Small wars are operations undertaken under executive authority, wherein military force is combined with diplomatic pressure in the internal or external affairs of another state whose government is unstable, inadequate, or unsatisfactory for the preservation of life and of such interests as are determined by the foreign policy of our Nation.

-- Small Wars Manual, 1940

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The U.S. Army is the most appropriate (and truly only) instrument of U.S. national power capable of conducting global stability operations.

Fifth Dimensional Operations: Space-Time-Cyber Dimensionality in Conflict and War - A Book Review

The sword of democracy was a rather blunt instrument and no match—when wielded by the indigenous peoples—to that of the sharper blade held by the various Islamist forces.

With the recent eruption of violence in Iraq and the ongoing civil war in Syria the topic of foreign fighters has once again been brought to the forefront.

The governance vacuum created by sectarian violence has provided the Kurds with a seemingly golden opportunity to declare independence.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called ISIS “as sophisticated and well funded as any group that we have seen ... beyond anything we have seen.”

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Department of Defense Directive 3000.07 - Irregular Warfare (IW) Dated August 28, 2014

"Some guidelines for journalists reporting from extremist content on social media…"