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“The A-29 Super Tucano Provides Major Force Multiplier For Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism Forces.”

“Latest advance by Assad regime highlights the risk of a clash with Washington’s Kurdish-led allies.”

"The military does not have a very impressive record of achieving victory. It has won no wars since 1945—especially if victory is defined as achieving an objective at acceptable cost....

“The deaths are a reflection of the heavy price the agency has paid in a secret, nearly 16-year-old war.”

In this report, a former senior policy adviser and a USIP senior specialist explore the nexus of religion and violent extremism.

“The latest in a series of high-level reports and recommendations for revamping the State Department proposes expanding the size and mission of the USAID.”

British COIN campaigns by Adeyinka Makinde in the Sri Lanka Guardian.

“Congress should not forget that volunteers are immersing themselves and serving in more than 60 countries around the world for modest sums.”

Experts warn that what might seem to be a Lebanese victory could be a Trojan horse hiding Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which emerges as the main victor in the operation.

“An Air Force experiment to demonstrate the capabilities of off-the-shelf platforms may lead to a low-cost solution for a light attack and close-air support aircraft.”

“The Iraqi offensive, planned and launched less than two months after a punishing, nearly 270-day battle in Mosul, impressed some U.S. advisers.”

“As a former military contractor, I cannot imagine a worse outcome for Afghanistan or the U.S. than handing everything over to mercenaries.”

“As the Trump Administration reviews its counter-terrorism policies and strategies, it should apply the lessons of the Village Stability Operations program.”

“In an impromptu exchange with reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday, Mattis was asked about interpretations of comments he made Wednesday.”

“Hundreds of battle-hardened fighters were positioned inside most houses and high buildings inside the town, making it difficult for government forces to make any progress.”

“The retired Marine general has become a force for calm, order and, in the eyes of the president’s critics, quiet resistance.”

“The bulk of the roughly 4,000 additional troops headed to Afghanistan will probably be composed of thousands of paratroopers from two units.”

“Iraq's prime minister says Nineveh province has been "fully liberated" from so-called Islamic State, after the district of Tal Afar was recaptured.”

“SOUTHCOM’s switch from tactical to strategic means a mission to ‘detect, illuminate, disrupt’ criminal activities.”

“President Trump’s strategy is sadly more old than new. Fortunately, it is not too late to alter the course.”

Continue on for the latest online issue of Parameters.

“Afghanistan has long been called the “graveyard of empires” - for so long that it is unclear who coined that disputable term.”

“James Mattis tells the troops that their president is failing them.”

Future wars may be fought using new technologies; however, they will be fought by people for social, economic, cultural, and political reasons.

The Pentagon is not ready to move forward with President Donald Trump's new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, since military officials say key decisions have yet to be made.

“Pakistan has long been a complicated counterterrorism partner.”

"It is the Afghan warrior culture that will ultimately delimit any proposed long-term resolution."

"There is an increased global demand for U.S. defense companies to retrofit aircraft for special operations missions, analysts and members of industry said."

“The United States must fully reward those who risk their lives to serve troops on the battlefield.”

“Defense Secretary James Mattis gave a pep talk to U.S. troops stationed abroad during his trip to three countries last week.”