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by The Wall Street Journal | Wed, 10/10/2018 - 10:06am | 0 comments
"U.S. lawmakers from both parties are challenging the Trump administration’s support for Gulf allies battling Iran-aligned fighters in Yemen, putting new pressure on the U.S. president to scale back ties with Saudi Arabia during an especially sensitive time."
by Voice of America | Wed, 10/10/2018 - 1:42am | 0 comments
"The ongoing conflict in Yemen cannot be resolved militarily, rather efforts should be made by all parties to the conflict to find a political solution, the U.S. ambassador to Yemen told U.S.-funded Alhurra TV last week."
by Army Times | Wed, 10/10/2018 - 1:39am | 0 comments
“Two days after Operation Enduring Freedom’s anniversary, Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley brought attention to the ongoing conflict in a speech Tuesday at the AUSA annual meeting in Washington, D.C. ‘Amid all the headline news, it seems like we hardly notice we are still a nation at war in some places, and in others we are preventing war,’ Milley said.”
by Foreign Affairs | Wed, 10/10/2018 - 1:36am | 0 comments
“With the rise of social media over the last decade, the Internet has changed to allow all of us to become individual collectors and sharers of information. As a result, it has also become something else: a battlefield where information itself is weaponized. The online world is now just as indispensable to governments, militaries, activists, and spies as it is to advertisers and shoppers. And whether the goal is to win an election or a battle, or just to sell an album, everyone uses the same tactics.”
by Defense One | Wed, 10/10/2018 - 1:23am | 0 comments
"Many U.S. weapons have 'mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities,' including some currently under development and some whose flaws were first identified years ago, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, or GAO."
by Army Times | Tue, 10/09/2018 - 8:04am | 0 comments
“There’s a lot of talk in military circles about future threats, operating environments and shifting the focus to a more complex fight. But military and civilian leaders, fresh from Operation Inherent Resolve, have brought back a message from the battlefield – the future is now.”
by Davis Narwold | Tue, 10/09/2018 - 8:00am | 0 comments
The negative effects of Chinese cyber theft are well known. The need for action is now. By raising the punishment for those caught in cyber theft, President Trump can reaffirm the US commitment to pursue action against these criminal acts. By halting these thefts, Trump can show his true commitment to putting American interests first.
by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 10/09/2018 - 7:33am | 0 comments
"Libyan forces captured a former Egyptian army commander wanted for a series of deadly attacks in Egypt, a boost for Cairo as it struggles to put down an Islamist insurgency."
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 10/08/2018 - 6:36am | 0 comments
"Jihadist terrorism until recently had Europe on the defensive. Now the continent is getting tough and fighting the threat with measures that would have been unthinkable six or seven years ago."
by The British Broadcasting Corporation | Mon, 10/08/2018 - 6:35am | 0 comments
"Tens of thousands of people have died in the conflict between Maoist guerrillas and the Indian state. Alpa Shah lived among the tribal villagers in their guerrilla strongholds for a year and a half to understand why they shunned democracy to take up arms."
by Stars & Stripes | Mon, 10/08/2018 - 6:32am | 0 comments
"The United Nations on Sunday called on militants in Afghanistan to stop using improvised explosive devices in civilian areas, after it documented a sharp rise in civilian casualties caused by the explosives this year."
by Voice of America | Sun, 10/07/2018 - 3:17pm | 0 comments
The public identification this week of more than 300 suspected agents of Russia’s military intelligence service, the GRU, is being dubbed by security analysts the largest intelligence blunder in Russian post-Cold War history.
by National Review | Sun, 10/07/2018 - 3:01pm | 0 comments
"As the civil-war aspect of the Syrian conflict winds down, the great power struggle among states is intensifying. It appears the Trump team has discovered that its ability to help solve the former will determine how it fares in the latter.
by Stars & Stripes | Sun, 10/07/2018 - 6:16am | 1 comment
Sunday marks 17 years of the war in Afghanistan. As the 18th year begins, Stars and Stripes has recapped key points throughout the war, which has spanned the terms of three presidents. Combat veterans now serve with their sons and daughters, some of whom were too young to remember 9/11.
by RAND Corporation | Sun, 10/07/2018 - 6:01am | 0 comments
Threats to the international order from near-peer competitors and from rogue regimes, terrorists, and the proliferation of cyber weapons and weapons of mass destruction all challenge whether the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) will be able to fulfill its mission. It is unclear whether the IC is prepared to provide decisionmakers and warfighters with the intelligence they need and expect.
by The New York Times | Sat, 10/06/2018 - 4:29pm | 0 comments
This NYT At War (@NYTimesAtWar on Twitter) article is part of a partnership between The Fuller Project for International Reporting and The New York Times Magazine.
by The New York Times | Sat, 10/06/2018 - 2:41pm | 0 comments
"A rare look at the front lines where Special Forces battle the Islamic State."
by The Wall Street Journal | Sat, 10/06/2018 - 5:58am | 0 comments
“The May election seemed to turn out badly—but the new government is as good as it could have been.”
by The Washington Post | Sat, 10/06/2018 - 4:09am | 0 comments
Pressed flowers. Mint chocolate-chip ice cream. A first dance. A final phone call. As the United States marks 17 years of war, the families of 17 fallen service members share treasured memories.
by National Public Radio | Fri, 10/05/2018 - 1:57pm | 0 comments
In 2014, Nadia Murad, a member of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq, was taken captive by ISIS members and sexually enslaved for three months before escaping. In 2016, at the age of 23, she was named the U.N.'s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. Today, she became the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Dr. Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who treats victims of rape.
by The Washington Post, by The New York Times | Fri, 10/05/2018 - 1:35am | 1 comment
"A new crop of senior American officials in Afghanistan has been racing to contain a dual crisis on the battlefield and in a potentially explosive election dispute. But it is a different American figure — the mercenary executive Erik D. Prince — who has been the talk of Kabul these days."
by Military Times | Fri, 10/05/2018 - 1:26am | 0 comments
“Recent statements from the White House regarding a long-term presence of troops in eastern Syria to counter Iranian influence in the country should not be interpreted as a shift to a war-footing, Pentagon leadership said Thursday.”
by Parameters | Fri, 10/05/2018 - 1:23am | 1 comment
Continue on for the latest online issue of ‘Parameters’ – includes links to all the articles and sections to include book reviews.
by DoD News | Fri, 10/05/2018 - 1:20am | 0 comments
Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Iran are just a few of the hotspots the commander of U.S. Central Command spoke about this morning as he discussed the range of operations in the area during a Pentagon news conference.
by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Fri, 10/05/2018 - 1:00am | 0 comments
U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser has called Iran "the central banker of international terrorism" as he laid out a wider strategy for countering Tehran in the Middle East. John Bolton told reporters on October 4 that the U.S. strategy toward Iran would use both military and nonmilitary means to push back on Iranian-backed militants, and their financial backers.