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by SWJ Editors
December 26, 2015 08:04 PM | Comments (0)
SWJ Fire Team in Wedge Formation
by The New York Times
December 26, 2015 02:58 PM | Comments (0)
"Unlike so many abuses against Afghan women that unfold in private, this killing in March prompted a national outcry."
by The Washington Post
December 26, 2015 02:31 PM | Comments (0)
"The IS released a new message purportedly from its reclusive leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, claiming that his self-styled 'caliphate' is doing well."
by Voice of America
December 26, 2015 08:08 AM | Comments (0)
"One major problem, according to current and former intelligence and military officials, is that U.S. policy has simply not adjusted to the complex realities on the ground."
by DoD News
December 25, 2015 09:16 AM | Comments (0)
"Over the history of the U.S., several big military actions have taken place on Dec. 25. Here are four noteworthy ones."
December 25, 2015 02:04 AM | Comments (2)
"Washington’s reluctance to risk civilian casualties in the U.S.-led air campaign against the Islamic State terror group is again being questioned."
December 24, 2015 12:43 PM | Comments (0)
"We join with people around the world in praying for God’s protection for persecuted Christians and those of other faiths."
December 24, 2015 12:26 PM | Comments (1)
Merry Christmas from SWJ to you and yours.
by The Washington Institute
December 24, 2015 10:44 AM | Comments (0)
“Working alongside Russian forces will likely enhance the group's ongoing shift toward a more offensive-minded strategy.”
by Agence France-Presse
December 23, 2015 04:53 PM | Comments (0)
"Russia is exchanging information with the Taliban and sees shared interest with the insurgents when it comes to counteracting the spread of the Islamic State."
December 23, 2015 03:48 PM | Comments (1)
Continue on for the Mad Scientist Call for Papers.
December 23, 2015 03:41 PM | Comments (0)
Continue on for the Mad Scientist Conference: Megacities and Dense Urban Areas Information Paper.
by The British Broadcasting Corporation
December 23, 2015 11:05 AM | Comments (0)
"A switch in tactics has provided the Iraqi Security Forces with some victories in their battle against the so-called Islamic State, notably in Ramadi, says the US military."
by Center for Strategic & International Studies
December 22, 2015 06:21 PM | Comments (3)
"It has now been almost exactly a year since U.S. and ISAF combat forces formally left Afghanistan. So far, the Afghan government and Afghan forces are losing at every level."
by The Council on Foreign Relations
December 22, 2015 11:13 AM | Comments (0)
"The Preventive Priorities Survey seeks to evaluate conflicts based on their likelihood of occurring or escalating and their impact on U.S. national interests."
by National Review
December 22, 2015 10:55 AM | Comments (2)
If the United States goes back to the Middle East in force, how will it do so? Certainly no one hears any thoughts on the subject from the active military.
December 22, 2015 04:09 AM | Comments (0)
"A Taliban attack killed six U.S. service members near Kabul on Monday, U.S. officials said, in the latest sign of deepening violence across Afghanistan."
December 22, 2015 03:04 AM | Comments (0)
"Recent deserters have told researchers they fled the self-proclaimed Islamic State group because of a mismatch between the words and deeds of the extremist group."
December 19, 2015 04:23 PM | Comments (7)
"IS militants are not as capable as some criminal networks or rival nations, but IS has more capabilities than any other terrorist organization... And they can gain more."
December 19, 2015 09:17 AM | Comments (0)
"Why have tens of thousands of people from around the world chosen to live under the Islamic State’s draconian rule and fight under its black flag?"
December 18, 2015 04:32 PM | Comments (1)
"The war in Afghanistan has always been a collection of tiny wars fought from tiny outposts that have their own heroes and villains, pitched battles and murky outcomes."
December 18, 2015 05:33 AM | Comments (0)
"The mission was always devilishly complex: a combination of guerrilla warfare, social outreach, military training and institution-building in a forbidding and often hostile land."
December 18, 2015 04:18 AM | Comments (1)
"Sending significant ground forces back to the Middle East could conceivably result in the deaths of 100 American soldiers every month."
by The Center for a New American Security
December 17, 2015 02:08 PM | Comments (0)
Shawn Brimley argues that the U.S. military edge, particularly in regards to technology, is rapidly eroding. Brimley makes recommendations for how to rebuild America’s military advantage.
by The Strategic Studies Institute
December 17, 2015 01:31 PM | Comments (0)
Continue on for the latest Strategic Studies Institute research and analysis papers.
by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
December 17, 2015 11:15 AM | Comments (0)
"A report that examines trends related to the kidnapping of Westerners by jihadist groups."
December 17, 2015 03:11 AM | Comments (0)
"U.S. soldiers accused Afghan police and Navy SEALs of abusing detainees. But the SEAL command opted against a court-martial and cleared its men of wrongdoing."
by Stan Wiechnik
December 16, 2015 04:15 PM | Comments (3)
Question – what do Vladimir Putin and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have in common? Answer – both man’s dream of territorial expansion are failing.
by The Washington Times
December 16, 2015 01:11 PM | Comments (0)
“The nation's top military officer said the Pentagon will revamp combat commands for the 'fight of the future' because current 'old plans' take too long to execute.”
December 16, 2015 11:42 AM | Comments (0)
"A new Saudi-led Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism could be part of a solution, but Riyadh will have to first overcome its ambivalence toward Islamic extremism."