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“The carnage is a direct result of Europe’s refusal to accept that terrorists must be treated differently than common criminals.”

“A Taliban splinter group says it carried out a suicide attack on a park in the Pakistani city of Lahore, which killed more than 70 people, including children.”

“Despite millions of dollars of government-sponsored research there is still nothing close to a consensus on why someone becomes a terrorist.”

Just day-dreaming on a Saturday…

“He’s retired Marine General James Mattis. He’s an extraordinary American. Yes, it’s a longshot. But he is exactly what we need.”

"When was the last time you participated in a unit leader development event that was focused on the practice of leadership?"

"The Pentagon will submit proposals to President Barack Obama for strengthening military support to Iraqi forces in the near future."

There is no doubt that we have been at war with Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. However, we have not been at war with the overwhelming majority of Muslims.

"The United States killed a top Islamic State commander in Syria who was believed to be in line to lead the terrorist group."

“The president’s muted response to the attacks is difficult to fathom.”

Michèle Flournoy has written a new report examining 70 years of U.S. national security policy and processes and making recommendations for the next President.

This Secretary of the Navy has lost the trust and confidence of the career professionals he purports to lead. Congressman Hunter is right; Mabus should go.

"On the battlefield in Iraq and Syria the Islamic State is a rapidly diminishing force."

Shall we compare the United States’ and Belgium’s apples and rocks?

Continue on for the details and for links concerning this very prestigious grant program for aspiring scholars.

"A senior Defense Department official told U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that Americans have been killed by detainees who were released from the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."

“The Iraqi military backed by US-led coalition aircraft on Thursday launched a long-awaited operation to recapture the northern city of Mosul from IS militants.”

“Peril grows even as military campaigns against the group show signs of progress.”

Obama says defeating IS his top priority, but he will not change his strategy.

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Today, we wander and dither before the faceless beast that calls itself ISIS.

“Europe is facing a security threat that’s unprecedented in its modern history, at a time when its border security and intelligence-sharing are all under severe stress.”

"U.S. officials have renewed calls to defeat Islamic State and are taking immediate protective steps against new terrorist attacks."

Continue on for a link to NYT's live coverage page.

"Defense Secretary Carter said Tuesday that the United States is working to account for all U.S. civilians and service members in Belgium after attacks there killed at least 31 people."

"At least 31 people have been killed and many seriously injured in attacks at Brussels international airport and a city metro station."

“From military.com reporter Hope Hodge Seck’s ‘All Marines to Get Unconscious Bias Training as Women Join Infantry,' March 18.”

The U.S. military has established the first all-American fire base in Iraq since the start of the war against Islamic State, a U.S. military spokesman said Monday.

"Ignorance, arrogance and incompetence by the local Provincial Reconstruction Team, Anne and her State peers surely contributed to her death, and the death of multiple soldiers."

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