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September 17, 2014 03:36 PM | Comments (5)
President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday the United States will not fight another ground war in Iraq.
September 17, 2014 07:13 AM | Comments (0)
President Barack Obama is fond of publicly declaring that there will be “no boots on the ground” when commenting on the Syria, Iraq, and Islamic State crises.
September 17, 2014 04:29 AM | Comments (0)
U.S. Central Command leadership will brief President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this morning at MacDill Air Force Base.
September 16, 2014 11:17 PM | Comments (0)
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September 16, 2014 04:57 PM | Comments (0)
VOA update and additional news links...
September 16, 2014 01:55 PM | Comments (1)
As Gen. John Allen, one of the very best NATO commanders in history, takes up responsibility for building such a group to face the IS in Iraq and Syria, here are some thoughts on the start-up phase...
by Jeanne McDonnell
September 16, 2014 11:03 AM | Comments (0)
President Obama has outlined a strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). In order to defeat ISIL, we have to understand what makes them tick.
September 16, 2014 07:19 AM | Comments (2)
The United States has essentially been at war in Iraq for 24 straight years. It began with Operation Desert Shield on August 7, 1990, with the first American fatality occurring just five days later.
September 15, 2014 11:25 PM | Comments (0)
September 15, 2014 06:30 AM | Comments (5)
Many crises are best addressed with the innovation and discreetness of SOF, but others require the mass that only conventional forces bring to bear.
September 15, 2014 06:23 AM | Comments (1)
Development of a first principle is akin to boiling down information to uncover the elemental truth that lies within.
September 14, 2014 11:23 PM | Comments (0)
by Daniel Rice
September 14, 2014 06:41 PM | Comments (0)
The US National Security apparatus should have a dedicated focus on supporting our allies by helping them to secure their vital infrastructure.
September 14, 2014 10:35 AM | Comments (2)
"On Wednesday, President Obama outlined his strategy for dealing with ISIS. It is a strategy set up for failure, because the means are insufficient to the desired ends."
September 14, 2014 07:44 AM | Comments (0)
“An independent Scotland is the potential tipping point for a new round of European disorder at a time when neither the continent nor the world can afford such activity.”
September 13, 2014 11:10 PM | Comments (0)
September 13, 2014 08:52 AM | Comments (12)
“Sometimes the words of our leaders can have a telling impact on strategic outcomes—interpretations limit strategic and operational adaptability and effectiveness.”
September 12, 2014 11:23 PM | Comments (0)
September 12, 2014 11:21 AM | Comments (15)
“Although the Army has dominated the battlefield technologically in the recent past, that's no guarantee against an increasingly agile, adaptive foe.”
September 12, 2014 10:34 AM | Comments (0)
A new documentary offers a cautionary tale about putting too much faith in technology and forgetting hard-fought lessons from the past.
September 12, 2014 10:14 AM | Comments (0)
What lessons can we learn from the 3rd Platoon’s experience in Afghanistan? A NR interview with Bing West.
September 12, 2014 02:13 AM | Comments (0)
September 11, 2014 10:50 PM | Comments (8)
“We are deluding ourselves if we do not recognize the unique ways and means of American warfare...”
September 5, 2014 01:33 AM | Comments (21)
Russia’s utilization of troops without uniforms and perhaps “the most amazing information warfare blitzkrieg we have seen” were part of the first Russian push in Ukraine.
September 4, 2014 12:47 PM | Comments (0)
by Gary Anderson
September 4, 2014 02:01 AM | Comments (4)
The tepid response of the western powers is not just a failure of leadership; it is a failure of imagination. There are other options available to make Putin pay a price.
September 3, 2014 08:49 AM | Comments (0)
September 2, 2014 11:19 PM | Comments (0)
After eight years working to educate soldiers on counterinsurgency, one of the Army Irregular Warfare Center’s last actions was similar to its first: Updating the field’s bedrock...
September 2, 2014 08:11 AM | Comments (3)
September 2, 2014 12:03 AM | Comments (3)
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called ISIS “as sophisticated and well funded as any group that we have seen ... beyond anything we have seen.”