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Defense officials' hopes for sweeping personnel reforms were crushed by Senate Republicans on Thursday who attacked the ideas as “an outrageous waste of time”.

"The cease-fire in Syria that began Saturday has mostly held, but there have been some incidents of violence."

“The U.S. requires new approaches for exerting influence between the limitations of distant strike and the costly, indefinite commitment of conventional forces.”

President Obama says although the U.S.-led effort to combat Islamic State has made progress, the fight “remains difficult” and he has instructed his security team to ramp up efforts.

“The situation in Syria and Iraq is one of the most complex the world has seen in recent times. ISIL is entrenched…”

Video of 24 February IISS discussion meeting featuring Daniel Byman and Bruce Hoffman. Chaired by Donald Daniel.

“Americans won’t close a terror prison when the terror threat is rising.”

Modern War Institute Podcast: Are We Headed for Limited War? With Dr. Jakub Grygiel.

VOA explains who is fighting in the Syria conflict, who the outside influencers are and what their allegiances are.

CNAS commentary - what the Center calls a “a tall order”.

“It is not by crude force alone that Russia twists events to its advantage… Mr. Putin has managed... to “weaponize” information.”

Includes aircraft, air and missile defense, communications and electronics, ground systems, missiles and munitions, nuclear forces, shipbuilding, and space systems.

"Syrian rebel commanders acknowledge they are in an existential, make-or-break moment of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad."

“Little noticed amid the daily news bulletins about the Islamic State and Syria, the Pentagon has begun a push for exotic new weapons that can deter Russia and China.”

Continue on for the President’s statement.

Continue on for links to the February 2016 issue of the CTC Sentinel.

"Is it still a useful or even relevant way for junior officers to think about the U.S. Army as a global force prepared to win in an increasing complex world?"

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

“The United States and Britain fly U.S.-made armed drones and Israel builds its own. Three newcomers — Nigeria, Pakistan and Iraq — all took advantage of China's growing...

"25 years after the first U.S. Marines swept across the border into Kuwait, American forces are battling the extremist Islamic State group, born out of al-Qaida."

“The current environment - many conflicts at once - has created a seller’s market for peacekeepers.”

"No Afghan will be surprised that Kunar was one of the first places where IS - or Da'esh as we call it - appeared. The region has always had a reputation for being difficult to control....

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

“Overshadowed by the violence in Syria, news from Afghanistan rarely makes headlines unless it is a reminder of the dire situation there.”

Please join the TRADOC G2 for an online discussion of Megacities and Dense Urban Areas in 2025 and Beyond with Frank Prautzsch on 23 February 1400 EST.  Continue on for details.

“The U.S. military isn’t prepared to wage long fights against Islamic State and other enemies.”

Dr. Bruce Hoffman, Director of the Georgetown University Security Studies Program, presents "Anonymous Soldiers: How Terrorism Undermined Britain's Rule Over Palestine".

“Unity between air and ground forces and a clear objective have enabled the Russians to turn the tide of the Syrian civil war.”

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'."