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by The Council on Foreign Relations
February 9, 2017 11:14 PM | Comments (1)
During today’s hearing, SASC Chairman McCain asked Nicholson outright, “In your assessment, are we winning or losing?” Nicholson replied, “We’re in a stalemate.”
February 9, 2017 09:08 PM | Comments (0)
“Underneath the drama and chaos of the Donald Trump White House a cadre of deeply serious, tested military intellectuals at the NSC is shaping Trump's Middle East policies.”
by DoD News
February 9, 2017 03:07 PM | Comments (0)
"The enemy is completely surrounded in West Mosul, and those who do not surrender to the Iraqi security forces will be killed there."
by Defense One
February 9, 2017 12:41 PM | Comments (1)
“The commander of U.S. forces there lays the first major war decision on Donald Trump’s desk.”
by Bloomberg News
February 9, 2017 10:48 AM | Comments (0)
“The ‘tortoise-like’ Colombian army is losing its grip on a key cocaine zone and the cartels are offering former FARC rebels $600 per month to enlist.”
by The Washington Post
February 8, 2017 10:46 PM | Comments (0)
“The retired general’s most visible role has been of a different sort: soothing Americans and allies unnerved by the president and some of his top advisers.”
by Ehsan M. Ahrari
February 8, 2017 09:11 PM | Comments (0)
The election of Donald Trump as president has made America’s fight against ISIS increasingly difficult.
by Marine Corps Gazette
February 8, 2017 11:14 AM | Comments (0)
Objective analysis of US military effectiveness in Afghanistan and Iraq can only conclude that we were unable to translate tactical victory into operational and strategic success.
by Voice of America
February 8, 2017 09:28 AM | Comments (0)
A study based on dozens of interviews with Taliban insiders suggests exploiting fractures within the group’s rank and file.
by Keith Nightingale
February 8, 2017 01:16 AM | Comments (0)
The sudden rush of dark-like thunder. Surprise of silence. Instant cathedral for the mind. Breathing echoes. Fear wells. Faith in numbers.
by The New York Times
February 7, 2017 11:06 PM | Comments (0)
"Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions against suspected terrorist groups in the country."
February 7, 2017 09:07 PM | Comments (1)
"The NSC usually tries to act as an “honest broker” among Cabinet agencies. But how will it function under a headstrong president who sees his role as disruptor-in-chief?"
February 7, 2017 06:12 PM | Comments (4)
The President has turned to his generals for a military strategy, and signed an EO instructing his Cabinet and the JCS to come up with a plan within 30 days - one that can be implemented...
by Georgetown Security Studies Review
February 7, 2017 01:06 PM | Comments (2)
Terrorism and counterterrorism issues discussed in a seminal conference co-hosted by Georgetown University and the University of St Andrews-Scotland.
February 7, 2017 05:11 AM | Comments (0)
“Officials at the DoS’ Global Engagement Center say they’re the first to tap into personal information to discourage individual users from joining the IS.”
by The Daily Beast
February 6, 2017 02:48 PM | Comments (0)
“As the U.S. turns inward, the International Committee of the Red Cross makes the cases for funding front line aid in Syria and Iraq.”
by National Defense University Press
February 6, 2017 06:12 AM | Comments (1)
This article summarizes a new approach to COG analysis as well as elaborating its origins and the influences on its development.
by Military Times
February 5, 2017 09:29 AM | Comments (2)
"The American military has failed to publicly disclose potentially thousands of lethal airstrikes conducted over several years in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan."
by The European Journal of International Security
February 5, 2017 01:14 AM | Comments (1)
"Carl von Clausewitz was both an avid analyst of small wars and people’s war and, during the wars of liberation, a practitioner of small war."
February 5, 2017 01:09 AM | Comments (0)
“The conundrum facing Pakistani officials today as they scramble to forestall punitive actions by the Trump administration.”
by The Wall Street Journal
February 4, 2017 07:41 PM | Comments (0)
“North Atlantic Treaty Organization steps up role in fight against Islamic State.”
February 4, 2017 12:48 PM | Comments (0)
“While a reliance on local amateurs has allowed the IS to announce that it can stage terrorism around the world, it has also led to many failed attacks.”
by The Atlantic
February 4, 2017 11:55 AM | Comments (7)
“America cannot punish its elected officials for allowing its military, diplomatic corps, and intelligence services to take risks necessary to pursue its interests.”
by Associated Press
February 4, 2017 07:07 AM | Comments (0)
“Haley, in her first week as U.S. ambassador, has made reform of the United Nations' far-flung peacekeeping operations a top priority, diplomats said.”
February 4, 2017 05:13 AM | Comments (5)
“Video billed as newly captured intelligence turns out to be years old.”
by Georgetown University Center for Security Studies
February 3, 2017 08:39 AM | Comments (0)
Video by the Georgetown University Center for Security Studies. Panel discussions - Panel 1: What Next? Global Trends and Threats
February 2, 2017 09:44 PM | Comments (0)
DoD officials have welcomed a decision from the U.S. government to allow Iraqi translators and interpreters with special documentation to travel to the United States.
by The Hill
February 2, 2017 07:51 PM | Comments (0)
"For any military official to blame Trump for the raid’s technical and operational problems is as unacceptable as it is factually untrue."
February 2, 2017 01:45 PM | Comments (0)
“‘They provided the information, but we found huge gaps in it,’ said a senior Trump administration official who reviewed the document. ‘It was poor staff work.’”
by Defense News
February 2, 2017 11:29 AM | Comments (1)
“General Petraeus warned lawmakers the weakening of NATO and the EU plays into the hands of Russian President Putin’s attempts to undermine liberal democracies.”