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“If Russian tanks and troops rolled into the Baltics tomorrow, outgunned and outnumbered NATO forces would be overrun in under three days.”

“Now, more than ever, the United States should not waiver on Afghanistan,” General Campbell, the outgoing commander of Operation Resolute Support told lawmakers.”

“One thing is clear: The playbook we’ve been using since the 1940s isn’t going to cut it anymore.”

"The Army now faces a 'crisis of relevance' for its future enemies."

Seventeen coalition member countries have sent more than 6,500 soldiers to Iraq to help in the fight against IS – and the U.S. is calling for more.

Secretary of Defense Carter has laid out his military spending priorities for the 2017 budget, reflecting efforts to counter Russia's assertiveness and fight Islamic State militants.

China’s armed forces are undergoing a sweeping five-year reorganization aimed at creating central control over the military’s nearly autonomous branches.

Improving the Sustainment of SOF Distributed Operations in Access-Denied Environments by former SWJ Editor Robert Haddick.

“In the wake of Russia's warplane being shot down by Turkey two months ago, the Turkish foreign ministry is claiming another incursion. What lies behind Russian aggression?”

“The age of the commando, though, is more than pop cultural fantasy emanating from Hollywood. It’s now a significant part of our military strategy.”

The borders of IS’s self-declared caliphate are steadily eroding, but it will likely be months before U.S. and coalition-backed forces are ready to take on the strongholds in Mosul or Raqqa.

“The measures announced by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, including paid maternity leave, are intended to support service members and their families.”

Results from an intensive planning exercise to frame, design, and evaluate potential courses of action that the US could pursue to defeat the IS in Iraq and al Sham and al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria.

“Evidence is now mounting that the DoD Task Force for Business and Stability Operations may have been the most catalytic agent for economic growth since the Marshall Plan.”

“Pentagon officials have concluded that hundreds more trainers, advisers and commandos from the United States and its allies will need to be sent to Iraq and Syria.”

The U.S. Army general picked to lead U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan warns the security situation there is deteriorating.

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“Afghanistan’s national unity government has ‘squandered important opportunities’ to end torture, protect women’s rights and reduce civilian casualties.”

"The general overseeing U.S. special operations forces has written a memo to Defense Secretary Ash Carter demanding the Pentagon stop talking about what his elite troops are up to."

U.S. military forces are on the ground in Libya looking for potential partners in what could soon be an expanded campaign against the Islamic State terror group.

NATO Land Forces commander to succeed Campbell in Afghanistan.

“The Navy’s intelligence chief has been stuck with a major handicap: He’s not allowed to know any secrets.”

“A simulation exercise was run by Israel’s INSS as part of its annual conference. The outcome illustrated the paradoxical reality of the conflict against the Islamic State.”

“In Afghanistan, the Pentagon’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations fostered helpful investment - and pioneered an essential component of future missions.”

Continue on for the ISIS recruits in the U.S. legal system information graphic by GWU’s Program on Extremism.

“The unveiling of the Washington memorial's design is a sign of how far America has come in its willingness to acknowledge dark corners of US history.”

Dedication is the sinew that binds all Soldiers and Marines to their unit and their people.

A MWI Contemporary Battlefield Assessment – Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Study of Urban Conflict and Multinational Operations

“Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is facing an open revolt in his own ranks.”

“Wargames must be designed well and used appropriately. For decision-makers with limited wargaming experience, this can be a daunting challenge.”