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The writing competition will evaluate and recognize outstanding writers from across the Army who demonstrate clarity and vision about the future of the mounted force.

“Today that system is under assault not by a single empire but by a hundred big and little foes.”

"Each service isn’t guaranteed a ‘fair-share’ of the budget, but a level of resourcing commensurate with the strategic contribution it can make."

High on their list: a "Concealable/Take Down Urban Sniper Rifle"

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“On eve of elections, demoralized army is losing fight against islamist militants.”

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The Evolution of Los Zetas in Mexico and Central America: Sadism as an Instrument of Cartel Warfare - New monograph by SWJ El Centro Fellow George Grayson.

Enduring Power: The Army Needs to Focus on What it Does Best by Chad Pillai, Barefoot Strategist

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Continue on for a video featuring "the most hated unit in the US Army".

"With Iraqi parliamentary elections scheduled for Wednesday, war has come back with a vengeance to that shattered nation."

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"If Iraq was, very arguably, counterinsurgency's success story, Afghanistan looks increasingly like the place COIN went to die."

One they got right - Major General H.R. McMaster

Today the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released three reports on Afghanistan. Water projects that SIGAR reviewed showed mixed results.

Middle East Studies (MES) at Marine Corps University is pleased to announce the publication of Middle East Studies In Review 2012-13.

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Our Debating Military: Here, If You’re Looking by Matt Hipple, Center for International Maritime Security

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“Cutting the fleet of A-10s will save the Air Force about $4.2 billion, he said. 'You just don’t make big savings unless you cut fleets.'”

"The current Mexican administration has underemphasized the need to develop a robust law enforcement strategy, focusing too narrowly on socioeconomic factors."

What we left behind in Iraq: “An increasingly authoritarian leader, a return of sectarian violence, and a nation worried for its future.”

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A Letter to the West Point Class of 2014: No Combat Patch? That’s No Problem! By Major Crispin Burke, Best Defense

Many of you have by now have at least heard of, if not read, William S. Lind’s latest, “An Officer Corps That Can’t Score.”

Landpower Update: Addressing Unrestricted Warfare While Energizing Our Alies and the Masses

Yemen drone war update via CNN and Reuters.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the updated Texas Gang Threat Assessment.