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Free day-long workshop on Advances in Anticipatory Intelligence on 25 March 2014 at USF, Tampa, FL. Continue on for additional information.

All branches of the military do some form of “security cooperation” work with foreign allies, but SOCOM is likely to become a “bigger planner” in this area.

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USAID officials say they plan to push through, despite the challenges.

"Can the Pentagon do the same with less? That seems to be what the White House expects."

The US needs more than an exit plan for Afghanistan. It needs a new strategy for South Asia, starting with Pakistan.

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"The episode [BG Sinclair court-martial]  offers a textbook example of justice gone awry."

Best to you on St. Patrick's Day from SWJ.

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"The reaction from Capitol Hill to the Air Force plan for retiring the ugly and beloved A-10 has been relatively muted and may remain so."

"This overwhelming military overmatch sends a clear message to America’s foes that is anything but emboldening."

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“What does an airport say about a country? More than you might think.”

“Because of asset shortfalls, we’re unable to get after 74 percent of suspected maritime drug smuggling.”

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Though America’s record of successfully leveraging whole-of-government capabilities is mixed, successful persistent engagement is impossible without it. 

The discussion of the implications of the emphasis on small footprint for U.S. foreign policy, and for the U.S. military, has only just begun.

How to declare war without declaring war.

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A full American military drawdown after the end of the year would allow the terrorist group to regenerate in Afghanistan.

Global demand drains readiness even as U.S. wars wind down.

No phrase will draw a nervous sideways glance quicker than "Death by PowerPoint."

We’re in the middle of a remarkable shift in how Americans see the world and their own country’s role in the world.

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More than 1,300 people have died in the past two months as an insurgent Islamist group, Boko Haram, wages a rebellion.

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Street Gangs in Central America: Combating Them With Intelligence Fusion Centers by Thomas Bruneau, E-International Relations

A deteriorating situation in Venezuela, foreign troops in Crimea, warring tribes in Africa, or a deteriorating situation in Pakistan, the use of US military power is often the worst response.