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The US must be capable of operating within an irregular war against hybrid forces, including in support of large-scale humanitarian operations to relieve suffering and prevent more refugee crises.

Perhaps after hard-hitting briefings from Mattis and McMaster, Trump finally realized Obama’s decision to remain in Afghanistan was both realistic and necessary.

Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 4: Brigands, Bank Robbery, and Brazilian Gang Evolution at Ciudad del Este and the Triple Frontier

This paper updates and expands upon an essay published in Small Wars Journal in 2014. Some of the text from the 2014 essay has been left intact as still operative.

Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 21: Quantifying Conflict in Mexico - Armed Conflict, Hyper-Violent Criminality or Both?

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke yesterday morning at the U.S. Military Academy graduation and commissioning.

“A recording provides fresh evidence of ominous changes underway within the embattled organization that declared war against the West nearly two decades ago.”

A comprehensive piece by David Kilcullen in The Australian on what our efforts in Afghanistan require - “what’s needed now are not troops per se but en­ablers”

“The lack of political unity in America. The lack of a fundamental friendliness."

“Do we really want to slash the State Department and the USAID at such a perilous moment?”