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by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
December 9, 2016 05:16 AM | Comments (0)
This CTC report evaluates how the make-up, scale, and scope of the Iraq- and Syria-bound foreign fighter problem has changed over the last decade.
by The Washington Post
December 8, 2016 01:28 PM | Comments (0)
“Using U.S. support to El Salvador during the country’s 12-year civil war as a case study, Ladwig evaluates Washington’s two main strategies for influencing local governments....
by The Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation
December 8, 2016 12:19 PM | Comments (0)
"Ministries of foreign affairs are no longer the exclusive channel for international contacts."
by USA Today
December 8, 2016 11:59 AM | Comments (0)
“There is reason to believe that James Mattis would represent a desperately needed voice of reason in the Trump administration's national security team.”
December 8, 2016 04:05 AM | Comments (0)
"Despite making regular remarks on the campaign trail disparaging the nation’s generals, Trump has long shown an affinity for them."
by Mother Jones
December 7, 2016 06:05 PM | Comments (3)
"Hmmm. I have some doubts about this. For starters, that $125 billion is over five years. That comes to $25 billon per year."
by The New York Times
December 7, 2016 08:43 AM | Comments (0)
Continue on for a graphic NYT multi-media look at Duterte’s Philippines.
by The Wall Street Journal
December 6, 2016 03:06 PM | Comments (0)
“Mattis’s nomination to the position may effectively require 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a procedural hurdle, as well a separate vote in the House to grant him an exemption....
by SWJ Editors
December 6, 2016 10:20 AM | Comments (0)
The Autumn 2016 issue of Parameters is now online. Continue on for links to all the articles.
December 2, 2016 08:22 AM | Comments (0)
"On Thursday, at a post-election victory rally in Cincinnati, President-elect Donald Trump announced his pick for secretary of defense."
by Real Clear Defense
November 26, 2016 10:30 AM | Comments (0)
"In light of trends exposed by our recent elections, this renegotiation of America’s civil-military relationship is already underway."
by Gary Anderson
November 26, 2016 07:03 AM | Comments (1)
Evacuation, even if done properly, will be traumatic; but it will save countless lives among civilians and Iraqi security forces.
by Morgan Smiley
November 25, 2016 10:19 AM | Comments (2)
“Small Wars Journal” is known for some serious discussions about wars big and small, analysis of strategy, tactics, firefights in deserts, mountains, jungles, yadda, yadda…
by Associated Press
November 25, 2016 09:17 AM | Comments (0)
"The tilt toward military officials may reflect a limited pool of civilian options."
by RAND Corporation
November 25, 2016 08:55 AM | Comments (1)
"Since its 2008 incursion into Georgia (if not before), there has been a remarkable evolution in Russia's approach to propaganda."
by War on the Rocks
November 25, 2016 08:40 AM | Comments (0)
By Erin Simpson at War on the Rocks. SWJ disagrees, but Dr. Simpson offers up food for thought concerning the next administration.
November 24, 2016 04:17 PM | Comments (0)
"American military, intelligence and law enforcement officials acknowledge that the Islamic State still retains a sophisticated social media arm."
by The New Yorker
November 24, 2016 09:12 AM | Comments (3)
"A plucky Irish Catholic kid from Rhode Island, he wasn’t impressed by rank. He told his junior officers to challenge him in briefings."
November 24, 2016 03:49 AM | Comments (0)
“Many have suffered under the Islamic State, but the misery inflicted on Sunnis will resonate for generations.”
November 23, 2016 01:05 PM | Comments (0)
Continue on for the video.
November 23, 2016 12:54 PM | Comments (0)
“At least six former generals are being considered for as many as four top positions in a Trump administration .”
by The British Broadcasting Corporation
November 23, 2016 02:38 AM | Comments (1)
"General David Petraeus has indicated he would be willing to serve in President-elect Donald Trump's administration if asked."
by Military Times
November 23, 2016 12:48 AM | Comments (0)
"A Green Beret's plea to Donald Trump. There is cause for optimism in hearing the names of potential candidates for key positions in the executive branch."
by Joseph Tereniak
November 22, 2016 12:58 PM | Comments (0)
With tensions at an all-time high in the Middle-East, a burgeoning Russian footprint in Syria, and a stalemated diplomatic effort with Iran, Trump’s obstacles remain daunting.
November 22, 2016 06:12 AM | Comments (0)
Oldie but goodie profile of Generals Mattis, Petraeus, and Wallace by Thomas P.M. Barnett.
November 22, 2016 04:32 AM | Comments (0)
Continue on for a link to the 2007 reading list when General Mattis was Commander, United States Marine Corps Forces, Central Command, published here at SWJ.
November 22, 2016 03:20 AM | Comments (0)
"Officials investigating the slayings of three U.S. soldiers in Jordan this month say they now know how they were killed but still lack a clear explanation for why."
November 22, 2016 03:10 AM | Comments (0)
"Now that Mr. Trump is the president-elect, he is spending a great deal of his time with retired generals, and those of a particular breed."
by Foreign Policy
November 21, 2016 01:00 PM | Comments (3)
"So, if Mattis is picked, how is his tenure running the Defense Department likely to go?"
November 21, 2016 01:24 AM | Comments (0)
"The text message, which Reuters has seen, was one of many describing what was happening inside Islamic State."