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"The new number is almost certainly too low to be effective. Like all of the President’s previous manpower totals, it is not explained and exploits news media."

"An unnamed senior administration official said the president will maintain the current number of troops in the war-torn country at 9,800 through most of 2016."

“Two weeks of air and missile strikes in Syria have given the West a deeper appreciation of the transformation that Russia’s military has undergone under Putin.”

“A role, still, for big armies. Ground forces can do what drones and air strikes cannot. Study a direct challenge to policy makers.”

Though over 6,000 miles away and safely back in the U.S., I have been hearing cries from Kunduz. Suddenly, these voices have stopped.

The basis of this book is my initial introduction into combat in Vietnam as a 1st Lieutenant with the Vietnamese Ranger infantry.

"Fighting intensified around Ghazni on Monday, as Taliban militants threatened to seize a second provincial capital after briefly occupying Kunduz."

"Our allies will continue to lose confidence in our role as a global leader. Potential adversaries will see weakness."

Unification of Korea is the only acceptable outcome on the Korean Peninsula. It is the only condition that will solve three of the most intractable problems in Northeast Asia.

“If its role in fomenting conflict in eastern Ukraine is a guide, Russia has some new tricks in store for Syrian rebels and their allies.”

"The United States seemed to be caught flat-footed by the barrage of airstrikes that Moscow launched last week."

September ambushes me every year. Life rushes by, and then I realize it’s another September,  and another difficult anniversary. I look down at the band on my wrist, the scuffed...

Some days Special Operations missions in international hotspots end in success and accolades, as when SEAL Team Six took out Osama bin Laden. These are the missions that tend to be...

Peter W. Singer and August Cole want you to know their book, Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, is a work of fiction, not prediction.  Let’s hope they’re right.  

"The American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State has begun preparing to open a major front in northeastern Syria."

"The American commander in Afghanistan responded publicly to the mounting criticism over the American airstrike that destroyed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the city of Kunduz."

“Islamic State’s creed embodies evil in the name of a sacred cause. To defeat it, we must recover the values that can bring Jews, Christians and Muslims together.”

"... a tempting dream, but it represents the same wishful thinking that got us here in the first place. How did we get here? It’s worth recalling, briefly, a bit of history."

"House and Senate conferees finally agreed to move forward with an annual defense bill, with a lower than expected pay raise and significant changes to military pay and benefits."

"Only 5 percent of Russia's airstrikes in Syria have targeted IS extremists, Britain's defense chief said, as Moscow's four-day-old aerial bombing campaign continues despite...

“Supporters of the Warthogs, especially Rep. McSally, R-Ariz., said there are no good replacements for now and phasing it out could risk U.S. security and lives on the battlefield.”

Shrinking defense budgets in the face of continuing, even growing, threats will require new ways of addressing the need to protect mutual interests.

"Rebel groups are gearing up for a longer, bloodier battle to oust Syrian President Assad because of Russian airstrikes that they say have been designed to drive them back."

"The 48-page report is critical in its observations of the day-to-day workings of Operation Inherent Resolve’s Iraqi train and assist program."

“I think the question now remains, is the Russian intervention primarily there to support Assad or primarily there to target IS.”

"The Islamic State‘s sophisticated propaganda portrays its occupied territory as a 'paradise.' But interviews suggest a far more grim reality."

“Defining the Gray Zone” is a U.S. Special Operations Command White Paper dated 9 September 2015. Continue on for a link and several comments / recommendations.

"The Navy’s operations, on which the sun never sets, are the nation’s nerve endings, connecting it with the turbulent world."

"Analysts and lawmakers differ as to whether Obama’s policies, in Syria and in other volatile areas of the world, are diluting the image of American power and credibility."

"The U.S. said it would continue to lead coalition airstrikes against IS targets in Syria, ignoring Russia's request for U.S. aircraft to avoid Syrian airspace."