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"Iraq’s highly fissiparous military and militia landscape maintains a common enemy but not a common cause."

Continue on for links to the August 2016 issue of the CTC Sentinel.

“A Westerner with extensive on-the-ground experience in Syria and Iraq tackles conventional Western views of the civil wars in Iraq and Syria and proposes a dramatic rethinking.”

Continue on for links to individual articles and departments.

What captivated me the most was the unique bond between U.S. Special Forces and local Afghan security teams, who risked everything for their families and communities.

Information on the upcoming Mad Scientist Conference to be held at USMA 13-14 September at Thayer Hall, with a specific focus on generating and employing the 2050 Cyber Army.

“It’s going to be a long year for Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend and his mission might be the toughest one yet.”

Continue on for the Executive Summary and a link to the full report.

“Retired Maj. Gen. Robert Scales talks about what happens when we don’t prioritize the needs of the infantry.”

"This paper reviews the rationale for the use of social media in the military."

"The United States will increase the tempo of operations in support of ground forces in Iraq and Syria as they prepare to tackle the Islamic State’s twin capital cities."

Farewell Ceremony for General John W. Vessey, Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, September 30, 1985.

Yesterday a good and great man died-Gen Jack Vessey. If any senior officer could be included in the Grunt Hall of Fame or in the Best Person Hall of Honor it would be this man.

US ships and planes refuse to recognize China's maritime territorial claims, conducting freedom of navigation patrols that largely ignore warnings from Chinese commanders to vacate the area.

"The 50th anniversary of Long Tan reminds most Australians that despite winning that iconic high intensity battle, the Australians and New Zealanders lost the Vietnam War."

President Obama made a huge gamble.  The evidence clearly shows that he lost the gamble.

The Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime is hosting its 2016 Supplier Conference and Expo Aug. 29 – Sept. 1 at the downtown Columbus Convention Center.

"The nation’s rancorous debate over immigration policy has greatly diminished the chances of citizenship for a small group of people who have done a great service to the US."

If you’re in the military, you know what the “cocoms,” or combatant commands, are. But for those who might be new to the Defense Department or who work outside of it, you might...

Couldn’t make the 2016 Mad Scientist Conference? Continue on for the video presentations.

"The recapture of an Islamic State stronghold in Syria will serve as a model for future U.S.-backed operations there."

The smell of the issue facility as you move through. There is a lot of old stuff here. Your first night in country. Will you know the last?

Iraq would see a “robust civilian presence,” Clinton told reporters afterward, summing up the Obama administration’s pledges to Maliki. “We are working to achieve that....

The nature and character of war is not only the most important concept for the profession of arms, it also the central understanding upon which the profession thrives or fails.

They carried P-38 can openers and heat tabs, watches and dog tags, insect repellent, gum, cigarettes, Zippo lighters, salt tablets, compress bandages, ponchos, Kool-Aid...

"Let’s set our sights on 2050: what will the strategic security environment look like then?"

"There is no question that the Islamic State will be defeated in Mosul; the real question is what comes afterward."

“The militant group has forced thousands to become child jihadists. As many escape, Nigeria wonders what to do with them.”

A huge SWJ BZ to Irina A. Chindea.

"The defeat of the IS’s self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq, at least in terms of territory, is on the horizon. And so too are new problems and potentially new conflicts."