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On 22 July the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction published an audit of DoD, State and USAID's over $2.6 billion investment in Afghanistan's ICT sector.

Dr. Paul Rexton Kan, a SWJ--El Centro fellow and professor of National Security Studies, US Army War College, has recently published the new book Drug Trafficking and International Security.

“Dramatic portrayals of Mexican crime kings, which began as zany B-grade movies, have evolved into wildly popular soap operas, best-selling novels and major Hollywood productions.”

I was born in a bar and filled many a tavern and tomb. But my Service shines since emerging from that womb.

"CAS can sometimes be provided from heavy bombers using satellite-guided bombs, but the most effective approach often is to come after the enemy low and slow."

The new Joint Operating Environment is out and posted online. Continue on for links to the current and previous JOEs. Hat tip to Dave Maxwell.

“For many of the 6,800 FARC combatants scattered across Colombia’s hinterland, a new and, in some ways, more daunting phase lies just ahead - peace.”

“The 1973 Yom Kippur War lasted only a few weeks, but its implications for air combat continue to reverberate - even helping make the case for ditching the iconic A-10 Warthog....

There is a reason to stay away from a Pentagon assignment – you may fail.  The measure of success for a Pentagon assignment is not the same as a “muddy boots” assignment.

Kerry: “The tide has turned” in battle against IS in Iraq and Syria and that the U.S.-led coalition wants to do more against the terror group “and wants to do it faster.”

No one predicted that over half of all Army Field Artillerymen who were considered for selection to LTC in the primary zone would be passed over.  

Continue on for information concerning FPI’s 2016-2017 Future Leaders Program.

"The US and its allies in the coalition against so-called Islamic State (IS) have agreed on a strategy to defeat the group, US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has said."

"How will the coalition help the Iraqi government put the city of Mosul back together after it is taken back from the militants?"

America’s urban police departments are in an information war, and they are losing.

Some U.S. and Iraqi officials are voicing growing optimism about the prospects of retaking the key city of Mosul from the Islamic State terror group sooner than first anticipated.

"Defense Secretary Carter will gather defense ministers from allied nations this week to plan what officials hope will be the decisive stage in the campaign against the Islamic State."

As the process of electing the next American president goes into its final stages, national security and foreign policy analysts are divided over the long-term U.S. role in Afghanistan.

"As the self-declared IS has carried out or inspired attacks in Nice, Istanbul, and Orlando, US Secretary of State Kerry said Sunday they show the militant group is 'on the run.'"

As investigators in France began sifting through the devastation of the attack on Bastille Day in Nice that killed 84 people, some Western intelligence officials were already alarmed.

"The age of the IS, in which the tools of terrorism appear increasingly crude and haphazard, has led to a reimagining of the common notion of who is and who is not a terrorist."

"Our current obsession with Islamic extremism will be much the same. A century from now, historians will dismiss the war on terror as an overreaction inflamed by xenophobia and bigotry."

“Montes spied on her own country for Castro, doing much damage, yet Obama may soon liberate her.”

In the hours after the terror attack in Nice, France, PM Manuel Valls riled many critics when he said that “times have changed, and France should learn to live with terrorism.”

"It would be fair to conclude that Obama has come to his policy of intervention-lite through trial and error."

Keep up to date on the Nice terror attack and other items of interest at the SWJ News and Opinion Page.

Continue on for a summary and a link to the full report.

Continue on for information on the 2016 Annual Special Operations Research Association Symposium and the call for papers.

Continue on for the latest issue of Military Review.

“The Obama administration’s new proposal would open the way for deep cooperation between U.S. and Russian military and intelligence agencies and coordinated air attacks by American and...