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by The Daily Beast
September 28, 2015 06:58 AM | Comments (0)
“Obama officials acknowledge that 1,000 foreign fighters a month are still traveling to Iraq and Syria—and more than 50 percent of U.S. recruits are under the age of 25.”
by The American Interest
September 28, 2015 05:54 AM | Comments (1)
“On misreading On War… Its three elements are not the people, the army and the government, but hate, chance and reason.”
by The New York Times
September 27, 2015 06:12 PM | Comments (0)
"The Iraqi military said in a statement that the new agreement was necessary because thousands of volunteers who have joined the Islamic State have come from Russia."
by Voice of America
September 27, 2015 02:56 PM | Comments (0)
"Some analysts aren't buying Russia’s explanation and cite a variety of reasons why they believe Russia is in Syria for the long haul."
by SWJ Editors
September 27, 2015 09:28 AM | Comments (0)
Comprehensive coverage 24/7.
September 27, 2015 04:51 AM | Comments (0)
"A senior State Department official said Saturday that the U.S. was concerned about the Islamic State group’s efforts to try to establish a stronghold in Afghanistan."
by Associated Press
September 26, 2015 06:45 PM | Comments (0)
"Suicide bombings, improvised explosive devices and combatants with little regard for the rules of war are making the work of UN peacekeepers look like counterterrorism operations."
September 26, 2015 01:33 PM | Comments (0)
“The outgoing Joint Chiefs chairman bids farewell to an alliance beset by crises.”
September 26, 2015 05:36 AM | Comments (0)
Continue on for one perspective on sleep numbers.
September 26, 2015 04:12 AM | Comments (0)
"A State Department official says there has been a 'sharp decline' in the volume of Islamic State messages on social media in the last few months."
by The Atlantic
September 25, 2015 07:07 PM | Comments (0)
"Saudi Arabia, of course, is a world champion of human-rights abuse. Freedom, in all of its manifestations, is absent from the country."
by The Washington Post and The San Diego Union-Tribune
September 25, 2015 12:44 PM | Comments (0)
Links to two articles and the leaked CMC Memo.
by Congressional Research Service
September 25, 2015 10:52 AM | Comments (0)
Congressional Research Service Insight Brief via the U.S. Naval Institute.
by The Washington Post
September 25, 2015 12:24 AM | Comments (0)
"A sophisticated farm-to-arm supply chain is fueling America’s surging heroin appetite, causing heroin to surpass cocaine and meth to become the nation’s No. 1 drug threat."
by Best Defense
September 24, 2015 10:15 AM | Comments (1)
Continue on for a link to this excellent Best Defense essay. A must read - and we don't say say that very often.
September 24, 2015 12:21 AM | Comments (0)
"Hooker is the leader of a group of analysts accusing commanders of changing intelligence reports to paint an overly optimistic portrait of the American bombing campaign against the IS."
September 23, 2015 11:59 PM | Comments (0)
"Colombia's president and FARC rebels reached a major breakthrough late Wednesday in the effort to end more than 50 years of bloodshed."
September 23, 2015 11:42 AM | Comments (3)
"Afghanistan's government says it has undertaken 'serious measures' to enforce the law and prevent sexual abuse committed by local police commanders against children."
by Association of the United States Army
September 23, 2015 08:30 AM | Comments (1)
"Whether the primary mission is combat, humanitarian assistance, counterinsurgency or other, Soldiers and leaders need a robust and varied set of capabilities, especially mission command."
September 23, 2015 12:22 AM | Comments (1)
"While the Obama administration haggles over Syria strategy, a Kurdish militia that claims more than 25,000 fighters is poised several dozen miles north of the IS capital."
by DoD News
September 22, 2015 11:06 PM | Comments (1)
Dempsey Discusses Unsettled, Unpredictable World Situation and Dempsey Talks Caution, Whole-of-Government Approach.
September 22, 2015 07:00 AM | Comments (7)
"I have personally spoken with President Ghani on this issue and he made it clear to me that the Afghan government will not tolerate the abuse of its children."
by National Defense University Press
September 22, 2015 12:25 AM | Comments (1)
Continue on for "Lessons Encountered: Learning From the Long War", a National Defense University Press online book.
September 21, 2015 06:51 AM | Comments (196)
"In what surely is the most cringe-worthy excuse offered by a commander-in-chief, President Obama complained that his critics - whom he routinely ignored and scorned - forced him to make a...
September 21, 2015 01:27 AM | Comments (0)
"Rebels who have inflicted big losses on Syrian President Assad say Russia's intervention in support of its ally will only lead to an escalation of the war."
September 20, 2015 03:58 PM | Comments (0)
"Al-Qaeda’s strategy is better positioned for the long term, though IS’s emergence has placed significant pressures on al-Qaeda’s network."
September 20, 2015 02:03 PM | Comments (5)
"Soldiers and Marines have been increasingly troubled that instead of weeding out pedophiles, the American military was arming them and placing them as the commanders of villages."
September 20, 2015 01:30 AM | Comments (1)
"Bergdahl left his outpost in the middle of the night intending to run 20 miles to another base, hoping to tell a commander there about leadership problems in his platoon."
September 20, 2015 12:51 AM | Comments (0)
"Attacking the motives of Marine officials was out of line, opening the secretary up to charges that his decisions are being shaped by politics."
September 19, 2015 09:06 AM | Comments (0)
This announcement is on behalf of the Special Operations Research Association. Continue on for details.