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by The Christian Science Monitor
January 26, 2017 10:07 PM | Comments (0)
"A draft executive order, reportedly from the White House, could revive currently prohibited interrogation methods, which include waterboarding, and secret, 'black site' prisons."
by Stars & Stripes
January 26, 2017 04:28 PM | Comments (0)
"The operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul is the most intense urban combat anywhere in the world in recent times."
by National Public Radio
January 26, 2017 09:28 AM | Comments (1)
“President Trump inherits the battle at a moment when the extremist group is losing ground in Iraq and Syria. The group's self-declared caliphate is looking increasingly fragile.”
by Voice of America
January 26, 2017 04:54 AM | Comments (1)
Senator McCain said he had been assured by defense chief Mattis and new CIA Director Pompeo that they would adhere to the Army Field Manual's limits on interrogation of terrorist suspects.
by The San Diego Union-Tribune
January 25, 2017 04:49 PM | Comments (0)
"It appears that new Defense Secretary James Mattis is preparing to start as early as Friday, when Trump is scheduled to visit the Pentagon."
by Center for Strategic & International Studies
January 25, 2017 02:48 PM | Comments (0)
"There are times when quick action can do more harm than good. The way in which the United States deals with violent Islamic extremism and terrorism is a case in point."
January 25, 2017 12:58 PM | Comments (0)
"With Britain set to leave the bloc within the next few years, the calls for a European Union military force could grow louder."
January 24, 2017 06:33 PM | Comments (0)
"Use of the law as a weapon of war may find favor with the Trump administration, according to some scholars and attorneys. The concept is popularly known as lawfare."
by The New York Times
January 24, 2017 03:42 PM | Comments (0)
“Not enough was being done by the government of South Vietnam to remove the causes of the insurgency or the conditions that had driven so many to want to live under Communism.”
by Marine Corps Times
January 24, 2017 08:24 AM | Comments (0)
"The reality is, the U.S. military continues to rely on the Marines as a land force for confronting the nation’s most challenging ground-level, infantry-oriented missions."
by Fifth Domain
January 23, 2017 11:48 PM | Comments (4)
"Experts see one hybrid tactic – narrative and cyber – playing an increasingly prominent role in current conflicts."
by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
January 23, 2017 08:51 PM | Comments (0)
Continue on for the latest issue of the Combating Terrorism Center’s Sentinel.
by Defense News
January 22, 2017 09:42 AM | Comments (2)
"A handgun is not an aircraft carrier... The system is broken."
by SWJ Editors
January 20, 2017 09:04 PM | Comments (0)
Short and sweet - Via USNI - SECDEF Mattis’ first message.
January 20, 2017 08:29 PM | Comments (0)
Continue on for a video recording and the transcript of President Trump’s inaugural address.
by Fox News
January 20, 2017 05:25 PM | Comments (0)
“President-elect Trump should zero in on the following lessons from the Surge.”
January 20, 2017 12:23 PM | Comments (0)
"Islamic State is fighting hard to reinforce its presence in Syria as it loses ground in Iraq."
January 19, 2017 11:50 AM | Comments (1,218)
Trump has professed no great power doctrine and his advisers discourage applying labels to his vision of the world.
by The Wall Street Journal
January 19, 2017 08:05 AM | Comments (0)
“The U.S.-led coalition in Syria has amassed an Arab force it considers large enough to move the fight against Islamic State into the city of Raqqa.”
by The British Broadcasting Corporation
January 18, 2017 08:26 PM | Comments (1)
“The so-called Islamic State lost almost a quarter of its territory in 2016, according to new analysis.”
January 18, 2017 05:30 PM | Comments (0)
President-elect Donald Trump's campaign pledge to wage war on "radical Islamic terrorism" is about to become U.S. policy.
January 18, 2017 08:24 AM | Comments (0)
"With just days left as commander in chief, President Obama is confronting a wrenching decision on whether to move ahead with plans to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters battling the IS."
by The Washington Post
January 18, 2017 07:20 AM | Comments (0)
“A top NATO general said aspects of the alliance were ‘obsolete’, saying that the Western military alliance needs to adapt for a changing world.”
by CNN News
January 17, 2017 04:07 PM | Comments (0)
“These options would increase the risk for US troops beyond what Obama accepted. One option would put hundreds of additional US troops into a combat role to take Raqqa.”
January 17, 2017 02:42 PM | Comments (0)
“Officials credit their slow-and-steady strategy, centered on local combat power backed by U.S. air support, for the gradual recapture of much of the territory held by IS militants.”
January 17, 2017 05:46 AM | Comments (2)
"In a 33-page white paper, 'Restoring American Power,' McCain says the US military cannot do what he says it must."
by War on the Rocks
January 17, 2017 05:26 AM | Comments (0)
“A period of looming unpredictability will make the role of the Department of Defense unusually important in shaping the Trump team’s thinking during its first year and beyond.”
January 17, 2017 01:26 AM | Comments (0)
"They are some of the biggest names in the Republican national security firmament, veterans of past GOP administrations."
by Divergent Options
January 16, 2017 12:24 PM | Comments (4)
A grand U.S. strategy for Syria - three options and the risks and gains for each.
January 16, 2017 05:37 AM | Comments (2)
"The president-elect favors people who have been successful in the private sector and amassed personal wealth over those who have achieved prominence in academic or policy fields."