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“With some of the most difficult areas of the city held by militants - and tens of thousands of civilians still trapped in their homes - the fighting could last well into the weeks ahead....

“Challenging the orthodoxies around Vietnam is as important today as it has ever been.”

“A fight that the US cannot and should not avoid. It’s also an opportunity for Trump to accomplish what his administration says it wants to do in the Middle East.”

“The US security strategy in Latin America under the new administration has yet to find its footing.”

“The speech is meant as a reset from the harsher tone and policies Mr. Trump adopted as a candidate last year.”

“Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the United States had opened a new channel between senior U.S. and Russian military officials.”

Theme: The Struggle for Security in Africa

“No longer will we have slowed decision cycles because Washington, D.C., has to authorize tactical movements on the ground.”

"The U.S.-led coalition against ISIS will continue to build on the progress made to date to accelerate the campaign to annihilate the vicious group wherever it tries to form."

No one is satisfied with a stalemate in Afghanistan and NATO defense chiefs in Brussels examined proposals that would increase the number of NATO and partner troops in the country.

“And four other questions the President's team needs to answer before expanding America’s longest war.”

“What we saw yesterday - a violent attack on a peaceful demonstration - is an affront to D.C. values and our rights as Americans,” said D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser.

“Yet, still, we don’t read doctrine. Why? Well, it’s complicated.”

“Continuing down a path of overly ambitious and unrealistic advising initiatives, coupled with restricted advising divorced from tactical realities will guarantee that we will lose.”

“Suddenly, Middle Eastern intellectuals are coming to me for ‘ground truth.’”

McMaster said Tuesday that information about terrorism and threats to international aviation that President Trump shared with Russian diplomats last week was “wholly appropriate”.

The arguments that the Army need not devote time, manpower, or money to better preparing to operate in megacities are not uniform in their objections.

“The Pentagon is studying gray zone conflict - otherwise known as hybrid warfare - beginning with a focus on Russia and later moving on to study Iran and China.”

"Senior Trump administration officials have proposed sending 3,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Their mission? Advise and assist Afghan security forces."

“Previous rounds of talks have produced agreement that the warring sides will discuss a four-part agenda, but no progress has yet been made on any topic.”

New RAND report by Ben Connable, Natasha Lander and Kimberly Jackson.

“The two weakened terrorist organizations might find a new lease on life together.”

The Islamic State has lost ground in Iraq and Syria and its financial future is in flux. Here are several scenarios for the IS’ future operations, finances, and overall sustainability.

A letter from President John F. Kennedy to his mother, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, dated 3 November 1962.

Strategy Bridge, Military Leader and From the Green Notebook announce that beginning on May 14th they are hosting a 3 week series focused on the current Draft FM 3-0: Army Operations.

Major Dan Maurer has a new book, Crisis, Agency, and Law in US Civil-Military Relations, scheduled for release by Palgrave Macmillan Press next month.

Continue on for the video. As a colleague related on a closed email discussion group: “As usual, he is interesting, insightful, inflammatory, and everything between.”

“Daesh fighters are dedicated jihadists. Some will die fighting, but others will try to slip away for the next battle. We have to track them down, cell by cell.”

“Mark A. Green serves as a rebuttal to the hyper-partisanship of Washington.”

“Donald Trump inherited bad and worse options for dealing with Syria. This week the President selected one of the less bad ones.”