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“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.”

"They are some of the biggest names in the Republican national security firmament, veterans of past GOP administrations."

A grand U.S. strategy for Syria - three options and the risks and gains for each.

"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."

"Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday issued a stern parting rebuke to Republican Donald Trump."

To be sure all governments collect intelligence, including damaging information on rivals, real or imagined. But "kompromat" is an entrenched Russian practice.

“Commanders say they’re already fighting ISIS the right way: ‘by, with, and through’ local forces.”

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.

"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...

Continue on for the executive summary and a link to this 11 January Lexington Institute study.

"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."

Mattis: ‘If we did not have NATO today we would need to create it.’

Continue on for an overview, the executive summary, and a link to the full report.

An important issue that is not confined to any one rank or position.

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.

"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."

Nearly 200 military officers urged president-elect Donald Trump not to reinstate torture, according to a letter acquired by The New York Times.

The Pentagon has tapped some of science and technology's greatest minds to help innovate U.S. military capabilities and culture.

"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."

"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."

"Military chiefs are prepared to give President-elect Donald Trump the options he wants to intensify the fight against the Islamic State."

“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.”

“A strategy that went from a ‘good war’ to the shorthand ‘Afghan good enough’ reflects the president’s coming to terms with what was possible in Afghanistan....

“Brig. Gen. Rick Uribe said he agrees with the forecast given by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that it would take another three months to liberate Mosul.”

“The Islamic State starts the new year with a drastically depleted bank account, counterterrorism officials say.”

“We are not at war in Africa - but our African partners certainly are.”

“A 2013 article by Russian Gen. Valery Gerasimov emphasized importance of cyberwarfare.”

“As he seeks a pardon, the NSA thief has told multiple lies about what he stole and his dealings with Russian intelligence.”

“Federal police are joining fight after counterattacks by Islamic State inflict heavy casualties.”

“COIN continues to be a controversial subject among military leaders. Critics argue that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made the U.S. military, particularly the Army, "COIN-...