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It does not take much vision to predict that Secretary Hagel and the Obama Administration’s FY2015 defense budget submissions are going to be the subject of bitter partisan criticism.

Strategy is a form of communication; a message that you have the intentions and capabilities to impose your will, and the enemy cannot impose theirs.

When the Obama Administration sends its proposed 2015 defense budget to Congress on March 4, two high-profile armored vehicle programs will be missing in action.

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The Navy’s Pacific Fleet chief of intelligence recently cemented his reputation for blunt assessments of China.

West Point's Combating Terrorism Center has released the February 2014 issue of the CTC Sentinel. It is a special issue on Africa.

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Defense Secretary Hagel plans to shrink the U.S. Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets.

One of the four options President Obama is considering for a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan beyond this year would leave behind 3,000 troops.

The A-10 might be around for a little while longer, after a tough-talking senator compelled the Air Force to keep the attack jet’s software up to date.

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Thinking Critically: On “We Were Caught Unprepared” by Rich Ganske, The Bridge

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As Army leadership ponders who and what to cut from its budget, the first groups in the crosshairs are the junior and mid-level officers.

“There’s a fundamental need to have a conversation about what kind of military we need to have and what we should expect it to do.”

... in light of Iraq and Afghanistan, the benefits of this doctrine are far more apparent…

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Recently several lieutenants have written me to share their fears and anxieties about their own particular development as the tectonic plates of the Army and budgets continue to shift.

Not Your Grandfather's Insurgency - Criminal, Spiritual, and Plutocratic by Dr. Robert J. Bunker, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College

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The guiding principle that can best reform or take an organization to the next level is efficiency.

Strategic Horizons: All Options Bad If Mexico’s Drug Violence Expands to U.S. by Steven Metz, World Politics Review

There’s no talk of “victory,” or how the U.S. should spend its share of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth, or how to use the peace dividend from a world made safe from Al Qaeda.

Counterinsurgency Expert: We Need to Rethink How We Fight by Howard Altman, Tampa Tribune.

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A new era of security burden-sharing could be on the horizon for a war-weary US, with France taking an aggressive lead in Africa and Germany showing a willingness to take a more assertive role.

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From Stalemate to Settlement : Lessons for Afghanistan from Historical Insurgencies That Have Been Resolved Through Negotiations by Colin P. Clarke and Christopher Paul, RAND Corporation.

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U.S. Seeks Prisoner Swap with Taliban to Free Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by Anne Gearan and Ernesto Londoño, Washington Post.