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Mexican security forces sent to quell unrest in the western state of Michoacan have started disarming local vigilante groups, state officials say.

US Special Operations in PACOM, Special Warfare Magazine

Hong Kong Triads Work with Mexican Drug Lords on Methamphetamine by Brian Harris, South China Morning Post.

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Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla by David Kilcullen, reviewed by Lawrence D. Freedman, Foreign Affairs.

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I'm a free born man of the USA.

Iraq’s High-Stakes Struggle - Council on Foreign Relations Interview With Jane Arraf, Correspondent, Christian Science Monitor and Al Jazeera, Baghdad. Interviewer: Bernard Gwertzman.

Voice The Decay of the Profession of Arms by Major Matthew Cavanaugh, Foreign Policy’s Best Defense.

Stop the presses: Robert Gates has a revealing memoir that provides penetrating new insights into how Washington works.

"Robert Gates’s tenure running the Pentagon might go down as the greatest performance in acting history."

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The authors urge the U.S. to revisit the concept of hemispheric defense and develop and execute a new military strategy that will help maintain stability and prosperity in Latin America.

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The Quiet Fury of Robert Gates - Robert M. Gates, Wall Street Journal.

In his new book Gates takes the reader inside the war-room deliberations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and delivers unsentimental assessments.

In His New Memoir, Robert M. Gates, the Former Defense Secretary, Offers a Critique of the President.

Aid Effectiveness: Send Them to The Field vs. The Myth of “The Field” at WhyDev

It’s an Anbar Thing (Not an AQ or U.S. Thing) by Peter Munson, War on the Rocks.

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Fireproof Commanding Officers by Lieutenant Lawrence Heyworth, Proceedings.

The Not-So-Jolly Roger: Dealing with Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Guinea

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With the start of 2104 we needed to replace our server for Landpower. This hardware upgrade necessitated a new web so here it is.

Out of the Mountains Book Review by Alex Spillius, The Telegraph.

Drug Traffickers Threaten Central America's Democratic Gains by Elliott Abrams, Washington Post.

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