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"President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the Pentagon hasn’t always been in sync with the tight messaging of the White House."

President Obama has settled on Ashton B. Carter to be the next defense secretary.

Our soldiers, diplomats and aid workers have paid a high cost. We should make sure that their lives have not been lost in vain.

Wanted: Thick-skinned candidate to oversee a sprawling bureaucracy bitten by budget cuts and join a national security team besieged by criticism.

"We must undo the excessive bureaucracy that has hobbled our ability to conduct effective night raids."

"America risks shoveling more troops into Iraq to replicate a strategy that never worked in the first place."

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What Kind of Pentagon Chief Does Obama Need? New York Times 'Room for Debate' (Four Op-Eds).

Sopko is concerned the Afghans don't know how to operate or maintain the aircraft and sending them to the country is futile.

2015 Global Forecast by Center for Strategic & International Studies

On Sept. 30, the U.S. Army unceremoniously stood up a new headquarters—the 1st Special Forces Command—at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Less than a decade ago, counterinsurgency doctrine (COIN, to aficionados) was the hottest thing going in military intellectual circles.

After a decade of counterinsurgency, the Army is trying to retrain the force to fight other types of conflicts.

Thanksgiving 2014.

For many, the nagging doubts and frustrations over the waste of time, money, resources, and lives readily come back to haunt.

An attack aircraft that the Pentagon is trying to get rid of has been deployed to the Middle East to take on the Islamic State.

Here are some facts about the holiday that you may not have known.

The Human Dimension White Paper has continued a much needed discussion about how the military should respond to its experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stability: International Journal of Security and Development Special Collection

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Michèle Flournoy, the most widely rumored candidate to replace Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense, has taken herself out of the running for the job.

The 2014 Foreign Policy Initiative Forum, Wednesday, 3 December, The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

The saying "the buck stops here" derives from the slang expression "pass the buck" which means passing the responsibility on to someone else.

The fine gents at WarCouncil.org have released the Cliff Notes of Strategy in their “WarCouncil.org 300 Word Strategic Education”. It is excellent.

The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagel’s resignation in a Rose Garden appearance on Monday, made the decision to ask his defense secretary to step down last Friday.

Small Wars Journal El Centro Senior Fellow Dr. Robert Bunker Wins The Elihu Root Prize.

“American attention to the Middle East is disproportionate compared to the Middle East’s strategic impact."

Continue on for information on Atlantic Council's Art of Future Warfare Project...

"Our political and military leaders ought to go back to the origins of special warfare and learn what needs to be done to keep the 'special' in special operations."

"The DoD has reached a decision point; it is undergoing a paradigm shift, deciding what its capabilities will be in the aftermath of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."