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Beyond Cocaine Cowboys: Looking at Security in Latin America from a Different Perspective

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"On his 100th birthday his family served 3 cakes. One bore the FBI seal, another the five rings of the Olympic Games, and the third the seal of the United States Marine Corps."

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“The problem is that today’s ‘bad guys’ have learned to operate in this gap between cops and soldiers.”

“The United States is now reaping by the bushel what it painfully sowed in Iraq.”

Is it possible private military corporations could create a world superpower?

"It's vitally important to keep a substantial commitment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan after this year."

“As someone who used to have a front-row seat in the development policy arena, I would make three broad points in defense of USAID.”

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“The head of the Defense Intelligence Agency is being pushed out of the job after a series of clashes over his leadership.”

Lieutenant Lessons…Continued by Major Andrew Steadman, US Army, The Military Leader blog.

Why Nations Are Right To Ban USAID by Mark Varga, Defense One

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We have added three new articles and a podcast to Landpower that take you around the world from EUCOM, thru PACOM and home to SOUTHCOM.

The writing competition will evaluate and recognize outstanding writers from across the Army who demonstrate clarity and vision about the future of the mounted force.

“Today that system is under assault not by a single empire but by a hundred big and little foes.”

"Each service isn’t guaranteed a ‘fair-share’ of the budget, but a level of resourcing commensurate with the strategic contribution it can make."

High on their list: a "Concealable/Take Down Urban Sniper Rifle"

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“On eve of elections, demoralized army is losing fight against islamist militants.”

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The Evolution of Los Zetas in Mexico and Central America: Sadism as an Instrument of Cartel Warfare - New monograph by SWJ El Centro Fellow George Grayson.

Enduring Power: The Army Needs to Focus on What it Does Best by Chad Pillai, Barefoot Strategist

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Continue on for a video featuring "the most hated unit in the US Army".

"With Iraqi parliamentary elections scheduled for Wednesday, war has come back with a vengeance to that shattered nation."

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