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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 Voice of America | Mon, 06/17/2019 - 2:10pm | 0 comments
"The United States is reopening its permanent U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission in Somalia, 28 years since its closing on January 5, 1991. Although the U.S. never formally severed diplomatic relations with Somalia, the U.S. Embassy in Somalia was closed in 1991, when the civil war in the 1980s led to the collapse of the country's central government in 1991."
by U.S. Army TRADOC G2 Mad Scientist Initiative | Mon, 06/17/2019 - 1:20pm | 0 comments
At the conclusion of another successful Mad Scientist Science Fiction Writing Contest, we had received over 75 highly imaginative short stories. In addition to listing and linking you to the contest’s winning submission (as well as those of our finalists), today’s post reports back on the major cross-cutting themes we were able to distill from your collective creativity and provides effective writing tips from Dr. David Brin, our contest’s senior judge and multiple award-winning science fiction author. Enjoy!
by The Washington Examiner | Mon, 06/17/2019 - 11:24am | 0 comments
"The United Kingdom is deploying a contingent of Royal Marines to protect their warships in the Persian Gulf as tensions rise between the United States and Iran."
by Stars & Stripes | Mon, 06/17/2019 - 1:48am | 0 comments
"Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen shot down a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone at an altitude that U.S. Central Command said Sunday shows improved capability and likely assistance by Iran."
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:25am | 0 comments
"The country’s top paramilitary force is maintaining support for armed groups in the Middle East and finding new sources of funding, defying U.S. efforts to curb its activities abroad as tensions between Washington and Tehran soar following fresh attacks in the Gulf of Oman."
by Voice of America | Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:12am | 0 comments
Libya's internationally-recognized prime minister says he is refusing to hold talks with his rival for power." I will not sit down again with this person because of what he has done in past years shows he won’t be a partner in the political process," Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj told Reuters.
by The Washington Post | Mon, 06/17/2019 - 12:10am | 0 comments
WaPo op-ed by Major General (Ret.) Robert Scales
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Sun, 06/16/2019 - 4:46pm | 0 comments
"Hundreds of thousands of people are protesting in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill, despite the bill having been suspended."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sun, 06/16/2019 - 5:01am | 0 comments
"Hong Kong’s leader indefinitely suspended a bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, backing down in an effort to end widespread public unrest fueled by fears that Beijing’s growing reach is eroding people’s rights."
by The Washington Post | Sun, 06/16/2019 - 4:06am | 0 comments
"On May 31, a suicide bomber targeted a U.S. convoy in eastern Kabul, killing four Afghan passersby and slightly wounding four U.S. servicemen and at least three civilians."
by The New York Times | Sat, 06/15/2019 - 3:22pm | 0 comments
"The United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin and a demonstration of how the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy cybertools more aggressively, current and former government officials said."
by The Washington Post | Sat, 06/15/2019 - 3:09pm | 0 comments
"The top U.S. diplomat for Africa pushed Friday for Sudan to carry out an “independent and credible” investigation into a June 3 military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters that left scores dead."
by Breaking Defense | Sat, 06/15/2019 - 11:55am | 0 comments
"A day after two commercial tankers are hit in the Gulf of Oman, reports emerge the Houthis are firing -- and hitting -- US aircraft."
by RAND Corporation | Fri, 06/14/2019 - 8:19pm | 0 comments
"Using primary and secondary sources, what is the history of the Battle for Baghdad? - What are the strategic lessons learned from the conflict?"
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Fri, 06/14/2019 - 7:12pm | 0 comments
RFE/RL spoke with Scott Lucas, an Iran expert at Birmingham University in Britain and editor of the EA World View website, about the attack and its possible repercussions.
by The Washington Post | Fri, 06/14/2019 - 3:22pm | 0 comments
Situation and news updates via 'The Washington Post'.
by Defense News | Fri, 06/14/2019 - 8:37am | 0 comments
"The Republican president and Democrats in the House are currently at odds over military support in Yemen, where “a small number” of U.S. military personnel are deployed, according to the June 11 letter."
by The New York Times | Fri, 06/14/2019 - 7:49am | 0 comments
"Two years ago, Pentagon officials said that American forces in the remote reaches of Afghanistan could defeat the Islamic State’s offshoot here by the end of 2017. This month, American Special Forces in eastern Afghanistan were still fighting, with no end in sight."
by The U.S. Naval Institute | Fri, 06/14/2019 - 6:07am | 0 comments
"U.S. Central Command has released a video and photographs that officials say prove the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy attacked two merchant tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday."
by Military Times, by The New York Times | Fri, 06/14/2019 - 12:06am | 0 comments
"Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of attacking a pair of oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday as part of a “unacceptable campaign of escalating tension” by its leaders, but said the United States won’t respond with military force for now."
by Reuters | Fri, 06/14/2019 - 12:04am | 0 comments
"Iraq’s second city, once a recruitment center for Sunni officers in Saddam Hussein’s army, became an al Qaeda hotbed after the 2003 U.S. invasion that toppled the dictator, and later the base from where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in 2014."
by Stars & Stripes | Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:44pm | 0 comments
"Continued success by the American-backed military campaign in Somalia could set the stage for economic development in the country, which has been wracked by years of lawlessness and violence, U.S. officials said."
by Associated Press | Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:31pm | 0 comments
"Two massive tankers off the southern coast of Iran near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked on Thursday, an assault that left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both vessels."
by Reuters | Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:16pm | 0 comments
"Israeli aircraft attacked a Hamas target in Gaza on Thursday after a Palestinian rocket strike, the Israeli military said, in the first serious cross-border flare-up since a surge in fighting last month."
by Associated Press | Thu, 06/13/2019 - 11:50am | 0 comments
"... Katie Jones doesn’t exist, The Associated Press has determined. Instead, the persona was part of a vast army of phantom profiles lurking on the professional networking site LinkedIn."