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This is the fourth in a series of analyses of the candidates’ national security positions based primarily on information gleaned from their web sites.

"The world must adjust to the growth of Islamic State and the displacement of millions of people from the Middle East as the 'new normal'."

“The United States has been able to identify buildings as key financial centers for the Islamic State through intelligence collected.”

“Russian-backed separatists have sharply increased their attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk—a stark reminder that President Vladimir Putin hasn’t given up his designs on eastern...

This is the third in a series of analyses of the candidates’ national security positions based primarily on information gleaned from their web sites.

From Stalemate to Settlement: Lessons for Afghanistan from Historical Insurgencies That Have Been Resolved Through Negotiations by Colin P. Clarke and Christopher Paul, RAND Corporation.

"The plan, code named Nitro Zeus, was designed to disable Iran’s air defenses, communications systems and key parts of its power grid."

This is the second in a series of analyses of the candidates’ national security positions based primarily on information gleaned from their web sites.

Lincoln recognized both the inequity and the meaning of this circumstance and he established the first absentee voting system for those engaged in our Civil War.

"In the millennia-old history of Kurds, there has never been a time when this ancient people of the Middle East were so tantalisingly close to statehood."

To examine where the drive for the F-35 has gone astray we can look at the second of the Air Force’s core tenets: service before self.

“Global Radical Islamist Insurgency: AL QAEDA AND ISLAMIC STATE NETWORKS FOCUS: A Small Wars Journal Anthology”

This is the first in a series of analyses of the candidates’ national security positions based primarily on information gleaned from their web sites.

"Once again, Moscow has shown itself better able to make strategic choices than we are."

Continue on for information concerning NATO's new journal "Defence Strategic Communications" and a link to the first issue.

While world powers gathered to negotiate a cease-fire, forces on the ground grew increasingly desperate, resorting to shifting strategies and alliances to survive.

When you leave your house to vote, remember that the most important precincts are the ones you can't see.

“After its latest test of a long-range rocket, the nuclear threat from North Korea has re-emerged as a major global challenge.”

“Russia’s strategy is negotiations from the position of strength for pro-Assad forces.”

The players that count say…

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday major powers have agreed to seek a cessation of hostilities in Syria to begin in one week’s time.

“The ability to win the big one is vital, but so is the ability to win the small wars. We paid a price for forgetting what we learned in Vietnam.”

“Russia is proposing talks about a cease-fire in Syria, but European diplomats are skeptical about the offer.”

“There may be a military solution, one senior American official conceded Wednesday, ‘just not our solution.’”

“No one in the West has the appetite to confront Russia as it pursues its interests in the Middle East.”

“We have a long ways to go, given the enormous complexity of this challenge.”

Who, what, where, when, and why are the traditional elements of both exposition and fiction. Cinema is often a little of both.

“Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and other officials described the Islamic State as the ‘pre-eminent terrorist threat.’”

Continue on for a link to the prepared assessment dated 9 February.

No, this is not a Duffel Blog piece.