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-- Aristotle

"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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Three nations in Central America’s Northern Triangle have implemented an integrated, multinational task force to combat the threat from gangs.

The United States has failed to appropriately respond to the gray zone so far, so what should the new administration strive for?

Are successful international companies and drug cartels so different after all? Apparently not.

The 2015 prison escape of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman demonstrated the degree to which Mexican drug cartels have penetrated a key institution of state control.

On Dr. Simpson’s excellent arguments, there is one that I must take exception to and I ask this question: If a President Trump will not listen to General Mattis to whom will he listen?

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"Hmmm. I have some doubts about this. For starters, that $125 billion is over five years. That comes to $25 billon per year."

Continue on for a graphic NYT multi-media look at Duterte’s Philippines.

“Mattis’s nomination to the position may effectively require 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a procedural hurdle, as well a separate vote in the House to grant him an exemption.”

The Autumn 2016 issue of Parameters is now online. Continue on for links to all the articles.

"On Thursday, at a post-election victory rally in Cincinnati, President-elect Donald Trump announced his pick for secretary of defense."