 2017 09:31 AM | Comments (0)
Beginning with the counter-ISIS fight in Syria, British Army Maj. Gen. Rupert Jones said the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian Arab Coalition continue to pressure and isolate Raqqa.
February 16, 2017 08:11 AM | Comments (0)
“The decision to withhold information underscores deep mistrust between the U.S. intelligence community and the President.”
by The Christian Science Monitor
February 15, 2017 06:35 PM | Comments (0)
"The head of UN peacekeeping said Haiti has made so much progress that he would recommend the Security Council pull out the nearly 5,000 multinational troops and police."
by CNN News
February 15, 2017 06:16 PM | Comments (3)
“The move would significantly alter US military operations in Syria if approved and could put troops on the ground within weeks.”
by The New York Times
February 15, 2017 03:15 PM | Comments (0)
"Defense Secretary Mattis warned on Wednesday that the amount of American support for NATO could depend on whether other countries meet their own spending commitments."
by United Press International
February 15, 2017 09:04 AM | Comments (5)
“Few Americans are even aware or concerned over how long this nation has been engaged in armed conflicts over the past seven decades.”
February 15, 2017 06:52 AM | Comments (0)
“The Trump administration is in talks with Arab allies about having them form a military alliance that would share intelligence with Israel to help counter their mutual foe, Iran.”
by Gary Anderson
February 14, 2017 09:08 PM | Comments (0)
Barriers sometimes work. The much-maligned Maginot Line actually did its job. The Germans never breached it; indeed, they made no attempt to do so.
by The Foreign Policy Research Institute
February 14, 2017 01:02 PM | Comments (2)
"Conventional military dominance means that few adversaries are likely to directly challenge the U.S. with the use of force, since doing so risks complete military defeat."
by ABC News
February 14, 2017 09:44 AM | Comments (2)
Retired Navy Vice Adm. Robert Harward and former CIA Director David Petraeus are two of the potential candidates to replace Flynn.
by National Public Radio
February 14, 2017 01:14 AM | Comments (3)
Russia's operations in Afghanistan, which Nicholson said are increasing, could complicate any effort by President Trump to work more closely with Moscow on fighting terrorism.
by The Washington Post
February 13, 2017 09:39 PM | Comments (0)
“IS is devising a modified survival strategy that may involve surrendering control of its ‘caliphate’ in Iraq and Syria but seeks to preserve a virtual version of it online.”
February 13, 2017 07:03 PM | Comments (0)
“Russian military officials have vociferously denied that their airstrikes have killed civilians in Syria.”
by Federal Times
February 13, 2017 09:57 AM | Comments (1)
The United States Agency for International Development Office of Transition Initiatives is seeking people to fill some much needed and critical positions.
by Voice of America
February 13, 2017 07:49 AM | Comments (0)
Russia is hosting a conference in Moscow this week that will bring together Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, India and Iran to discuss a possible solution of the conflict in Afghanistan.
February 12, 2017 10:57 PM | Comments (0)
"These are chaotic and anxious days inside the National Security Council, the traditional center of management for a president’s dealings with an uncertain world."
by Keith Nightingale
February 12, 2017 08:22 PM | Comments (0)
An overwhelming cloak of nature. Inescapable. All pervasive. Seemingly solid but untouchable. Not the warm temperament of home. Enervating. Suppurating. No escape.
by Georgetown Security Studies Review
February 12, 2017 11:26 AM | Comments (0)
“The raid demonstrates the serious risks associated with conducting such a mission with limited on-the-ground intelligence and cooperation with Yemeni forces.”
by The Daily Beast
February 12, 2017 09:36 AM | Comments (0)
“In history, Syria has always been the corridor between sea and desert, joining Africa to Asia and Arabia to Egypt. It has been a prize-ring for its great neighbors.”
February 12, 2017 04:16 AM | Comments (0)
Russia, Pakistan and Iran are pursuing their own agendas with regard to the fragile country, complicating the fight against terrorism and extremism.
by Military Times
February 11, 2017 01:23 PM | Comments (0)
“Any plans to send additional troops to Afghanistan won't take shape before Defense Secretary Mattis meets with his European counterparts and the war's top commander.”