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by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
August 23, 2016 09:44 AM | Comments (0)
"Iraq’s highly fissiparous military and militia landscape maintains a common enemy but not a common cause."
August 23, 2016 09:36 AM | Comments (0)
Continue on for links to the August 2016 issue of the CTC Sentinel.
by War on the Rocks
August 23, 2016 08:46 AM | Comments (0)
“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.”
August 22, 2016 12:39 PM | Comments (0)
Continue on for links to individual articles and departments.
by Nicole Heydari
August 22, 2016 10:05 AM | Comments (0)
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.
by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
August 22, 2016 08:56 AM | Comments (0)
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.
by Military Times
August 22, 2016 07:56 AM | Comments (0)
“It’s going to be a long year for Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend and his mission might be the toughest one yet.”
by SWJ Editors
August 21, 2016 11:11 AM | Comments (0)
Continue on for the Executive Summary and a link to the full report.
by Task & Purpose
August 21, 2016 11:00 AM | Comments (3)
“Retired Maj. Gen. Robert Scales talks about what happens when we don’t prioritize the needs of the infantry.”
by Grounded Curiosity
August 21, 2016 10:50 AM | Comments (0)
"This paper reviews the rationale for the use of social media in the military."
by The Washington Post
August 21, 2016 07:52 AM | Comments (0)
"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."
August 20, 2016 06:15 AM | Comments (0)
Farewell Ceremony for General John W. Vessey, Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, September 30, 1985.
by Keith Nightingale
August 19, 2016 06:22 PM | Comments (1)
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.
by Voice of America
August 19, 2016 04:14 AM | Comments (0)
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.
by The Strategist
August 18, 2016 09:34 AM | Comments (2)
"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."
by Masoud Kazemzadeh
August 18, 2016 08:47 AM | Comments (0)
President Obama made a huge gamble. The evidence clearly shows that he lost the gamble.
August 18, 2016 08:14 AM | Comments (0)
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.
by The New York Times
August 18, 2016 04:40 AM | Comments (0)
"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."
by DoD News
August 17, 2016 10:23 PM | Comments (0)
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...
by Georgetown University Center for Security Studies, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and SWJ Editors
August 17, 2016 08:24 AM | Comments (0)
Couldn’t make the 2016 Mad Scientist Conference? Continue on for the video presentations.
August 16, 2016 03:10 PM | Comments (0)
"The recapture of an Islamic State stronghold in Syria will serve as a model for future U.S.-backed operations there."
August 16, 2016 05:27 AM | Comments (0)
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?
August 15, 2016 08:58 PM | Comments (1)
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....
by Mark Gilchrist
August 14, 2016 09:29 AM | Comments (1)
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.
August 13, 2016 01:10 PM | Comments (0)
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...
by Defense News
August 13, 2016 12:46 PM | Comments (0)
"Let’s set our sights on 2050: what will the strategic security environment look like then?"
August 13, 2016 06:07 AM | Comments (0)
"There is no question that the Islamic State will be defeated in Mosul; the real question is what comes afterward."
by The Wall Street Journal
August 13, 2016 12:58 AM | Comments (0)
“The militant group has forced thousands to become child jihadists. As many escape, Nigeria wonders what to do with them.”
August 12, 2016 12:51 PM | Comments (0)
A huge SWJ BZ to Irina A. Chindea.
August 12, 2016 05:40 AM | Comments (0)
"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."