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"The Islamic State’s leaders may see advantage in increasing their encouragement of overseas terrorism, even to the point of directing attacks."

“Saudi Arabia said all the right things in announcing a Islamic military coalition against terrorism. The move could help in some ways. But it could also be window dressing.”

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed his short-term priority – defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – and provided insight into his long-term goals.

"U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said President Barack Obama has reiterated to the military the need to accelerate the campaign against Islamic State."

"After 15 years of ad hoc solutions, the Army may build specialized battalions and brigades to train and advise foreign forces."

"Obama said the U.S.-led coalition will prevail in its battle against IS, adding that the militant group is losing ground and its leaders have no place to hide."

"Despite thousands of U.S. civilians, the results in Afghanistan were very mixed."

"The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Interagency Fellowship Program is a career broadening, educational opportunity for field grade officers."

"The terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino have added urgency to the conundrum now facing the U.S. and its allies: What to do about the Islamic State group?"

How does the DoD conduct a media war, especially when considering the number of other players already in the counter-messaging game?

"This paper examines the possibility of the assassination of Kim Jong-un and assesses what type of assassination has the highest probability of occurring in North Korea."

Continue on for the latest issue of Parameters.

“It's easy to blame presidents for a lack of strategy, but a growing number of officials are saying that the fault lies with a lack of vision in the Pentagon.”

"Restoking the Pentagon’s wargaming engine will multiply ways to explore defense and national security futures, Deputy Defense Secretary Work has said multiple times this year."

"War among the people — whether it’s counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, or just conventional warfare in an urban setting — will only get nastier and harder to avoid."

"The intent of this essay is to shed light upon why the United States is performing so poorly in twenty-first-century warfare."

“To defeat terrorists, we need to overhaul our military and other levers of government to tackle complex and shifting threats.”

Crimes Against Humanity are certain acts which are committed as part of a widespread, systemic attack directed against any civilian population, or an identifiable part of a population. 

"President Obama's request that American Muslims help "root out" and confront extremist ideology in their communities is getting mixed reactions."

“Wars aren’t won simply by bombing the enemy, yet this delusion has bipartisan, multinational support.”

"How overwhelming firepower can fail to defeat a determined or ideologically driven guerrilla force in the absence of a coherent and well-executed strategy."

By western standards, making unnecessary enemies is bad strategy; by jihadist standards, it makes perfect sense.

"Al Qaeda and the Islamic State are no longer on the run in the Middle East and represent an increasingly serious threat to the United States."

"President Obama's speech Sunday on confronting the threat of terrorism was met by analysts and lawmakers with questions of what is new about his strategy."

"President Obama said Sunday that the threat of terrorism to the United States has evolved into a new phase."

"The White House maintains that its strategy is comprehensive, and that it’s working."

What may be most disturbing is not that Mr. Obama was wrong, but that apparently he was right.

"The question of how and why a suburban couple with a new baby decided to become mass murderers — is the subject of a frantic global terrorism investigation."

“Chilling terror danger seen from extremist sympathizers who, unnoticed by authorities, amass deadly arsenals to attack anywhere in U.S.”

"The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments is pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken will be joining the team as its new President and Chief Executive Officer."