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“Far too much of the US effort is centered around the immediate threat from ISIS, and the external threat it poses to the US homeland and Europe. Far too few in the US understand the...

A willingness to place more agency in the hands of operators could provide breakthrough opportunities and flexibility for Special Operations Forces as they continue to combat terrorism.

Every December 7 for the past 16 years, Colombian soldiers from the National Army's Special Anti-drug Brigade (BRCNA) have gathered in Larandia, Florencia for an end-of-year ceremony.

"The new initiative seeks to fill some of the gaps in social media and tech companies’ policies toward online extremism."

"Millions of dollars' worth of U.S.-supplied drones that Kiev had hoped would help in its war against Russian-backed separatists have proven ineffective against jamming and hacking."

The Defense Language and National Security Education Office dedicated the Foreign Area Officer heritage display on Dec. 12.

"The next secretary of defense, retired Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, has the most difficult management challenge in American government."

Grunts live close to the earth. They become part of it. They see, feel and sense as others do not.

“In recent months, US and allied officials have sought to accelerate air operations in the IS campaign, but the pace remains slower than that of other recent conflicts.”

The EU’s lukewarm support is a step in the right direction, and a source of sorely-needed funding, but it is only one step in the CAR’s marathon to peace and stability.

"As the US military’s primary tool for addressing conflict 'outside of war,' SOF are at particular risk for misuse if current operational models are used as a guide."

"Billionaire New York businessman and Army veteran Vincent Viola is President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to serve as the Army’s top civilian."

The latest concerning the Army’s Human Terrain System, now renamed the Global Cultural Knowledge Network.

“The question is how subtle do you want it, how damaging do you want it, how do you try to end it here rather than just ratchet it up?"

“Tehran’s help in securing Syria’s second city is much less to do with re-establishing state sovereignty than about asserting its own agenda.”

“President Obama has been shamefully derelict in making Putin pay a price for his aggression. It’s time to give Vladimir a taste of his own medicine.”

Continue on for a short statement concerning China’s seizure of a US Navy unmanned underwater vehicle in international waters.

"The message for autocratic leaders in the region and elsewhere is that force works — and brings few consequences."

“Low-profile ground deployments show importance of battle to Kremlin.”

"The Pentagon has revised a 2015 manual for waging combat while obeying the international laws of war, tightening rules for when it is lawful to fire on a military target."

Control over U.S. government international broadcasting will be consolidated under a powerful chief executive, under legislation expected to soon be signed by President Obama.

"New U.S. estimates put the number of IS "battle ready" fighters in Iraq and Syria at just 12,000 to 15,000, less than half of what the terror group was able to field at its height....

“Beltway elites scoff at Rex Tillerson’s background in business and his support of the Boy Scouts.”

"Tillerson’s life has been shaped to a profound extent by two institutions: ExxonMobil and the Boy Scouts of America."

“As Obama prepares to step down, a flap has erupted over the secretive commandos who have become his go-to counterterrorist force across the globe.”

This 2015 essay was adapted from statements made by General James Mattis before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“Proposals include limiting White House operational oversight and giving military more tactical authority.”

“Their views have been heavily influenced over the past 15 years by intensely personal battlefield losses, the country’s waning attention to the wars and an up-close view of a ruthless...

"Neither you nor Secretary Clinton said much in the campaign about the war in Afghanistan. I don't blame you. It's a complex issue."

“After years of moldering away under post Cold war budget crunches, Putin has spent billions to modernize the Russian arsenal.”