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"Secretary of State Kerry expressed U.S. concern about reports of Russia's enhanced military buildup in Syria in a telephone call Saturday with his Russian counterpart."

"The situation is so dire that some analysts told VOA they worry the 'good guys' might never catch up."

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"At a time of constrained budgets, shuffling fiscal priorities, and escalating global instability, national defense choices must be as maximally informed as possible."

"IS has intensified its systematic destruction of treasured ruins, destroying pieces of an ancient city. They claim to be destroying idols, is that the whole story?"

"President Johnson and his team deserved honest analyses in order to optimize their decision-making during the 1960s. President Obama and his team deserve the same today."

Lowy Institute lecture with General David Petraeus, U.S. Army retired.

"Weapons experts say the systems on display showed hallmarks of China’s reputation for stealing technology and adapting it to its requirements."

"A relentless stream of tanks, ballistic missiles, and goose-stepping soldiers paraded into Beijing's Tiananmen Square on Thursday in a massive display of military strength."

What’s the Greatest Threat to U.S. National Security? New York Times Room for Debate, Five Op-Ed pieces.

"Reading political science can usefully complicate and enrich practitioners’ thinking about how the world works."

"Why, after 14 years of spilling blood and treasure, is Afghanistan still mired in turmoil? Because its success is nobody's top priority."

“To take down the so-called Islamic State in Syria, the influential former head of the CIA wants to co-opt jihadists from America’s arch foe.”

"Writing the definition of Army profession was easy; now we need the training program to support it."

"The military's U.S. Special Operations Command is bracing for a new book about its most secretive units, sending out warning letters to special-forces operators."

"The politicization of intelligence is not new, but despite the lessons learned, the mistakes keep getting repeated."

“Adversity, they say, makes strange bedfellows. This is especially true in the contemporary Middle East.”

"Is the United States at war? Even our top leaders do not know."

" The dissemination of the correct interpretation of Islam is one way Islamic scholars could help defeat al-Shabab, according to a VOA panel discussion held Saturday in Nairobi."

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"US military academy official William Bradford argues that attacks on scholars’ home offices and media outlets – along with Islamic holy sites – are legitimate."

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"The science of Target Audience Analysis is now so well advanced that it must become a key component of future strategic decisionmaking."

Summer 2015, Vol. 45 No. 2 - Continue on to download the full issue or individual articles.

"Fierce fighting is raging in southern Afghanistan, where national security forces with the help of the US-led foreign military coalition have undertaken a counteroffensive."

In order to succeed, battlefield innovation is required. The tactical leader needs the courage to move past old intellect and embrace innovation.

"Afghan security forces have had to battle the Taliban pretty much on their own. So far, they are standing their ground where it matters."

"One of the biggest battles between Congress and the Pentagon over the past year has been over a snub-nosed grunt of an airplane, so ugly and fierce it’s nicknamed the Warthog."

"This manuscript focuses on the present threat posed by terrorist and insurgent use of unmanned aerial vehicles as well as associated future threat potentials."