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by RAND Corporation | Sun, 10/07/2018 - 6:01am | 0 comments
Threats to the international order from near-peer competitors and from rogue regimes, terrorists, and the proliferation of cyber weapons and weapons of mass destruction all challenge whether the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) will be able to fulfill its mission. It is unclear whether the IC is prepared to provide decisionmakers and warfighters with the intelligence they need and expect.
by The New York Times | Sat, 10/06/2018 - 4:29pm | 0 comments
This NYT At War (@NYTimesAtWar on Twitter) article is part of a partnership between The Fuller Project for International Reporting and The New York Times Magazine.
by The New York Times | Sat, 10/06/2018 - 2:41pm | 0 comments
"A rare look at the front lines where Special Forces battle the Islamic State."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 10/06/2018 - 5:58am | 0 comments
“The May election seemed to turn out badly—but the new government is as good as it could have been.”
by The Washington Post | Sat, 10/06/2018 - 4:09am | 0 comments
Pressed flowers. Mint chocolate-chip ice cream. A first dance. A final phone call. As the United States marks 17 years of war, the families of 17 fallen service members share treasured memories.
by National Public Radio | Fri, 10/05/2018 - 1:57pm | 0 comments
In 2014, Nadia Murad, a member of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq, was taken captive by ISIS members and sexually enslaved for three months before escaping. In 2016, at the age of 23, she was named the U.N.'s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. Today, she became the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Dr. Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who treats victims of rape.
by The Washington Post, by The New York Times | Fri, 10/05/2018 - 1:35am | 1 comment
"A new crop of senior American officials in Afghanistan has been racing to contain a dual crisis on the battlefield and in a potentially explosive election dispute. But it is a different American figure — the mercenary executive Erik D. Prince — who has been the talk of Kabul these days."
by Military Times | Fri, 10/05/2018 - 1:26am | 0 comments
“Recent statements from the White House regarding a long-term presence of troops in eastern Syria to counter Iranian influence in the country should not be interpreted as a shift to a war-footing, Pentagon leadership said Thursday.”
by Parameters | Fri, 10/05/2018 - 1:23am | 1 comment
Continue on for the latest online issue of ‘Parameters’ – includes links to all the articles and sections to include book reviews.
by DoD News | Fri, 10/05/2018 - 1:20am | 0 comments
Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Iran are just a few of the hotspots the commander of U.S. Central Command spoke about this morning as he discussed the range of operations in the area during a Pentagon news conference.
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Fri, 10/05/2018 - 1:00am | 0 comments
U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser has called Iran "the central banker of international terrorism" as he laid out a wider strategy for countering Tehran in the Middle East. John Bolton told reporters on October 4 that the U.S. strategy toward Iran would use both military and nonmilitary means to push back on Iranian-backed militants, and their financial backers.
by Associated Press | Fri, 10/05/2018 - 12:57am | 0 comments
“Afghan military and police forces had higher numbers of battlefield casualties in a “difficult and bloody summer” of fighting the Taliban insurgency, the American general overseeing the war said Thursday.”
by Stars & Stripes | Fri, 10/05/2018 - 12:53am | 0 comments
"President Donald Trump on Thursday approved a new national strategy for counterterrorism to protect the country against future terrorist attacks. This is the first effort to update former President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism strategy released in 2011."
by The Heritage Foundation | Thu, 10/04/2018 - 8:11pm | 0 comments
An Assessment of U.S. Military Power – The Heritage Foundation’s annual report on the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, nuclear weapons, and missile defense.
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Thu, 10/04/2018 - 9:03am | 0 comments
"Dutch security services say they expelled four Russians over a cyber attack plot targeting the global chemical weapons watchdog. The operation by Russia's GRU military intelligence allegedly targeted the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague in April. The OPCW has been probing the chemical attack on a Russian ex-spy in the UK."
by Defense News | Thu, 10/04/2018 - 5:02am | 0 comments
“The U.S. military would be able to handle itself adequately in a single major regional conflict while maintaining smaller operations around the globe, but its “marginal” capabilities mean America would struggle if forced to take on a second major conflict at the same time, a new report has found.”
by The Washington Post | Thu, 10/04/2018 - 4:23am | 0 comments
" Democratic senator is pressing the Pentagon to explain a policy that allows the military to launch attacks to protect an array of foreign forces, a practice that critics contend adds to already inflated powers to conduct counterterrorism missions overseas."
by Military Times | Thu, 10/04/2018 - 4:11am | 0 comments
"U.S. troops and their local partner forces have surrounded what has been called the 'last pocket of ISIS resistance,' according to military officials involved in the campaign."
by Army Times | Wed, 10/03/2018 - 6:16am | 0 comments
“Twenty-five years ago, news flashed across television screens that U.S. troops had engaged in some of the most intense urban combat since Vietnam and suffered more dead and wounded in a matter of hours than recent years of operations combined.”
by Voice of America | Wed, 10/03/2018 - 6:10am | 0 comments
"Amid a decline in terror incidents worldwide in 2017, African countries struggled to prevent the expansion of terror groups in parts of the continent, according to a U.S. State Department report on terrorism."
by The National Interest | Wed, 10/03/2018 - 6:07am | 0 comments
"Ever wonder why or how the U.S. military forgets how to do counterinsurgency and stability operations? We are witnessing the process happen in real time."
by The Washington Post | Tue, 10/02/2018 - 6:04pm | 0 comments
“The rise of “super militias,” which last month triggered the worst spasm of violence in the Libyan capital Tripoli in four years, has exposed the weakness of Western efforts to stabilize Libya while creating an opening for the Islamic State to resurrect itself in North Africa.”
by The Times | Tue, 10/02/2018 - 5:29pm | 0 comments
"A 12-mile stretch of the Iraq-Syria border has become the epicentre of a battle between Iran and the United States for control of the Middle East."
by Stars & Stripes | Tue, 10/02/2018 - 2:52pm | 0 comments
"The FBI is investigating envelopes addressed to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Adm. John Richardson found to contain a substance believed to be the deadly poison ricin, a defense official said Tuesday."
by The Cove | Tue, 10/02/2018 - 5:50am | 1 comment
"Changing dynamics of violence have brought ICRC delegates closer and closer to the fighting and made their working conditions ever more dangerous. These tensions put pressure on our traditional ways of working as a neutral, independent and impartial actor."