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by Center for Strategic & International Studies
December 22, 2016 02:46 PM | Comments (0)
“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...
December 22, 2016 12:58 PM | Comments (18)
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.
by Army News Service
December 22, 2016 11:42 AM | Comments (0)
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.
by Georgetown Security Studies Review
December 22, 2016 07:48 AM | Comments (0)
"The new initiative seeks to fill some of the gaps in social media and tech companies’ policies toward online extremism."
December 21, 2016 08:39 PM | Comments (0)
"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."
by DoD News
December 21, 2016 07:55 PM | Comments (0)
The Defense Language and National Security Education Office dedicated the Foreign Area Officer heritage display on Dec. 12.
by The Washington Post
December 21, 2016 06:20 PM | Comments (0)
"The next secretary of defense, retired Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, has the most difficult management challenge in American government."
by Keith Nightingale
December 21, 2016 05:02 AM | Comments (0)
Grunts live close to the earth. They become part of it. They see, feel and sense as others do not.
December 20, 2016 02:13 PM | Comments (0)
“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.”
by Marcel Plichta
December 20, 2016 09:03 AM | Comments (0)
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.
by American Enterprise Institute
December 19, 2016 03:56 PM | Comments (1)
"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."
by Stars & Stripes
December 19, 2016 12:12 PM | Comments (0)
"Billionaire New York businessman and Army veteran Vincent Viola is President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to serve as the Army’s top civilian."
by USA Today
December 18, 2016 06:33 AM | Comments (0)
The latest concerning the Army’s Human Terrain System, now renamed the Global Cultural Knowledge Network.
by The New York Times
December 18, 2016 05:19 AM | Comments (1)
“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?"
by The Guardian
December 18, 2016 03:39 AM | Comments (0)
“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.”
by Foreign Policy
December 17, 2016 10:04 AM | Comments (11)
“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.”
by SWJ Editors
December 16, 2016 07:32 PM | Comments (0)
Continue on for a short statement concerning China’s seizure of a US Navy unmanned underwater vehicle in international waters.
December 16, 2016 06:20 PM | Comments (1)
"The message for autocratic leaders in the region and elsewhere is that force works — and brings few consequences."
by The Wall Street Journal
December 16, 2016 08:12 AM | Comments (5)
“Low-profile ground deployments show importance of battle to Kremlin.”
December 14, 2016 09:02 PM | Comments (1)
"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."
by Voice of America
December 14, 2016 08:44 PM | Comments (0)
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.
December 14, 2016 12:57 AM | Comments (1)
"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....
December 13, 2016 02:10 PM | Comments (0)
“Beltway elites scoff at Rex Tillerson’s background in business and his support of the Boy Scouts.”
by The New Yorker
December 13, 2016 07:38 AM | Comments (6)
"Tillerson’s life has been shaped to a profound extent by two institutions: ExxonMobil and the Boy Scouts of America."
by Agence France-Presse
December 11, 2016 02:56 PM | Comments (0)
“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.”
by The Hoover Institution
December 10, 2016 10:15 AM | Comments (6)
This 2015 essay was adapted from statements made by General James Mattis before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
December 10, 2016 08:24 AM | Comments (0)
“Proposals include limiting White House operational oversight and giving military more tactical authority.”
December 9, 2016 05:24 PM | Comments (0)
“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...
by War on the Rocks
December 9, 2016 04:23 PM | Comments (0)
"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."
December 9, 2016 04:13 PM | Comments (0)
“After years of moldering away under post Cold war budget crunches, Putin has spent billions to modernize the Russian arsenal.”