"From Dover to Philadelphia, Philadelphia to Minneapolis, Minneapolis to Billings, Billings to Riverton, and Riverton to Dubois, we had been together. Now, as I watched them carry him the final fifteen yards, I was choking up. I felt that, as long as he was still moving, he was somehow still alive. Then they positioned him over his grave. He had stopped moving. Now, he was home to stay and I suddenly felt at once sad, relieved, and useless. It had been my honor to take Chance Phelps to his final post. Now he is on the high ground overlooking his town.”

-- Lt. Col. Michael Strobl

"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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Continue on for the latest issue of the Combating Terrorism Center’s Sentinel.

"A handgun is not an aircraft carrier... The system is broken."

Short and sweet - Via USNI - SECDEF Mattis’ first message.

Continue on for a video recording and the transcript of President Trump’s inaugural address.

“President-elect Trump should zero in on the following lessons from the Surge.”