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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Modern military uniforms simultaneously serve two contradictory purposes—identification and concealment.

The threat posed by ISIL cannot be eradicated in the short term, and the involvement of U.S. ground forces would do little to address the underlying problems.

In the world of anti-access and area denial (A2/AD) discussions the anti-access portion is the stand out issue.

The Military Police Corps continues to be the DOD proponent for the protective service mission in support of our senior military and civilian government leaders abroad.

The violence is spreading, resulting in acute violations of human rights that jeopardize the stability of fragile states.

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"And they are impressive warriors! We have not come across bad ones, as strange at it may seem to you when you know how critical French people can be."

Obama announced a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba, after the country’s communist leaders released Alan Gross, an American who had been imprisoned there for five years.

CTC Islamic State Report & Resources

Thrice bitten, once shy, we opt to bury our heads in the sand.

Some food for thought (and hopefully start some discussion) concerning prisons and radicalization.