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by Voice of America
December 14, 2016 09:44 PM | Comments (0)
Control over U.S. government international broadcasting will be consolidated under a powerful chief executive, under legislation expected to soon be signed by President Obama.
December 14, 2016 01:57 AM | Comments (1)
"New U.S. estimates put the number of IS "battle ready" fighters in Iraq and Syria at just 12,000 to 15,000, less than half of what the terror group was able to field at its height....
by The Wall Street Journal
December 13, 2016 03:10 PM | Comments (0)
“Beltway elites scoff at Rex Tillerson’s background in business and his support of the Boy Scouts.”
by The New Yorker
December 13, 2016 08:38 AM | Comments (6)
"Tillerson’s life has been shaped to a profound extent by two institutions: ExxonMobil and the Boy Scouts of America."
by Agence France-Presse
December 11, 2016 03:56 PM | Comments (0)
“As Obama prepares to step down, a flap has erupted over the secretive commandos who have become his go-to counterterrorist force across the globe.”
by The Hoover Institution
December 10, 2016 11:15 AM | Comments (6)
This 2015 essay was adapted from statements made by General James Mattis before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
December 10, 2016 09:24 AM | Comments (0)
“Proposals include limiting White House operational oversight and giving military more tactical authority.”
by The Washington Post
December 9, 2016 06:24 PM | Comments (0)
“Their views have been heavily influenced over the past 15 years by intensely personal battlefield losses, the country’s waning attention to the wars and an up-close view of a ruthless...
by War on the Rocks
December 9, 2016 05:23 PM | Comments (0)
"Neither you nor Secretary Clinton said much in the campaign about the war in Afghanistan. I don't blame you. It's a complex issue."
by Foreign Policy
December 9, 2016 05:13 PM | Comments (0)
“After years of moldering away under post Cold war budget crunches, Putin has spent billions to modernize the Russian arsenal.”
by The New York Times
December 9, 2016 06:25 AM | Comments (0)
“Congress passed a measure on Thursday that would offer sanctuary to a fraction of the Afghan interpreters and translators who have risked their lives to help the military.”
by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
December 9, 2016 06:16 AM | Comments (0)
This CTC report evaluates how the make-up, scale, and scope of the Iraq- and Syria-bound foreign fighter problem has changed over the last decade.
December 8, 2016 02:28 PM | Comments (0)
“Using U.S. support to El Salvador during the country’s 12-year civil war as a case study, Ladwig evaluates Washington’s two main strategies for influencing local governments....
by The Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation
December 8, 2016 01:19 PM | Comments (0)
"Ministries of foreign affairs are no longer the exclusive channel for international contacts."
by USA Today
December 8, 2016 12:59 PM | Comments (0)
“There is reason to believe that James Mattis would represent a desperately needed voice of reason in the Trump administration's national security team.”
December 8, 2016 05:05 AM | Comments (0)
"Despite making regular remarks on the campaign trail disparaging the nation’s generals, Trump has long shown an affinity for them."
by Mother Jones
December 7, 2016 07:05 PM | Comments (3)
"Hmmm. I have some doubts about this. For starters, that $125 billion is over five years. That comes to $25 billon per year."
December 7, 2016 09:43 AM | Comments (0)
Continue on for a graphic NYT multi-media look at Duterte’s Philippines.
December 6, 2016 04:06 PM | Comments (0)
“Mattis’s nomination to the position may effectively require 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a procedural hurdle, as well a separate vote in the House to grant him an exemption....
by SWJ Editors
December 6, 2016 11:20 AM | Comments (0)
The Autumn 2016 issue of Parameters is now online. Continue on for links to all the articles.
December 2, 2016 09:22 AM | Comments (0)
"On Thursday, at a post-election victory rally in Cincinnati, President-elect Donald Trump announced his pick for secretary of defense."
by Real Clear Defense
November 26, 2016 11:30 AM | Comments (0)
"In light of trends exposed by our recent elections, this renegotiation of America’s civil-military relationship is already underway."
by Gary Anderson
November 26, 2016 08:03 AM | Comments (1)
Evacuation, even if done properly, will be traumatic; but it will save countless lives among civilians and Iraqi security forces.
by Morgan Smiley
November 25, 2016 11:19 AM | Comments (2)
“Small Wars Journal” is known for some serious discussions about wars big and small, analysis of strategy, tactics, firefights in deserts, mountains, jungles, yadda, yadda…
by Associated Press
November 25, 2016 10:17 AM | Comments (0)
"The tilt toward military officials may reflect a limited pool of civilian options."
by RAND Corporation
November 25, 2016 09:55 AM | Comments (1)
"Since its 2008 incursion into Georgia (if not before), there has been a remarkable evolution in Russia's approach to propaganda."
November 25, 2016 09:40 AM | Comments (0)
By Erin Simpson at War on the Rocks. SWJ disagrees, but Dr. Simpson offers up food for thought concerning the next administration.
November 24, 2016 05:17 PM | Comments (0)
"American military, intelligence and law enforcement officials acknowledge that the Islamic State still retains a sophisticated social media arm."
November 24, 2016 10:12 AM | Comments (3)
"A plucky Irish Catholic kid from Rhode Island, he wasn’t impressed by rank. He told his junior officers to challenge him in briefings."
November 24, 2016 04:49 AM | Comments (0)
“Many have suffered under the Islamic State, but the misery inflicted on Sunnis will resonate for generations.”