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by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 02/25/2019 - 7:28pm | 0 comments
"Brig. Gen. James Glynn, commander of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, expects a surge of post-Sept. 11 babies this summer, when a fresh crop of high-school graduates boards the bus to boot camp."
by The Washington Post | Mon, 02/25/2019 - 7:26pm | 0 comments
"Vast swaths of Venezuela are controlled not by President Nicolás Maduro’s government but by a baffling proliferation of armed nonstate actors that include powerful prison gangs, Colombian guerrillas from the ELN or from splinter groups of the disbanded FARC, various ideologically infused 'colectivos' — in effect, paramilitary groups subscribing to a vaguely Marxist ideology and allied with the government. These groups make a handsome living from any number of illegal activities: trafficking cocaine, illegal gold mining, extortion, human trafficking, smuggling — you name it."
by Stars & Stripes | Mon, 02/25/2019 - 7:23pm | 0 comments
"An internal Pentagon report recently obtained by Bloomberg News detailed the need for a larger, more competent workforce — among other suggestions — as concerns of cyberattacks percolate throughout the U.S. military. The internal report from the Pentagon’s combat testing office warned while the military has made progress in defending against in-house attacks designed to test cyber systems, the improvements were not outpacing the growing capabilities of potential adversaries."
by Military Times | Mon, 02/25/2019 - 7:02pm | 0 comments
"Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren sent a letter Friday to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting information on the alleged transfer of American weapons to al-Qaida and Iran-aligned fighters."
by The Hill | Mon, 02/25/2019 - 10:00am | 0 comments
"Though unknown by us or the public during our visit, the ongoing discoveries of these terror tunnels offer valuable glimpses into this looming war."
by Marine Corps Times | Mon, 02/25/2019 - 9:19am | 0 comments
"Over the past nearly 20 years of fighting in ­low-intensity conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. troops have been afforded some of the comforts of home at larger military installations... That also means the days of Green Beans Coffee and Burger King on your next combat deployment will likely be a thing of the past."
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Mon, 02/25/2019 - 12:24am | 0 comments
"A new round of peace talks between Taliban and U.S. negotiators is to begin in Doha this week and will include the militant group’s co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, according to Taliban and diplomatic sources in Qatar."
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 02/25/2019 - 12:22am | 0 comments
"The continued presence of thousands of civilians, including families of Islamic State fighters, is slowing a push by U.S.-backed forces to oust the extremist group from the last patch of territory it holds in Syria."
by The Wall Street Journal, by The Los Angeles Times | Mon, 02/25/2019 - 12:20am | 0 comments
"Venezuela’s opposition called for the first time on the international community to consider the use of military force against President Nicolás Maduro, escalating a standoff after a weekend showdown over humanitarian aid ended in violence."
by Voice of America | Mon, 02/25/2019 - 12:16am | 0 comments
"Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. is looking for ways to get humanitarian assistance into Venezuela, after troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro repelled aid trucks in clashes at the borders with Brazil and Colombia."
by Associated Press | Mon, 02/25/2019 - 12:06am | 0 comments
"As President Donald Trump seeks a nuclear deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week in Vietnam, some in Seoul are wondering if the fate of Washington’s decades-long military alliance with South Korea could be at stake."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 02/24/2019 - 9:26am | 0 comments
"U.S.-led special-operations exercises that got under way in the scorched scrublands of Burkina Faso last week look much like they have for the past 15 years, with some 2,000 commandos from 32 African, Western and allied countries swapping notes on their martial craft."
by The United States Institute of Peace | Sun, 02/24/2019 - 8:53am | 1 comment
The final U.S. Institute of Peace Task Force report will be released February 26, 2019. Continue on for a summary and for the interim report.
by Associated Press | Sun, 02/24/2019 - 8:43am | 1 comment
"Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Saturday after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border that the government needs a broader, more effective approach to border control. He suggested the Pentagon might contribute with its expertise in surveillance and monitoring."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 02/24/2019 - 12:05am | 0 comments
"The Trump administration decision to keep hundreds of U.S. troops based in Syria was driven by allies who said they wouldn’t stay behind to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State extremist group without an American presence, a senior U.S. defense official said Saturday."
by The Washington Post | Sun, 02/24/2019 - 12:03am | 0 comments
"Acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan toured the U.S. border with Mexico on Saturday as the Pentagon prepares to allocate billions of dollars toward the construction of President Trump’s border wall."
by The Washington Post | Sun, 02/24/2019 - 12:01am | 0 comments
"The Pentagon will increase the number of troops along the U.S.-Mexico border to about 6,000 by the start of next month as the Trump administration turns its attention to securing remote areas between official ports of entry, a senior U.S. defense official said Friday."
by The Modern War Institute | Sat, 02/23/2019 - 9:21am | 0 comments
"It was May 23, 2017, and the general was the same officer I had worked with on my first deployment to the Philippines as a Special Forces officer seven years earlier. When he hung up, he explained that an important mission was occurring at that moment, and he was simply getting updates. The call reminded me of how we used to talk during that first deployment to the country. What I didn’t know was that the mission he was tracking was particularly significant: the first engagement in what would become the Battle of Marawi. That siege would rage in the southern city for five months."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Sat, 02/23/2019 - 8:20am | 0 comments
"Three members of the Venezuelan national guard have left their posts ahead of an opposition-led effort to to bring aid into the country, Colombia's migration agency said."
by National Defense University Press | Sat, 02/23/2019 - 12:17am | 1 comment
"If one accepts that the American military is the most powerful armed force in human history, why does it have a mixed record when it comes to building up foreign armies in weak states?"
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 02/23/2019 - 12:11am | 0 comments
"The U.S. military on Friday began to revamp its strategy in Syria, after President Trump decided to shift course and keep several hundred American troops in the country."
by The Los Angeles Times | Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:31pm | 0 comments
"The fragile security in Nigeria, set to become the world’s third-most populous country by 2050, has been a central theme in the run-up to national elections scheduled for Feb. 23 after a weeklong delay. President Muhammadu Buhari, a Fulani former military leader who was elected in 2015, has failed to stop the violence in Nigeria’s so-called Middle Belt, a swath of states riven by the long-simmering conflict between farmers and herders."
by The Washington Post | Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:15pm | 0 comments
"Food and medicine for Venezuela’s sick and famished citizens lie just beyond their reach in warehouses across the country’s borders and on islands off its coast, as a showdown approaches for getting the aid into their hands. The United States has promised $20 million in humanitarian relief for Venezuelans."
by Military Times | Fri, 02/22/2019 - 9:33pm | 0 comments
"Military communities whose local construction projects weren’t scheduled to begin until later this year are among the most likely to be cut to fund the border wall, two U.S. officials who briefed reporters at the Pentagon said Friday."
by Voice of America | Fri, 02/22/2019 - 8:43pm | 0 comments
The six things you should know about this historic controversy...