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Attacking America: Al Qaeda’s Grand Strategy in Its War with the World by Mary Habeck, Foreign Policy Research Institute

AirLand “Reversal” or Continuing Tactical Adaptation? By Christopher Mewett, War on the Rocks

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Armies are like newspapers. They have become 21st-century anachronisms. To survive, they must adapt.

Everybody Should Read General John Kelly's Speech About Two Marines In The Path Of A Truck Bomb by Geoffrey Ingersoll, Business Insider.

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Hagel says that if the reductions are not scaled back or removed, the joint force will be smaller, less ready, and less well equipped than national security requires.

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President Obama today informed Afghan President  Karzai that he has asked the Pentagon to ensure that it has adequate plans in place to accomplish an orderly withdrawal by the end of the year.

It does not take much vision to predict that Secretary Hagel and the Obama Administration’s FY2015 defense budget submissions are going to be the subject of bitter partisan criticism.

Strategy is a form of communication; a message that you have the intentions and capabilities to impose your will, and the enemy cannot impose theirs.

When the Obama Administration sends its proposed 2015 defense budget to Congress on March 4, two high-profile armored vehicle programs will be missing in action.

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The Navy’s Pacific Fleet chief of intelligence recently cemented his reputation for blunt assessments of China.

West Point's Combating Terrorism Center has released the February 2014 issue of the CTC Sentinel. It is a special issue on Africa.

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Defense Secretary Hagel plans to shrink the U.S. Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets.

One of the four options President Obama is considering for a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan beyond this year would leave behind 3,000 troops.

The A-10 might be around for a little while longer, after a tough-talking senator compelled the Air Force to keep the attack jet’s software up to date.

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Thinking Critically: On “We Were Caught Unprepared” by Rich Ganske, The Bridge

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As Army leadership ponders who and what to cut from its budget, the first groups in the crosshairs are the junior and mid-level officers.

“There’s a fundamental need to have a conversation about what kind of military we need to have and what we should expect it to do.”

... in light of Iraq and Afghanistan, the benefits of this doctrine are far more apparent…

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Recently several lieutenants have written me to share their fears and anxieties about their own particular development as the tectonic plates of the Army and budgets continue to shift.

Not Your Grandfather's Insurgency - Criminal, Spiritual, and Plutocratic by Dr. Robert J. Bunker, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College

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