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by The Wall Street Journal
January 19, 2017 08:05 AM | Comments (0)
“The U.S.-led coalition in Syria has amassed an Arab force it considers large enough to move the fight against Islamic State into the city of Raqqa.”
by The British Broadcasting Corporation
January 18, 2017 08:26 PM | Comments (1)
“The so-called Islamic State lost almost a quarter of its territory in 2016, according to new analysis.”
by Voice of America
January 18, 2017 05:30 PM | Comments (0)
President-elect Donald Trump's campaign pledge to wage war on "radical Islamic terrorism" is about to become U.S. policy.
by The New York Times
January 18, 2017 08:24 AM | Comments (0)
"With just days left as commander in chief, President Obama is confronting a wrenching decision on whether to move ahead with plans to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters battling the IS."
by The Washington Post
January 18, 2017 07:20 AM | Comments (0)
“A top NATO general said aspects of the alliance were ‘obsolete’, saying that the Western military alliance needs to adapt for a changing world.”
by CNN News
January 17, 2017 04:07 PM | Comments (0)
“These options would increase the risk for US troops beyond what Obama accepted. One option would put hundreds of additional US troops into a combat role to take Raqqa.”
January 17, 2017 02:42 PM | Comments (0)
“Officials credit their slow-and-steady strategy, centered on local combat power backed by U.S. air support, for the gradual recapture of much of the territory held by IS militants.”
by Defense News
January 17, 2017 05:46 AM | Comments (2)
"In a 33-page white paper, 'Restoring American Power,' McCain says the US military cannot do what he says it must."
by War on the Rocks
January 17, 2017 05:26 AM | Comments (0)
“A period of looming unpredictability will make the role of the Department of Defense unusually important in shaping the Trump team’s thinking during its first year and beyond.”
January 17, 2017 01:26 AM | Comments (0)
"They are some of the biggest names in the Republican national security firmament, veterans of past GOP administrations."
by Divergent Options
January 16, 2017 12:24 PM | Comments (4)
A grand U.S. strategy for Syria - three options and the risks and gains for each.
January 16, 2017 05:37 AM | Comments (2)
"The president-elect favors people who have been successful in the private sector and amassed personal wealth over those who have achieved prominence in academic or policy fields."
January 15, 2017 01:23 PM | Comments (0)
"Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday issued a stern parting rebuke to Republican Donald Trump."
January 15, 2017 12:50 PM | Comments (0)
To be sure all governments collect intelligence, including damaging information on rivals, real or imagined. But "kompromat" is an entrenched Russian practice.
by Defense One
January 15, 2017 11:51 AM | Comments (1)
“Commanders say they’re already fighting ISIS the right way: ‘by, with, and through’ local forces.”
January 13, 2017 06:29 PM | Comments (0)
U.S. officials are hailing the latest push by Iraqi forces into Mosul, confirming reports that a key government building has been retaken from Islamic State fighters.
January 13, 2017 05:21 PM | Comments (0)
"Twitter doesn’t do enough to proactively monitor, identify and remove terrorist-related accounts and hasn’t made an effective or prolonged effort to ensure that the accounts are...
by Lexington Institute
January 13, 2017 12:09 PM | Comments (0)
Continue on for the executive summary and a link to this 11 January Lexington Institute study.
January 13, 2017 04:42 AM | Comments (0)
"It was encouraging that he had no qualms in stating views at odds with positions Mr. Trump campaigned on, including America’s relationship with Russia."
January 12, 2017 03:30 PM | Comments (0)
Mattis: ‘If we did not have NATO today we would need to create it.’
by The Center for a New American Security
January 12, 2017 01:16 PM | Comments (1)
Continue on for an overview, the executive summary, and a link to the full report.
by Army Times
January 12, 2017 09:19 AM | Comments (0)
An important issue that is not confined to any one rank or position.
by SWJ Editors
January 11, 2017 04:03 PM | Comments (0)
US Naval War College Joint Maritime Operations Students present their thoughts and approaches to one of the world’s most pressing national security problems - Ukraine.
by Center for Strategic & International Studies
January 10, 2017 06:47 PM | Comments (2)
"The events in Iran and the Gulf during the last week have been a grim reminder that Iran remains the major threat to U.S. strategic interests in the Gulf and the Middle East."
January 10, 2017 02:52 PM | Comments (0)
Nearly 200 military officers urged president-elect Donald Trump not to reinstate torture, according to a letter acquired by The New York Times.
January 10, 2017 12:06 PM | Comments (0)
The Pentagon has tapped some of science and technology's greatest minds to help innovate U.S. military capabilities and culture.
January 10, 2017 11:53 AM | Comments (0)
"This, they believed, would be the year to crush both the southerners fighting as the Viet Cong and their North Vietnamese allies, who had infiltrated the south."
January 3, 2017 02:49 PM | Comments (1)
"Colleagues say the general’s handling of the episode reflects his firmly held views against torture and prisoner mistreatment, which are shared by many military."
by USA Today
January 3, 2017 02:38 AM | Comments (0)
"Military chiefs are prepared to give President-elect Donald Trump the options he wants to intensify the fight against the Islamic State."
January 2, 2017 05:50 AM | Comments (5)
“The lessons of how Syria arrived at a moment of catastrophe, and how we arrived at this moment of helplessness, are clear. And if the US does not learn from them, we will repeat them.”