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This work is our fifth Small Wars Journal--El Centro anthology, covering writings first published in 2015.

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Dr. Sean McFate discusses the future of warfare, what it might look like, and why.

The long-anticipated campaign to reclaim Mosul from the Islamic State began Monday. It is the largest military operation in Iraq since U.S. forces left five years ago.

"But hope, as the old military saw goes, is not a plan."

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The U.S. military said Thursday it struck three radar sites in Yemen in response to missile launches from territory controlled by Houthi rebels that targeted a U.S. Navy destroyer.

"The vaunted propaganda operations of the Islamic State, which helped lure more than 30,000 foreign fighters to Syria and Iraq, have dropped off drastically."

"The terror state would survive the loss of Mosul, but not the fall of Raqqa."

"A Critical Exploration of America’s Role as the Policeman in a Globalized World"

"One strain of thought holds that America has a mission to champion democracy and human rights, granting it a unique role in the world, along with special powers and obligations."

The visit to Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand, the largest Afghan province, came after overnight battlefield advances brought the insurgents extremely close to the city.

Should Aleppo fall, the options for a military solution will require significantly higher levels of risk and a political solution will rely on terms dictated by Moscow and Tehran.

"It may be no small irony that Obama’s peripatetic secretary of state will travel next week to Rwanda, where up to a million people were killed in a three-month ethnic genocide."

A discussion of the changing character of war at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2016 Annual Meeting.

SIGAR letter to DOD regarding continued reports of absentee or non-existent Afghan National Defense and Security Force personnel, or "ghost" soldiers.

"Booz Allen, a consulting firm that earns billions by working for American intelligence agencies, has been called the world’s most profitable spy organization."

"The U.N.’s next secretary-general, António Guterres, says that persecuted Christians shouldn’t be resettled in the West."

"Who is this alluring, conflicted and mysterious woman? If you have been paying attention to the news you might know her by her most common name – la Santa Muerte, Saint Death."

Killing is easy. Living with it later is far harder.

Officials of the U.S.-led coalition assisting Iraq say up to 45,000 troops will be needed to keep Mosul secure after it is recaptured.

"Sometimes it feels as if we are back to square one, that there is nothing to show for it."

"The military and the academy need each other, at least when it comes to enhancing our understanding of war."

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"The bloggers—four of them—will be part of a professional development forum talking about the value of blogs, social media and the internet in providing lessons in leadership."

Today, SIGAR's Lessons Learned Program released a conference report entitled "Lessons From the Coalition."

"At first glance, unconventional warfare appears to provide the ideal solution to many of the problems the administration faced with prolonged occupation and counterinsurgency campaigns."

"An effort to fight corruption by monitoring the financial assets of top Afghan officials, underwritten by the US, has been a near-total failure, according to American auditors."

"There are five counterterrorism approaches that have worked well over the past two decades. The next administration should embrace them, while adapting policy to new conditions."