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“It's easy to blame presidents for a lack of strategy, but a growing number of officials are saying that the fault lies with a lack of vision in the Pentagon.”

"Restoking the Pentagon’s wargaming engine will multiply ways to explore defense and national security futures, Deputy Defense Secretary Work has said multiple times this year."

"War among the people — whether it’s counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, or just conventional warfare in an urban setting — will only get nastier and harder to avoid."

"The intent of this essay is to shed light upon why the United States is performing so poorly in twenty-first-century warfare."

“To defeat terrorists, we need to overhaul our military and other levers of government to tackle complex and shifting threats.”

Crimes Against Humanity are certain acts which are committed as part of a widespread, systemic attack directed against any civilian population, or an identifiable part of a population. 

"President Obama's request that American Muslims help "root out" and confront extremist ideology in their communities is getting mixed reactions."

“Wars aren’t won simply by bombing the enemy, yet this delusion has bipartisan, multinational support.”

"How overwhelming firepower can fail to defeat a determined or ideologically driven guerrilla force in the absence of a coherent and well-executed strategy."

By western standards, making unnecessary enemies is bad strategy; by jihadist standards, it makes perfect sense.

"Al Qaeda and the Islamic State are no longer on the run in the Middle East and represent an increasingly serious threat to the United States."

"President Obama's speech Sunday on confronting the threat of terrorism was met by analysts and lawmakers with questions of what is new about his strategy."

"President Obama said Sunday that the threat of terrorism to the United States has evolved into a new phase."

"The White House maintains that its strategy is comprehensive, and that it’s working."

What may be most disturbing is not that Mr. Obama was wrong, but that apparently he was right.

"The question of how and why a suburban couple with a new baby decided to become mass murderers — is the subject of a frantic global terrorism investigation."

“Chilling terror danger seen from extremist sympathizers who, unnoticed by authorities, amass deadly arsenals to attack anywhere in U.S.”

"The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments is pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken will be joining the team as its new President and Chief Executive Officer."

Fear of Islamic State terror attacks on American and European soil has pushed the U.S., Britain and Germany to expand and intensify their military actions and airstrikes against the extremists.

Suspect in the mass shooting that left 14 people dead in San Bernadino apparently pledged allegiance to a leader of Islamic State militant group, government sources said.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that beginning in January 2016, all military occupations and positions will be open to women, without exception.

Continue on for the statement, video and written.

"Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter on Thursday announced that the Pentagon will open all combat jobs to women."

More needs to be done to attack the Islamic State group where it has a sizable foothold: online.

Their average age is 26. Eighty-six percent are male. Most use Twitter and other social media to find and spread propaganda. But other than that, there are frustratingly few traits in common.

“As we consider the future of irregular warfare, we must fundamentally rethink our approach to the historical case studies that have stood at the center of American COIN since 2007.”

Lebanese Blogger Karl Sharro explains the chaos in the Middle East in one (long) sentence via The Washington Post’s Ishaan Tharoor.

"The State Department is considering scaling back its direct involvement in online campaigns to discredit the Islamic State."

"Discussions of an emerging practice of 'gray zone' conflict have become increasingly common, but the concept remains ill-defined and poorly understood."

“The special ops forces that got Bin Laden, Saddam, and Zarqawi are finally being sent by the dozens to go after the Islamic State’s leaders. Can these troops turn the tide?”