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SWJ Blog is a multi-author blog publishing news and commentary on the various goings on across the broad community of practice.  We gladly accept guest posts from serious voices in the community.

by The New York Times | Sat, 03/23/2019 - 10:46am | 0 comments
"A four-year military operation to flush the Islamic State from its territory in Iraq and Syria ended on Saturday, as the last village held by the terrorist group was retaken, erasing a militant theocracy that once spanned two countries."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 03/23/2019 - 10:15am | 0 comments
"Insurgency remains a threat in the region and beyond; officials warn a U.S. pullout from Syria could let fighters regroup."
by Fox News | Sat, 03/23/2019 - 9:32am | 0 comments
"A whopping 87 percent of information security specialists believe we're in the middle of a global cyber war. That comes from Venafi, a firm that provides technologies to large companies to protect their networks against cybercrime. Venafi got opinions expressing this sentiment from over 500 security professionals at the recent RSA conference in San Francisco."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Sat, 03/23/2019 - 9:06am | 0 comments
"The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) says the Islamic State group's five-year "caliphate" is over after the militants were defeated in Syria."
by Voice of America | Sat, 03/23/2019 - 7:52am | 0 comments
"World leaders are criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement that the United States will recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 03/23/2019 - 7:50am | 0 comments
"President Trump on Friday again announced the Islamic State’s nearly five-year territorial grip in Syria had ended, even as Pentagon officials and U.S.-backed ground forces said they were still fighting."
by Associated Press | Fri, 03/22/2019 - 7:50pm | 0 comments
The military has warned in a series of reports under past administrations that climate change is a security threat on many fronts. That includes "through direct impacts on U.S. military infrastructure and by affecting factors, including food and water availability, that can exacerbate conflict outside U.S. borders," the federal government's grim climate report said last year.
by Real Clear Defense | Fri, 03/22/2019 - 8:18am | 0 comments
"After the 'money for nothing' years in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. is approaching post-conflict stabilization in a way that reduces the upfront cost to the taxpayer and provides an off-ramp if the stabilization effort is not bearing fruit within five years. This will give Congress the opportunity to demand proof that local political actors are making real progress before it appropriates funds for large-scale (and expensive) reconstruction"
by The Washington Examiner | Fri, 03/22/2019 - 12:11am | 0 comments
Over at The American Conservative, Michael Horton highlights Somaliland as “a success story without billions and bombs.”
by Associated Press | Fri, 03/22/2019 - 12:08am | 0 comments
"In a campaign that spanned five years and two U.S. presidencies, unleashed more than 100,000 bombs and killed untold numbers of civilians, the U.S. military engineered the destruction of the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed empire in Iraq and Syria. That’s a military success, but not necessarily one that will last. The Islamic State group is down, but it is not done."
by DoD News | Fri, 03/22/2019 - 12:06am | 0 comments
Allegations by a human rights group that U.S. Africa Command is responsible for civilian casualties in Somalia are not correct, Defense Department officials said. Amnesty International released a report alleging that five Africom-directed airstrikes in 2017 and 2018 resulted in civilian casualties.
by The Los Angeles Times | Fri, 03/22/2019 - 12:03am | 0 comments
"The commandant of the Marines has warned the Pentagon that deployments to the southwest border and funding transfers under the president's emergency declaration, among other unexpected demands, have posed 'unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency.'"
by The New York Times | Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:59pm | 0 comments
"Today even the smallest countries can buy digital espionage services, enabling them to conduct sophisticated operations like electronic eavesdropping or influence campaigns that were once the preserve of major powers like the United States and Russia. Corporations that want to scrutinize competitors’ secrets, or a wealthy individual with a beef against a rival, can also command intelligence operations for a price, akin to purchasing off-the-shelf elements of the National Security Agency or the Mossad."
by Foreign Affairs | Thu, 03/21/2019 - 2:05pm | 0 comments
"The United States’ longest war may finally be coming to an end. But in practice, the peace negotiations are unlikely to achieve Washington’s main national security objective in Afghanistan—preventing the formation of a terrorist safe haven—if they do not include a plan to directly address the country’s opium problem."
by The New York Times | Thu, 03/21/2019 - 1:39pm | 0 comments
"President Trump said on Thursday that the United States should recognize Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights, one of the world’s most disputed territories, in a significant shift of decades-long American policy."
by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point | Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:45pm | 0 comments
Continue on for a summary and links to each of the new articles.
by Stars & Stripes | Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:38pm | 0 comments
"A U.S.-led exercise aimed at boosting cooperation between West African nations in maritime policing comes at a time when seaborne piracy in some areas is increasing and the trans-Atlantic drug trade remains active."
by National Review | Thu, 03/21/2019 - 11:51am | 0 comments
"Here’s the thing that is even more disturbing than the simple, horrifying fact that this depraved man killed 49 people. Here’s the thing that’s more disturbing than his apparent copycat killing: He livestreamed the act, and in so doing he not only made millions of people direct witnesses to the slaughter, he may well have created the next innovation in the mass-killing contagion. He may well have written a new cultural script."
by The Washington Examiner | Thu, 03/21/2019 - 11:11am | 0 comments
"U.S. Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and the State Department continue to seek to silence any criticism of their framework deal with the Taliban."
by Voice of America | Thu, 03/21/2019 - 1:43am | 0 comments
"As U.S.-backed forces fight to seize the last bit of territory held by the Islamic State (IS) in eastern Syria, the battle against jihadist influence is far from over. Counterterror experts warn that extremist groups may still try to recruit a rising generation of hundreds of millions of millennials to their ranks."
by Voice of America | Thu, 03/21/2019 - 1:31am | 0 comments
"U.S.-backed forces are starting to search through the remnants of the Islamic State's final enclave in northeastern Syria, looking for fighters, mines and booby-trapped explosives."
by The Wall Street Journal | Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:22am | 0 comments
"President Trump said the Islamic State extremist group would suffer its final territorial defeat by Wednesday evening, even as U.S.-backed fighters in Syria were still completing the battle against the militants."
by The Washington Post | Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:20am | 0 comments
"The Defense Department’s independent watchdog has opened an investigation into allegations that acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan violated ethics rules by taking actions to promote Boeing after leaving the aerospace company and accepting a top job at the Pentagon."
by Army Times | Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:18am | 0 comments
"In a move to bolster U.S. troop presence in the Pacific, the Army has plans to deploy thousands of soldiers to the region for ongoing rotations."
by Voice of America | Wed, 03/20/2019 - 1:49pm | 0 comments
"An Afghan official in the country’s National Security Council Tuesday downplayed a Reuter’s report alleging that senior U.S. diplomats have informed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that his national security adviser is no longer welcome in Washington following his blistering public attacks on the U.S Special Representative for Afghan reconciliation last week."