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As the summer heats up so do discussions concerning future war. Here are four different views of future war for your reading pleasure.

"What, in your opinion, do these people hope to gain from this war?"

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After more than a decade of land-based operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marine Corps’ new Expeditionary Force 21 doctrine is returning the service to its amphibious roots.

In a three-year-old conflict, with more than a hundred thousand estimated dead and now more rebel groups than some can count, what does $500 million buy you?

Beginning Oct. 1, AIWC’s critical tasks and responsibilities will transition to other Army organizations as resources and priorities are realigned.

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An elite American military counterterrorism unit that has been operating in the southern Philippines for more than a decade is being phased out.

CSIS has prepared three reports that illustrate current threats in stabilizing security forces; post-election challenges to reconstruction; and challenges facing governance and the economy.

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Africa is making progress towards a regional military force by the end of next year, a senior African Union official said.

The Obama administration is looking at the Sahwa, which still exist in smaller form, as a model for how to unite Sunni fighters against the rampant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Landpower has a new lead article and several other additions as well.

Republicans and Democrats each share some of the blame for the situation in Iraq. The former for the way in which the US entered the country and the latter for the way in which it left.

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Statement By Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Announcing Presidential Nominations

AUSA’s Institute of Land Warfare recently published a Land Warfare Paper titled “Special Operations Forces in Unlit Spaces: Understanding the World's Dark Spots in the Context of...

Resolution of the current military crisis in Iraq is complicated by a difficult underlying political crisis.

How Government Structure Encourages Criminal Violence: The Causes of Mexico’s Drug War by Viridiana Rios Contreras

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A special issue of Small Wars and Insurgencies on U.S. counterinsurgency features three free-to-view articles as a promotion for the rest of the issue.

“We have a real global threat. The problems in Africa are going to land on our doorstep if we’re not careful.”

"There were plenty of warnings, of course. A look at how we got here"…

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"Nigeria is studying the military tactics used by Sri Lanka to crush the rebel Tamil Tigers for its own battle against Islamist group Boko Haram."

When Is Foreign Internal Defense (FID) a Smart Policy Tool for Washington? Cato Institute, July 14, 2014, 11:00 am. Continue on for additional information.

Not All Heroes: An Unapologetic Memoir of the Vietnam War, 1971–1972. Book review by James R. Smither, Grand Valley State University.

The Iraqi soldiers tell of how they can hardly live with the shame of their rout under the onslaught of the Islamic militants.

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