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“I can predict with high confidence that sometime soon, Pentagon priorities will change markedly.”

“Next week, President Obama flies into Riyadh. He will find an unsettling welcome. The mood has darkened since his first trip in 2009.”

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President Obama wishes to restore America’s diplomatic voice in the world.  In the Kurdish region, the silence is deafening.

“Analysts agree that Carter’s suggestions mainly picked around the edges of known issues without making major changes.”

“Ultimate success will depend on who fights the battle, who rules after the peace, and how Mosul is integrated into overall U.S. planning.”

"We must remember that in the brutality of battle another such apocalypse is always just around the corner."

"Defense Secretary Ash Carter has scrubbed a planned visit this month to Beijing amid rising tensions between the U.S. and China."

“After 15 years, billions of dollars and thousands of American casualties, U.S. efforts to rebuild Afghanistan are in a perilous state.”

"Executions in Mosul occur every few days, says Mohammed, an exercise that keeps people following IS rules publicly."

“Project Will Provide a Positive Vision for Collaboration Between DOD and Cutting-Edge Industries.”

“So-called gray zone wars are not new, but they have highlighted shortcomings in the way the West thinks about war and strategy.”

This report examines the 14-year experience of U.S. special operations forces in the Philippines from 2001 through 2014.

In general, these campaigns were moderate and mostly failed to cause substantial damage to Israel.

“In fighting terrorism, ‘building local capacity is one of the best weapons we have,’ the Secretary-General says.”

“… none of the efforts achieved the kind of self-sustaining democratizing order we wanted…”

“In this talk, Khanna asks us to embrace a new maxim for the future: ‘Connectivity is destiny.’”

“Carter’s proposals come under the aegis of reforming the 1986 Goldwater Nichols Act, which gave the Pentagon its modern structure.”

“Terrorists’ next target in Europe could be U.S. troops and Defense Department civilians working there, a panel of experts warned lawmakers Tuesday.”

My notes led to this short book on navigation in channelized terrain – using basic methods.

Our Nation in this election year is consumed by a search for the desired verities and qualities of the respective candidates each of us may wish for our next President.

“Senior U.S. military leaders, held by many Americans to be above moral reproach, are rapidly becoming indistinguishable from their political counterparts.”

"The growing scandal over cooked intelligence just got much worse. Now, analysts are saying they’re being forced out for not toeing the Obama administration’s line on the war."

"The shaky debut last week of a new unity government in Libya brings Western nations, including the United States, much closer to a renewed military mission there."

"U.S. Special Operations forces are using rifle sights that are supposed to help shooters accurately hit their targets."

“One of the most historically significant efforts to encapsulate lessons from irregular wars, or ‘small wars,’ comes from the pen of British officer C. E. Callwell.”

“A bullet found in the Jordan desert was from a pistol only Lawrence would have had.”

In the era of cyber-threats, small waves can create a tsunami.

Review of Game Changers: Going Local to Defeat Violent Extremists.

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