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"U.S. officials worry that a confluence of powerful drug-trafficking cartels, terrorist groups and an insecure southern border poses a strategic threat."

"For at least a year after Gaddafi’s ouster, American diplomats focused on governance and economic issues, not security, in their support for Libya."

As an international community, our accepted standards of conduct in battle have transformed radically over the last half-century.

Plans to take the Army from its high of 570,000 to 490,000 today, and then to reduce it again to 450,000 soldiers seemed prudent a few years ago.

Building the capacity of Afghan special operations forces is a key goal of the United States and its coalition partners.

Islamist militant attacks in Tunisia have caused the government to consider building a wall in the desert to keep future attackers out.

"To be sure, the nation always reduces its military as wars wind down. Other services suffer reductions and shortages. But only the Army breaks."

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"Twenty-five years after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, the lessons of the Gulf War remain urgent, even in today’s chaotic Middle East."

"The U.N. requires commitments from member nations to provide rapid response forces for emerging crises."

How is the Islamic State looking at the situation in Iraq and Syria? It is impossible to be sure, but they are fairly transparent in their public statements.

The Foundation seeks to help ensure the vitality of social, economic, and governmental institutions.

“We’re now in an era in the Middle East that is orders of magnitude more complicated. We have to take stock of the reality, rather than only focus on what Iran is doing.”

Military Writers Guild (MWG) Awards: The first ever MWG Biannual Award Winners!  

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Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman broke out of a high security prison on Saturday night for the second time.

The United States is still the world's most powerful fighting force, other countries are starting to close the gap.

The National Military Strategy follows the release of the 2015 National Security Strategy in February this year, as well as the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review.

The Army has quietly killed a program that put social scientists on battlefields to help troops avoid unnecessary bloodshed and improve civilians' lives.

What if we had “saved game” before we invaded Iraq? What would America’s strategic options look like today?

In April 2015, USA Today reported a disconcerting, if somewhat incongruous, finding about the Army’s morale.

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Long before James Webb became secretary of the Navy or a US senator—or even potentially a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate—he was a 23-year-old Marine fighting in Vietnam.

They hid in plain sight, the homebrew gun club for a powerful new gang, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

"I am a writer..."

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Declining morale is not unique to the Army; it runs across the services and even across countries.

The 685 page 10MB PDF can be downloaded at the link provided. H/T to Dave Maxwell.

The Army has the Green Berets, while the Navy is known for the SEALs. Now, an elite branch of the U.S. Marine Corps will officially be known as Raiders.

As President Obama was weighing how to halt Islamic State advances in Iraq, some of the strongest resistance to boosting U.S. involvement came from a surprising place: a war-weary military.