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by USNI News | Mon, 07/23/2018 - 5:17am | 0 comments
"Despite better cooperation between the Pakistani and Afghan military in taking on the Taliban and its allies, Islamabad needs to press the Taliban harder to come to the negotiating table, the commander of U.S. Central Command said on Thursday."
by Voice of America | Sun, 07/22/2018 - 12:11am | 0 comments
The Afghan government is mulling over whether to announce another cease-fire with the Taliban during next month’s Eid holiday, a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Saturday.
by Army Times | Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:34pm | 0 comments
Army senior leaders have made it clear that the Army will begin preparing for operations in dense urban areas. The chief of staff of the Army, Gen. Mark Milley, has said, "In the future, I can say with very high degrees of confidence, the American Army is probably going to be fighting in urban areas,” and with readiness as his number one priority, Milley believes the Army “need[s] to man, organize, train and equip the force for operations in urban areas, highly dense urban areas."
by The New York Times | Fri, 07/20/2018 - 9:45pm | 1 comment
"A Pentagon investigation into the death of an American soldier in Afghanistan is looking at whether an Army brigade that is at the center of the Trump administration’s new war strategy had followed proper security procedures designed to protect United States troops from insider attacks by Afghan forces they train."
by Associated Press | Fri, 07/20/2018 - 12:57am | 0 comments
“The general overseeing U.S. military operations in Afghanistan said Thursday he is taking a fresh look at the war strategy President Donald Trump announced nearly a year ago. Gen. Joseph Votel said his assessment is designed to consider adjustments that could improve prospects for achieving the goal of Afghan government peace negotiations with the Taliban”
by DoD News | Thu, 07/19/2018 - 2:45pm | 0 comments
While the fighting continues and work remains to be done in Afghanistan, progress there shows the president’s South Asia Strategy is working, the commander of U.S. Central Command told Pentagon reporters today.
by The Washington Post | Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:14pm | 0 comments
“America’s ‘violence management’ strategy relies on light ground forces, airpower and loose partnerships with local armed actors. Its aim is to degrade and disrupt militant organizations within a chaotic, fractured political landscape, not to commit large numbers of forces and resources to building robust new governments.”
by The Washington Post | Tue, 07/03/2018 - 7:51pm | 0 comments
"Syrian rebels said Tuesday that they are taking part in a new round of surrender talks in the country’s southwest after an escalating military campaign displaced more than a quarter of a million people in just two weeks."
by DoD News | Tue, 07/03/2018 - 4:33pm | 0 comments
Covering events from Dec. 1 to May 31, the report was submitted in accordance with requirements in Section 1225 of the Fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act as amended by Sections 1231 and 1531 of the fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2017 NDAAs.
by The Modern War Institute | Tue, 07/03/2018 - 4:17pm | 0 comments
"How can the US military harness the power of tactical economics as a tool to consolidate gains? Updated doctrine, improved leader education, and stronger relationships with civilian researchers would provide a starting point, but there is no one right answer for employing tactical economics effectively across varied operating environment."
by The Modern War Institute | Mon, 07/02/2018 - 7:12am | 0 comments
"Both international and US law take as a basic premise the notion that it is possible, important, and reasonably straightforward to distinguish between war and peace, emergencies and normality, foreign and domestic, public and private, and so on."
by Politico | Mon, 07/02/2018 - 6:44am | 0 comments
"American special operations teams are playing a more direct role in military actions against suspected terrorists in Africa than the Pentagon has publicly acknowledged, planning and participating in combat raids by African troops in multiple countries including Somalia, Kenya, Tunisia and Niger, under a set of classified programs."
by The Times | Mon, 07/02/2018 - 6:24am | 0 comments
"Hundreds of Taliban fighters are receiving advanced training from special forces at military academies in Iran as part of a significant escalation of support for the insurgents, Taliban and Afghan officials have told The Times."
by Lawfare | Sun, 07/01/2018 - 4:04pm | 0 comments
"The definitive work on emerging technology and insurgency has yet be written, but two recent books offer suggestions for how the era of big data and AI will affect the United States’ modern conflicts."
by The Washington Post | Sun, 07/01/2018 - 12:32pm | 0 comments
"Members of the Army’s new 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade had traveled by mine-resistant vehicle to meet with Afghan forces on the southwestern outskirts of the country’s capital. In the face of repeated attacks, Afghan officials last year installed a hulking, door-frame-shaped scanner to search for bombs in passing trucks. But U.S. soldiers arrived to find the scanner broken and a line of frustrated truckers waiting with dozens of vehicles."
by Stars & Stripes | Sat, 06/30/2018 - 11:56am | 0 comments
“U.S. forces in Afghanistan conducted more than 20 airstrikes against the Taliban on Saturday after an unprecedented unilateral cease-fire ended. The strikes took place in Ghazni, Helmand and Uruzgan provinces.”
by Voice of America | Sat, 06/30/2018 - 9:40am | 0 comments
"Afghan President Ashraf Ghani allowed national security forces Saturday to resume counterinsurgency operations, marking the end of an 18-day cease-fire with the Taliban. The government had unilaterally halted anti-Taliban operations in the country for a week, beginning two days before the June 15 annual Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr."
by The Modern War Institute | Sat, 06/30/2018 - 12:51am | 0 comments
"Many questions remain. Is it, in fact, a given, that US forces will find themselves fighting in dense urban terrain? Are current tactics, techniques, and procedures already sufficient to fight and win on city streets? Does technological innovation hold the key to solving military problems in urban areas? If so, what technologies will dominate?"
by The New York Times | Sat, 06/30/2018 - 12:21am | 0 comments
"A Syrian government assault on one of the country’s last two rebel-held territories has driven 160,000 people from their homes across southwestern Syria, violating a United States-backed cease-fire and threatening to entangle Israel and Jordan in the conflict."
by Voice of America | Fri, 06/29/2018 - 10:09pm | 0 comments
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are working closely with the Iraqi army to prevent Islamic State militants from returning to a key Syrian town on the border with Iraq, an SDF commander told VOA.
by Just Security | Fri, 06/29/2018 - 3:13pm | 0 comments
"U.S. global leadership and action has been a driving force behind many of the counterterrorism successes since 9/11. That kind of robust engagement is needed more than ever to consolidate these gains and prevent the re-emergence and spread of the Islamic State and other terrorist groups."
by The New York Times | Fri, 06/29/2018 - 2:40am | 0 comments
"Bloggers borrowed a page from the playbook of Russia’s so-called hybrid warfare, which American officials say increasingly combines the ability to manipulate events using a mix of subterfuge, cyberattacks and information warfare with conventional military might."
by Lawfare | Fri, 06/29/2018 - 12:16am | 0 comments
“A common assumption, repeated frequently by diplomats, journalists, analysts, and even the U.S. Congressional Research Service, is that the war began on March 26, 2015, when Saudi Arabia launched its air campaign, Operation Decisive Storm, which became the first stage of a larger military intervention. But that is simply not true.”
by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 06/28/2018 - 2:04pm | 0 comments
"The most brilliant tactical formation devised by any team in the last half-century isn’t football’s Packer sweep, basketball’s triangle offense or anything else relating to sports. It’s the rifle squads of the United States Marine Corps."
by SWJ Editors | Thu, 06/28/2018 - 1:00am | 0 comments
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