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As America’s efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants extend into Syria, Iraq War III has seamlessly morphed into Greater Middle East Battlefield XIV.

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Armed irregular forces hold effective power over growing areas of Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya where central government authority barely reaches.

The Pacific may be the preferred focus of the US government, but the Middle East seems to be the preferred focus of US industry.  Perhaps there is something to the maxim “Business is war...

If the IS represents a larger insurgency against the governments in Baghdad and Damascus, then a strategy focused on airstrikes and a small non-combat advisory effort is bound to disappoint.

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Gray-zone tactics have been around since ancient times. They're incidents perpetrated by one nation against another but they can’t be defined as purely peaceful or militaristic.

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The 2014 National Intelligence Strategy - the blueprint that will drive the priorities for the nation’s 17 intelligence community components over the next four years.

Tom Ricks is on a roll...

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As a fierce battle rages between Kurds and the Islamic State, the fight has another front, aimed at U.S. Central Command headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base.

Months after staving off a trip to the boneyard, the embattled A-10 Thunderbolt II is headed to the Middle East.

Leave it to reddit to open our minds on the stark differences of our eating habits around the world.

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The 1st Infantry Division headquarters will deploy to Iraq soon as the U.S. military steps up its campaign against Islamic State militants.

Ebola is such a terrible disease that it has turned the norms of humanitarian relief operations upside down.

"Containment will not destroy ISIS; that is a task that only the people of the region can accomplish. But containment will buy time..."

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The Islamic State presents a problem to be managed, not a war to be won.

For well over a year now, the Arab Spring has struggled on life support, doomed to die with barely a whimper. Instead, it ended definitively with the bang of U.S. airstrikes in Syria.

A civilian’s perspective on our COIN efforts in Eastern Afghanistan. A just released book written for field grade military and civilian equivalents.

The number of American cities that have the presence of at least one of the seven major Mexican Drug Cartels have more than tripled since 2010...

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As the U.S. expands its war against the Islamic State, the Army is preparing to deploy a division headquarters to Iraq.

Traditionalists have long held amphibious warfare to be the defining characteristic of Marines while simultaneously displaying a strong aversion to Corps participation in irregular warfare.

"Underestimating an adversary’s will to win can be a costly mistake in war, as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper noted in an interview last week."

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Continue on for the latest online issue of the U.S. Army War College Quarterly Parameters.

"While looking at the effectiveness of a doctrine like COIN in past conflicts is instructive, it can’t be the only factor that determines how the U.S. prepares its troops for combat....