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September 24, 2014 11:47 PM | Comments (0)
Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.
September 24, 2014 10:31 PM | Comments (1)
The Islamic State presents a problem to be managed, not a war to be won.
September 24, 2014 08:29 PM | Comments (5)
For well over a year now, the Arab Spring has struggled on life support, doomed to die with barely a whimper. Instead, it ended definitively with the bang of U.S. airstrikes in Syria.
by Dave Dilegge
September 24, 2014 02:13 PM | Comments (0)
A civilian’s perspective on our COIN efforts in Eastern Afghanistan. A just released book written for field grade military and civilian equivalents.
September 24, 2014 01:37 PM | Comments (3)
The number of American cities that have the presence of at least one of the seven major Mexican Drug Cartels have more than tripled since 2010...
September 23, 2014 11:18 PM | Comments (0)
September 23, 2014 10:50 PM | Comments (0)
As the U.S. expands its war against the Islamic State, the Army is preparing to deploy a division headquarters to Iraq.
September 23, 2014 09:45 PM | Comments (0)
Traditionalists have long held amphibious warfare to be the defining characteristic of Marines while simultaneously displaying a strong aversion to Corps participation in irregular warfare.
September 23, 2014 08:38 AM | Comments (4)
"Underestimating an adversary’s will to win can be a costly mistake in war, as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper noted in an interview last week."
September 22, 2014 11:12 PM | Comments (0)
September 22, 2014 05:05 PM | Comments (0)
Continue on for the latest online issue of the U.S. Army War College Quarterly Parameters.
September 22, 2014 12:43 PM | Comments (3)
"While looking at the effectiveness of a doctrine like COIN in past conflicts is instructive, it can’t be the only factor that determines how the U.S. prepares its troops for combat....
September 22, 2014 05:57 AM | Comments (0)
ISIS, Air Power, Land Power and Clausewitz at The Bridge.
September 22, 2014 05:29 AM | Comments (0)
September 21, 2014 02:55 PM | Comments (16)
There are skeptics both inside and outside the government who doubt Obama’s new plan to arm the Syrian rebels can work.
September 21, 2014 07:48 AM | Comments (0)
September 21, 2014 07:23 AM | Comments (0)
“You just don’t take anything off the table up front, which it appears the administration has tried to do,” said Mattis.
September 21, 2014 06:28 AM | Comments (0)
The clash between Obama’s repeated guarantees that the U.S. will not deploy “boots on the ground” and the comments of its military officials deepened skepticism on Capitol Hill.
September 20, 2014 05:52 PM | Comments (0)
The Mideast may have the spotlight right now, but it’s not the only area that has the Army of Chief of Staff worried.
September 20, 2014 05:40 PM | Comments (2)
There are times the United States does not need an enemy in going to war. It poses enough of a threat to itself without any foreign help.
September 18, 2014 07:17 AM | Comments (0)
September 17, 2014 10:30 PM | Comments (0)
“The pesh merga’s struggles are just one in a series of problems that have hit Iraqi Kurdistan, a proud region of Kurdish-speaking people…”
September 17, 2014 03:36 PM | Comments (5)
President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday the United States will not fight another ground war in Iraq.
September 17, 2014 07:13 AM | Comments (0)
President Barack Obama is fond of publicly declaring that there will be “no boots on the ground” when commenting on the Syria, Iraq, and Islamic State crises.
September 17, 2014 04:29 AM | Comments (0)
U.S. Central Command leadership will brief President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this morning at MacDill Air Force Base.
September 16, 2014 11:17 PM | Comments (0)
September 16, 2014 04:57 PM | Comments (0)
VOA update and additional news links...
September 16, 2014 01:55 PM | Comments (1)
As Gen. John Allen, one of the very best NATO commanders in history, takes up responsibility for building such a group to face the IS in Iraq and Syria, here are some thoughts on the start-up phase...
by Jeanne McDonnell
September 16, 2014 11:03 AM | Comments (0)
President Obama has outlined a strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). In order to defeat ISIL, we have to understand what makes them tick.
September 16, 2014 07:19 AM | Comments (2)
The United States has essentially been at war in Iraq for 24 straight years. It began with Operation Desert Shield on August 7, 1990, with the first American fatality occurring just five days later.