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The tepid response of the western powers is not just a failure of leadership; it is a failure of imagination. There are other options available to make Putin pay a price.

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After eight years working to educate soldiers on counterinsurgency, one of the Army Irregular Warfare Center’s last actions was similar to its first: Updating the field’s bedrock...

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called ISIS “as sophisticated and well funded as any group that we have seen ... beyond anything we have seen.”

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Department of Defense Directive 3000.07 - Irregular Warfare (IW) Dated August 28, 2014

"Some guidelines for journalists reporting from extremist content on social media…"

"… All but one of the commanders were killed. And thus, perhaps, was born the Israeli ethos of commanders leading from the front..."

The problem from a military strategists’ point of view, however, is that no army has ever fought it out in a city of this size…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China will spur military innovation and called on the army to create a new strategy for "information warfare"...

Choosing “exit” or “voice” has relevance for those of us who are passionate about being a member of the profession of arms.

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It’s "a time when our unique talents as special operators are in the greatest demand. A time when the nation recognizes the strategic value of our services..."

"The United States does not have good or quick options in dealing with the Islamic State..."

Resumption of limited military campaigns in Iraq has raised concerns that well-intentioned efforts to avert catastrophic military defeats and a humanitarian crisis may lead to mission creep.

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"... officials and experts say, it is "ambiguous warfare" that is focusing minds within NATO..."

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"As fighters for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria continue to seize territory, the group has quietly built an effective management structure..."

"... this hybrid war features an aggressor whose moves are shrouded in ­deception…"

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"We’re caught in a revenge cycle with a death cult, and it’s redefining modern warfare."

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“Despite the President’s warnings at West Point that we must not “rush into military adventures without thinking through the consequences.”

Simply put, he's the man who's going to save Iraq from the orgy of violence that is playing itself out in much of the country. Or at least he's going to try.

... Russia is resorting to a hybrid war, with snap exercises, secret commandos and smuggled missiles.