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"Danger Close: Inside Special Ops" - Alex Quade

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"Danger Close" a Film by Alex Quade - SWJ Review by Dave Maxwell

A Small Wars Journal and Military Writers Guild Writing Contest Finalist Article

Conference report on a half-day event entitled Homeland and Security at the Local Level - A Public Policy Conference held at Claremont McKenna College.

There is a sinking feeling that Rio de Janeiro’s tipped into war. Many of the city’s politicians, police officers and civic leaders are saying so publicly.

Intelligence drives operations.  This is an age old axiom that is no less true in modern military operations than it was during the Mongol reign of Central Asia.

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“Mattis, who has already shown himself willing to disagree, now occupies a key position in the Cabinet of a man with little foreign policy experience.”

The Taliban has unleashed its annual so-called “spring offensive” in Afghanistan, saying it will mainly target foreign “occupation” troops to force them to quit the country.

“Last year, we saw the future,’ Noble told the Army War College... ‘We came back and read Multi-Domain Battle (and thought) we saw version 1.0 in Iraq.'”

“The U.S. should shift its strategy to prioritize reaching a political settlement based on the Afghan constitution among all Afghan groups.”

“When intelligence officers such as Flynn move from compartmented boxes to a wider world, they often make mistakes.”