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"President Donald Trump's appointment of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his national security adviser is a brilliant decision." Continue on for a detailed op-ed.

"The literature on the Vietnam War is enormous and growing, but Fall’s work still stands out for its insight and sagacity. He remains our greatest writer on the struggle.."

Transparency International says corruption is one of the root causes of violent extremism.

WSJ editorial - “H.R. McMaster wrote a book about the duty to challenge a President.”

“McMaster is highly respected in the conservative foreign policy community, and a man with little pretense and a great deal of battlefield experience.”

“The new National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is famous in military circles for calling out big egos. How long can he make it in a White House packed with them?”

Outstanding choice for the job, any job for that matter...

Continue on to view the first entry into SWJ’s ANMIHOS. H/T to Doctrine Man.

"White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders denied reports that the new adviser would not have the authority to build a new team in the National Security Council."

"As the Pentagon looks for new ways to reach out to Silicon Valley, some unexpected characters are getting a shot at the action."

Small Wars Journal / El Centro’s latest book, Jihadi Terrorism, Insurgency, and the Islamic State, is now available at Amazon.

Burning buildings. Criminals and gunfire. Common definitions. Climbing upstairs at WTC when all others are going down. A common image.

The four are John Bolton, H. R. McMaster, Robert L. Caslen Jr., and Keith Kellogg.

“The International Center for the Study of Radicalization study estimates that the group's revenue has fallen by about 50 percent over the past two years.”

“When President Obama turned the affairs of state over to President Trump on January 20th, the Islamic State was in full retreat across Iraq and Syria.”

“The Vice President’s comments aim to reassure Europe on U.S. commitment to NATO.”

“The broadcaster’s purpose isn’t just to entertain, or even to inform. It’s to wage the battle of ideas.”

Video and transcript of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' address at the Munich Security Conference. H/T to Real Clear World.

"The announcement about the finalists comes a day after retired Vice Adm. Bob Harward turned down the job."

"After a decade of debate, the US Army is finally creating permanent units dedicated to advising foreign forces."

“The intensity of the ISIS campaign has required the Pentagon to draw from its stores around the globe.”

The first of six planned security force brigades will activate in October at Fort Benning, Georgia, the Army announced on Thursday.

"Al Qaeda and the Islamic State could reconcile their differences to present a different but persistent security challenge to the United States for the foreseeable future."

Beginning with the counter-ISIS fight in Syria, British Army Maj. Gen. Rupert Jones said the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian Arab Coalition continue to pressure and isolate Raqqa.

“The decision to withhold information underscores deep mistrust between the U.S. intelligence community and the President.”

"The head of UN peacekeeping said Haiti has made so much progress that he would recommend the Security Council pull out the nearly 5,000 multinational troops and police."

“The move would significantly alter US military operations in Syria if approved and could put troops on the ground within weeks.”

"Defense Secretary Mattis warned on Wednesday that the amount of American support for NATO could depend on whether other countries meet their own spending commitments."

“Few Americans are even aware or concerned over how long this nation has been engaged in armed conflicts over the past seven decades.”