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by U.S. News & World Report
August 2, 2016 10:48 AM | Comments (0)
"In the years after the collapse of the Soviet empire, the need diminished in Ukraine and elsewhere for a state-of-the-art army following Western promises."
by Voice of America
August 2, 2016 06:01 AM | Comments (0)
IS is inciting supporters to mount more attacks on Christians just days after two of the terror group’s sympathizers slit the throat of an 85-year-old French priest as he was celebrating Mass.
by Associated Press
August 2, 2016 05:15 AM | Comments (2)
“Except for blacklisted nations like Syria and North Korea, there is little to stop governments that routinely violate basic rights from obtaining so-called ‘lawful intercept’...
by Robert Bunker
August 2, 2016 04:13 AM | Comments (0)
A Vortex Foundation and Small Wars Journal--El Centro Book.
by Korea Economic Institute’s The Peninsula
August 1, 2016 01:16 PM | Comments (0)
"It is expected that South Korea’s contribution to overseas peacekeeping missions will play a more critical role in contributing to international peace and security."
by Keith Nightingale
August 1, 2016 03:04 AM | Comments (3)
A bit of ‘with tongue in cheek’ from SWJ’s resident Godfather and official cranky old man.
by DoD News
July 31, 2016 05:12 PM | Comments (0)
Right now there is a tactical pause in Iraq, but not an operational pause, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said on background today.
by Central Intelligence Agency
July 31, 2016 03:02 PM | Comments (0)
Jane Burrell was a CIA counterintelligence officer and had served as one in all of CIA’s predecessor agencies.
by The New York Times
July 31, 2016 12:20 AM | Comments (0)
"Falluja was the first Iraqi city to fall to the Islamic State, more than two years ago, and the militant group had all that time to learn the city, sowing traps everywhere."
July 29, 2016 03:52 AM | Comments (0)
Increases in airstrikes, injuries, and a wider range of authorities are revealing a much more involved U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, despite a planned reduction.
July 28, 2016 06:06 PM | Comments (1)
"How is a military built around 12-month rotations able to retain knowledge about the local area and build relationships overseas?"
by Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
July 28, 2016 10:46 AM | Comments (0)
In May 2016, CSBA, teamed with Poland’s National Centre for Strategic Studies, led a tabletop exercise to address issue important to both countries and NATO.
July 28, 2016 10:33 AM | Comments (0)
A day after Turkey dismissed more than 2,400 military personnel, its Supreme Military Council gathered to try to put the pieces back together.
by USA Today
July 28, 2016 04:55 AM | Comments (0)
"Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, the official spokesman for the IS, has come pretty close to acknowledging that the territory controlled by the group is slipping away."
by The Brookings Institution
July 27, 2016 08:34 PM | Comments (0)
Continue on for a link and props for the new Brookings’s Focus Book - 'Bending History: Barack Obama's Foreign Policy'.
by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
July 27, 2016 10:17 AM | Comments (0)
Continue on for the issue overview and links to each article - from the Combating Terrorism Center.
by Defense News
July 27, 2016 08:47 AM | Comments (0)
“Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said she had not been briefed on any potential options or an acquisition strategy related to a new CAS aircraft, dubbed A-X.”
by SWJ Editors
July 26, 2016 07:02 PM | Comments (0)
Continue on for The White House press release (quite comprehensive) on PPD-41.
July 26, 2016 01:27 AM | Comments (1)
“A return to guerrilla warfare in Iraq, while the U.S. and its allies still combat the Islamic State in Syria, would pose one of the first major challenges to the next American president....
July 24, 2016 09:52 AM | Comments (1)
On 22 July the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction published an audit of DoD, State and USAID's over $2.6 billion investment in Afghanistan's ICT sector.
July 24, 2016 12:35 AM | Comments (0)
Dr. Paul Rexton Kan, a SWJ--El Centro fellow and professor of National Security Studies, US Army War College, has recently published the new book Drug Trafficking and International Security.
July 24, 2016 12:25 AM | Comments (0)
“Dramatic portrayals of Mexican crime kings, which began as zany B-grade movies, have evolved into wildly popular soap operas, best-selling novels and major Hollywood productions.”
July 24, 2016 12:18 AM | Comments (0)
I was born in a bar and filled many a tavern and tomb. But my Service shines since emerging from that womb.
by The National Interest
July 23, 2016 07:35 AM | Comments (2)
"CAS can sometimes be provided from heavy bombers using satellite-guided bombs, but the most effective approach often is to come after the enemy low and slow."
July 23, 2016 06:42 AM | Comments (0)
The new Joint Operating Environment is out and posted online. Continue on for links to the current and previous JOEs. Hat tip to Dave Maxwell.
by The Wall Street Journal
July 22, 2016 06:47 PM | Comments (0)
“For many of the 6,800 FARC combatants scattered across Colombia’s hinterland, a new and, in some ways, more daunting phase lies just ahead - peace.”
by We Are The Mighty
July 22, 2016 08:12 AM | Comments (0)
“The 1973 Yom Kippur War lasted only a few weeks, but its implications for air combat continue to reverberate - even helping make the case for ditching the iconic A-10 Warthog....
by Matt Yiengst
July 22, 2016 12:50 AM | Comments (1)
There is a reason to stay away from a Pentagon assignment – you may fail. The measure of success for a Pentagon assignment is not the same as a “muddy boots” assignment.
by The Washington Post
July 22, 2016 12:47 AM | Comments (0)
Kerry: “The tide has turned” in battle against IS in Iraq and Syria and that the U.S.-led coalition wants to do more against the terror group “and wants to do it faster.”
by Matthew C. Payne and Joe M. Schotzko
July 21, 2016 02:54 PM | Comments (1)
No one predicted that over half of all Army Field Artillerymen who were considered for selection to LTC in the primary zone would be passed over.