SWJ Blog is a multi-author blog publishing news and commentary on the various goings on across the broad community of practice.  We gladly accept guest posts from serious voices in the community.

Continue on for a link to the 2007 reading list when General Mattis was Commander, United States Marine Corps Forces, Central Command, published here at SWJ.

"Officials investigating the slayings of three U.S. soldiers in Jordan this month say they now know how they were killed but still lack a clear explanation for why."

"Now that Mr. Trump is the president-elect, he is spending a great deal of his time with retired generals, and those of a particular breed."

"So, if Mattis is picked, how is his tenure running the Defense Department likely to go?"

"The text message, which Reuters has seen, was one of many describing what was happening inside Islamic State."

"It appears that retired Marine Gen. John Kelly is being considered to play a key role in the Trump administration, possibly as secretary of state."

“Driving Islamic State fighters out of Iraq's second largest city is only part of the job.”

"Trump hinted strongly on Sunday that he would pick James N. Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general, to be defense secretary, heaping praise on the general for the second day in a row."

"Ukraine officials turned for help to the non-profit Global SOF Foundation, a Tampa-based special operations advocacy group."

But one thing the men have in common is that while they are familiar to U.S. intelligence agencies, they are, in a sense, outsiders.

"Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump promised to quickly get rid of the top level of senior military officers serving in uniform."

“In 2010, while serving in Afghanistan, he aired his complaints in a report called Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan"

"What these two shared was a vision of an outward-leaning United States that led a global network of security alliances and trading partnerships."

"President-elect Donald J. Trump has offered the post of national security adviser to Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn."

"Policies on women in combat, transgender troops are 'here to stay'."

“The cascade of events has left France’s political establishment at a crossroads: Reject Ms. Le Pen’s rhetoric or co-opt it.”

Continue on for the full CSBA report and two slide presentations.

Reports on United States counterterrorism assistance and power and order in the South China Sea

“A fair question is: What role will facts and fact-bearers play in the Trump administration?”

The Center for Strategic and International Studies issued today a groundbreaking report from its Commission on Countering Violent Extremism.

“A win is not a coronation, and the presidency is not the only office that matters.”

"A military officer testified Monday that he saw another soldier shot in the head during the 2009 search for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl."

Dr. Daniel Byman's progress report on the current and future prospects for The War on Terrorism at the Georgetown University Center for Security Studies.

"Hunter remained steadfastly loyal to Trump, even after the presidential candidate rankled many military veterans and key GOP national security figures."

The image captures why uncommon valor is a common virtue amongst the brotherhood of blood.

Afghanistan’s former spy chief has accused Pakistan of helping the Afghan Taliban militarily, as well as providing them with safe havens.

"Thousands who risked their lives for U.S. forces are now hunted by insurgents and can’t escape Afghanistan."

"One of the first senior officials that President-elect Donald Trump has tapped to help guide his administration as it takes power is a retired military officer and highly regarded scholar....

Strategy, Clausewitz, meaningless terms, ISIL and more in the latest issue of Infinity Journal.

"We don't know where he is," OIR spokesman Col. John Dorrian said via a videoconference from Baghdad last week. "If we knew where he was, he would be killed at once."