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Zone Defense: A Case for Distinct Service Roles and Missions by Clay Beers, Gordon Miller, Bob Taradash, Parker Wright, Center for a New American Security

Strategic Horizons: As Insurgency Mutates, U.S. Response Must Evolve by Steven Metz, World Politics Review (Registration Required)

Despite widespread recognition of this success, the Air Force wants to junk all 340 aircraft by 2020.

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The U.S. military has recommended that President Barack Obama maintain 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan.

This year will be a year of transitions within the Joint Force. With the QDR looming many experts anticipate significant reductions in the capacity or size of American Landpower.

Understanding War’s Enduring Nature Alongside its Changing Character by Christopher Mewett, War on the Rocks

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Continue on for information concerning the Modern Warfare’s Complexity and the Human Dimension: Implications for Policymakers, Warfighters, NGOs and the Private Sector conference.

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NATO’s former top military commander has warned that the widening sectarian conflict in Syria and Iraq could engulf a broader region in the Middle East.

It’s a new age of military intervention by Africans in Africa. And the implications are huge for the entire world.

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Defeating Violent Nonstate Actors by SWJ El Centro Senior Fellow Dr. Robert J. Bunker in the current issue of Parameters.

One fighter claimed to be a US Army veteran who returned to Mexico specifically to join the militias. There were many like him, he said.

One Family, Two Sacrifices - Written by Ian Shapira, photos by Ricky Carioti, video by Whitney Shefte, Washington Post.

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A dozen years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, most of the two million American men and women who went to war are home, adjusting to new lives.

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Drones and Apaches Are the Army’s New Aerial Scouts - And Not Everyone Is Thrilled by David Axe, War is Boring

Continue on for an AFPS overview of Obama’s address on NSA data-collection program reform and links to related news articles and resources.

Continue on for Parameters, Winter 2013-14

Video Podcast: Counterinsurgency in Crisis at War on the Rocks.

The U.S. military is slated to shed 150,000 soldiers. Can it still go to war with so few?

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British defense cuts mean the country can no longer be a full military partner of the United States, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned.

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Studying War and Warfare by Major General H.R. McMaster, War Council

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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.