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“One of the most historically significant efforts to encapsulate lessons from irregular wars, or ‘small wars,’ comes from the pen of British officer C. E. Callwell.”

“A bullet found in the Jordan desert was from a pistol only Lawrence would have had.”

In the era of cyber-threats, small waves can create a tsunami.

Review of Game Changers: Going Local to Defeat Violent Extremists.

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Continue on for U.S. Army War College’s Parameters, Winter 2015-16, Vol. 45 No. 4.

"Banks are closing the accounts of customers they fear may be up to no good, evicting from the financial system those the government most wants to watch."

"Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe torture can be justified to extract information from suspected terrorists, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll."

“HA/DR operations entail unique, unscripted collaboration with joint and interagency partners with unity of effort and time as the common enemy.”

"The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the next military strategy document will be kept classified."

"The United States must adjust its approach to preparing for wars that in the future will likely be fought across multiple regions and in a variety of domains."

"Such efforts also would confront a fundamental problem of differing priorities and approaches – and even distrust."

“The carnage is a direct result of Europe’s refusal to accept that terrorists must be treated differently than common criminals.”

“A Taliban splinter group says it carried out a suicide attack on a park in the Pakistani city of Lahore, which killed more than 70 people, including children.”

“Despite millions of dollars of government-sponsored research there is still nothing close to a consensus on why someone becomes a terrorist.”

Just day-dreaming on a Saturday…

“He’s retired Marine General James Mattis. He’s an extraordinary American. Yes, it’s a longshot. But he is exactly what we need.”

"When was the last time you participated in a unit leader development event that was focused on the practice of leadership?"

"The Pentagon will submit proposals to President Barack Obama for strengthening military support to Iraqi forces in the near future."

There is no doubt that we have been at war with Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. However, we have not been at war with the overwhelming majority of Muslims.

"The United States killed a top Islamic State commander in Syria who was believed to be in line to lead the terrorist group."

“The president’s muted response to the attacks is difficult to fathom.”

Michèle Flournoy has written a new report examining 70 years of U.S. national security policy and processes and making recommendations for the next President.

This Secretary of the Navy has lost the trust and confidence of the career professionals he purports to lead. Congressman Hunter is right; Mabus should go.

"On the battlefield in Iraq and Syria the Islamic State is a rapidly diminishing force."

Shall we compare the United States’ and Belgium’s apples and rocks?

Continue on for the details and for links concerning this very prestigious grant program for aspiring scholars.

"A senior Defense Department official told U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that Americans have been killed by detainees who were released from the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."

“The Iraqi military backed by US-led coalition aircraft on Thursday launched a long-awaited operation to recapture the northern city of Mosul from IS militants.”

“Peril grows even as military campaigns against the group show signs of progress.”