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Obama says defeating IS his top priority, but he will not change his strategy.

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Today, we wander and dither before the faceless beast that calls itself ISIS.

“Europe is facing a security threat that’s unprecedented in its modern history, at a time when its border security and intelligence-sharing are all under severe stress.”

"U.S. officials have renewed calls to defeat Islamic State and are taking immediate protective steps against new terrorist attacks."

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"Defense Secretary Carter said Tuesday that the United States is working to account for all U.S. civilians and service members in Belgium after attacks there killed at least 31 people."

"At least 31 people have been killed and many seriously injured in attacks at Brussels international airport and a city metro station."

“From military.com reporter Hope Hodge Seck’s ‘All Marines to Get Unconscious Bias Training as Women Join Infantry,' March 18.”

The U.S. military has established the first all-American fire base in Iraq since the start of the war against Islamic State, a U.S. military spokesman said Monday.

"Ignorance, arrogance and incompetence by the local Provincial Reconstruction Team, Anne and her State peers surely contributed to her death, and the death of multiple soldiers."

Words are our pallet of life.  We color our relationships with subtleties, nuances and emphasis’ that create a message as complex and varied as the colors on an artist’s pallet.

"In the immediate aftermath of the Paris terror attacks on Nov. 13, French investigators came face to face with the reality that they had missed earlier signs."

"The death of a U.S. Marine in northern Iraq on Saturday has drawn attention to the deployment of Marines and sailors from Navy ships in the Middle East."

The eyes of the Infantry have a different caste than others.

"The United States will cooperate with independent efforts to investigate acts of genocide committed by Islamic State."

U.S. military leaders voiced concern Wednesday about their ability to fight a conventional war against the armed forces of countries like China, Russia, Iran and N. Korea.

Increased military pressure against Islamic State fighters in both Syria and Iraq led to the group losing 22 percent of its territory in the past 15 months.

In 1948, the United Nations defined genocide as any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group...

The decentralized nature of purchasing decisions means that citizens may choose to organize, perhaps even informally through social media, regardless of government policy.

SWJ-EL Centro Fellow Nate Jones just published the book Mexico's Illicit Drug Networks and the State Reaction.

“The metaphorical Strategy Bridge links resources and power to policy and purpose. This is, indeed, an exceptional metaphor, if one describes strategy as a product…”

“This monograph creates a proposed insurgency typology divided into legacy, contemporary, and emergent and potential insurgency forms, and provides strategic implications.”

“If the Marines were called today to respond to an unexpected crisis, they might not be ready, a top Marine general told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.”

“What strategy should the United States pursue to counter the problem posed by violent radical Islam?”

Check out the US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute’s new website.

"A bipartisan resolution declaring that systemic violence committed by Islamic State against Christians, Yazidis, Kurds and other ethnic and religious minorities constitutes genocide."

"Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he was instructing his armed forces to start pulling out of Syria over five months."

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"U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday accused Syria of “clearly trying to disrupt" the U.N.-sponsored peace talks."