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"Observers have noted an alarming decline in military-history courses in university history departments nationally."

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Continue on for the latest publications by the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute.

Ten Questions the National Defense Panel Must Answer by James Jay Carafano, The National Interest

“Small is Beautiful”: El Salvador’s Lessons and Non-Lessons for the Indirect Approach by David Ucko, War on the Rocks

As the Marine Corps builds up the Special-Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response there are valuable lessons to be learned from recent French military operations.

The Future of American Power: The Great Pull-Back? - No, America is Not in Retreat

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Bases, Places and Boots on the Ground: A Review of 'Rebalancing US Forces' by Julian Snelder, Lowy Institute

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In this update we take the reader around the world ending with three thoughtful articles in Discourse.

What Gives Boko Haram its Strength by David Jacobson, Atta Barkindo and Derek Harvey, CNN

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David Francis must have been working against deadline when he wrote “Why Afghanistan Might Be the Marines’ Last Fight” (The Fiscal Times, May 6, 2013).

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is not a happy camper.

Interview Transcript: Former Head of the NSA and Commander of the US Cyber Command, General Keith Alexander

Continue on for information on the Center for a New American Security's Eighth Annual National Security Conference.

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) has released a new, comprehensive report, titled Mexico’s Police: Many Reforms, Little Progress.

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"The US Army will not be very successful in the coming operating environment unless it develops a sense of strategic understanding..."

"No Worse Enemy: The Inside Story of the Chaotic Struggle for Afghanistan" - Book review by Jacqueline L. Hazelton, Michigan War Studies Review

“If our mission is to set the stage for Afghanistan’s success… it would be a mistake to help deprive Afghanistan of its most important resource: human capital.”

Mexico Is Not Colombia: Alternative Historical Analogies for Responding to the Challenge of Violent Drug-Trafficking Organizations - RAND Corporation

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2014 Salute to Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans - Video of Speech by General James N. Mattis, USMC (Ret.)

Explaining Boko Haram, Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency - New York Times