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by The New York Times
May 8, 2016 10:06 PM | Comments (0)
“The starkest example to date of a blurry line between the missions that American forces are supposed to be fulfilling — military training and advising — and combat.”
by The Washington Post
May 8, 2016 09:56 PM | Comments (0)
“After months of unexpectedly swift advances, the U.S.-led war against the Islamic State is running into hurdles on and off the battlefield.”
by The Christian Science Monitor
May 8, 2016 08:53 AM | Comments (0)
“Current and former US officials believe that CIA station chief, Mark Kelton, may have been poisoned by the Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence.”
by Foreign Policy
May 7, 2016 10:09 PM | Comments (21)
Ricks at FP, links to what others are saying.
by Breaking Defense
May 7, 2016 04:45 PM | Comments (0)
“Conventional warfare is traditionally more prestigious in the Army than COIN or PK, so many in the Guard feel the study’s division of labor would relegate them to second-class status....
by Keith Nightingale
May 7, 2016 11:24 AM | Comments (0)
For those that did not know him, he was seen as just another of the dissipated old coots who populated the coast and added color to the population.
May 7, 2016 05:39 AM | Comments (0)
“The president is in open disagreement with the SECDEF and the CJCS on one of the most critical issues our nation faces — whether to send our sons and daughters into combat.”
May 7, 2016 04:37 AM | Comments (0)
"Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. has turned heads and caused headaches in Beijing as well as in Washington with language starker than any coming from his commander in chief."
by Military Times
May 7, 2016 03:34 AM | Comments (0)
"The danger facing Americans was made clear again on Tuesday, when Navy SEAL Charlie Keating was killed on a mission to aid US military advisers under attack."
May 1, 2016 09:06 AM | Comments (1)
"Obama’s plan for fighting the Islamic State is predicated on having a credible and effective Iraqi ally on the ground in Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi."
April 29, 2016 09:37 PM | Comments (2)
"Five service members, including a general officer, were removed from Afghanistan. None of the 16 service members have faced court-martial."
April 29, 2016 09:15 PM | Comments (5)
“The officer wrote that the enemies of the Kunduz operation were 'moral cowardice' and a ‘profound lack of strategy.’”
by Fox News
April 29, 2016 05:02 AM | Comments (3)
“The U.S. Army decided to retain a Green Beret it had planned to kick out after he physically confronted a local Afghan commander accused of raping a boy over the course of many days.”
April 29, 2016 04:10 AM | Comments (0)
“U.S. military leaders faced skepticism Thursday on Capitol Hill as they made the case that President Obama’s strategy in Iraq and Syria is beginning to show results....
by Voice of America
April 28, 2016 03:42 PM | Comments (0)
As fighting intensified, the U.N. envoy to Syria pleaded with the United States and Russia to intervene "at the highest level" to revive struggling peace talks.
April 28, 2016 02:14 AM | Comments (0)
Efforts to squeeze the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have put the self-declared caliphate on shaky ground, leaving the group in perhaps its most vulnerable state.
by Robert Murphy
April 27, 2016 02:34 PM | Comments (2)
It seems audaciously optimistic that America would only apply a larger Army against the problems our military leaders want it applied against.
by Military Times and USA Today
April 26, 2016 08:07 PM | Comments (0)
"Stars and Stripes may lose its federal funding — $12 million a year — under a proposal being considered by the Department of Defense."
April 26, 2016 09:23 AM | Comments (5)
We win wars, battles and campaigns when we demonstrate a combination of discipline, responsibility, competence and attitude.
by National Review
April 25, 2016 09:00 PM | Comments (73)
“Refusing to prosecute an effective strategy against ISIS only prolongs the suffering.”
by The Wall Street Journal
April 25, 2016 01:54 PM | Comments (0)
“Call comes as the president outlines plans to send up to 250 more U.S. military personnel to Syria.”
April 25, 2016 09:21 AM | Comments (1)
“Ashraf Ghani vowed that Afghanistan will ‘execute’ enemies of the state and undertake preparations for an extended war.”
April 24, 2016 08:08 PM | Comments (0)
“The U.S. has opened a new line of combat against the Islamic State, directing the military’s six-year-old Cyber Command for the first time to mount computer-network attacks.”
April 24, 2016 07:38 PM | Comments (0)
“President Obama will announce the addition of 250 Special Operations troops to the American advisory force in Syria.”
by The Tampa Tribune
April 24, 2016 11:04 AM | Comments (5)
"If this trend of disrespect to the military continues it will undermine the strength of the officer corps to the point where good men and women will forgo service."
April 24, 2016 06:50 AM | Comments (0)
Khalilzad says one of the biggest problems facing Afghanistan continues to be its poor relationship with its neighbor, Pakistan.
by The Foreign Policy Research Institute
April 23, 2016 10:21 AM | Comments (0)
Russia’s ruse: Obscure outsiders’ understanding of what is taking place, and thereby prevent the US, NATO, or the EU from taking decisive action against Moscow.
April 23, 2016 09:40 AM | Comments (0)
Universal to all combatants is utter exhaustion, sleep deprivation and the occasional ability to sleep in the worst of environments when the body said it had to.
by RAND Corporation
April 22, 2016 08:51 AM | Comments (2)
This report assesses the campaign against the Islamic State, focusing on the military and political lines of effort.
by The United States Institute of Peace
April 21, 2016 09:52 PM | Comments (0)
The Government of Iraq this week formalized its work with the U.S. Institute of Peace to advance reconciliation at all levels.