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"The effort to create the National Desert Storm Veterans War Memorial is gaining strength. The memorial is planned for the northwestern corner of the National Mall."

“There have been several meetings to begin to determine if more troops are needed for the upcoming battle for Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul.”

“We have a military plan to defeat the Islamic State but we have yet to articulate a political plan to ensure Iraq’s long-term stability.”

Britain has made a historic decision to leave the European Union in a referendum that stoked passions on issues of immigration and sovereignty.

"Regrettably, the human-rights groups were intransigent, and most of us in the military concluded that we shouldn’t spend scarce dollars on systems that would never be used."

A report sponsored by the Army Capabilities Integration Center in Coordination with Joint Staff J-39/Strategic Multi-Layer Assessment Branch.

“Since the American-led invasion in 2001, our service members and diplomats have relied on thousands of Afghans, particularly as interpreters.”

“Washington’s top development agency needs to focus on building governments, not democracies, in chaotic foreign countries.”

“U.S. officials and outside experts warn that the U.S.-backed air and ground campaign is far from eradicating the radical Islamic group, and could even backfire.”

“What MacFarland is trying to do is again make another change. When MacFarland is talking about increasing the numbers again dramatically, that’s what he needs to do.”

Today’s infantry brigade combat teams share striking similarities with their World War I antecedents.

“For us, it’s not a question of if it will happen but when.”

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Continue on for links to the latest, 'Short War in a Perpetual Conflict', and previous Australian Army Research Papers.

“The true debate isn't about how much coverage ISIS merits, but what type.”

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An Infantryman’s life is defined by boxes.  They carry, they feed,  they arm, they sustain and they contain.

"Defense Secretary Ash Carter wants to open the door for more “lateral entry” into the military's upper ranks."

"More cash for Afghanistan’s army and police force — without any new conditions to try to ensure it doesn’t get gobbled up before making it to the battlefield."

"NATO is discussing how to step up its response to the European migrant crisis by expanding its presence in the Mediterranean region."

The report argues that the United States should develop a Uniform Policy on Civilian Protection.

“Conventional forces, Special Forces, guerrillas, terrorists, criminals all mixed together in a highly complex terrain environment, with potentially high densities of civilians.”

"Far from ending the two wars he inherited from the Bush administration, Obama is wrestling with an expanded set of conflicts in the final months of his presidency."

Some excellent work by Special Forces students at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Continue on for an updated Mad Scientist conference call for papers.

At the Hotel DeVille, the city hall of St Mere Eglise, France, the latest memorial ceremony highlights how tenuous is our hold on D Day first person participants.

Continue on for information concerning “Shaping Our NATO”.

Islamic State has come under fierce attack on three fronts stretching from Iraq to Syria.

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“A day after Iraqi troops advanced through the southern suburb of Nuaimiya, scores of IS fighters attacked them, army officers told news agencies.”