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by Associated Press | Fri, 11/02/2018 - 1:40pm | 0 comments
"The Trump administration on Friday announced it is reimposing all U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal."
by Military Times | Fri, 11/02/2018 - 1:12am | 0 comments
“The Department of Defense has not been following through on adviser training for some of its service members before deploying them to Afghanistan, going against U.S. Central Command requirements, a government watchdog reported Wednesday.”
by Associated Press | Fri, 11/02/2018 - 1:01am | 0 comments
“President Donald Trump says he told the U.S. military mobilizing at the Southwest border that if migrants try to throw rocks at them, the troops should act as though the rocks are a rifle.”
by The New York Times | Fri, 11/02/2018 - 12:19am | 0 comments
"The war has turned much of Yemen into a wasteland and has killed at least 10,000 civilians, mostly in errant airstrikes. The real number is probably much higher, but verifying casualties in Yemen’s remote areas is extremely difficult. Some 14 million people are facing starvation, in what the United Nations has said could soon become the worst famine seen in the world in 100 years."
by Associated Press | Fri, 11/02/2018 - 12:15am | 0 comments
“Turkish and U.S. troops on Thursday began jointly patrolling areas around the northern Syrian town of Manbij, part of a roadmap for easing tensions between the two NATO allies, Turkey’s defense minister announced.”
by Military Times | Thu, 11/01/2018 - 3:09pm | 0 comments
The new U.S. general leading the mission in Afghanistan gave a surprisingly candid interview this week on the situation in-country.
by The Washington Post | Thu, 11/01/2018 - 2:40am | 0 comments
"In Saudi Arabia’s version of its war in neighboring Yemen, the Saudi-led coalition carefully chooses targets for its airstrikes. The rapidly rising civilian death counts reported by the United Nations and humanitarian groups are highly exaggerated. So are the accounts of an impending famine caused by war. And the coalition is in no way interfering with humanitarian aid or with assistance to Yemen’s beleaguered economy. But now that narrative is wearing thin, critics say."
by Lewis Sorley | Thu, 11/01/2018 - 1:02am | 0 comments
U.S. Army War College - Lewis Sorely presents "Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam," as part of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center's Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series.
by Foreign Policy | Thu, 11/01/2018 - 12:40am | 0 comments
“The United States is ramping up pressure on the parties involved in the three-year conflict in Yemen to end the violence, with both the U.S. secretaries of defense and state calling for a rapid cease-fire.”
by DoD News | Thu, 11/01/2018 - 12:39am | 1 comment
"Defense Secretary James N. Mattis shared the thinking behind the new National Defense Strategy during a discussion at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington yesterday. The strategy, released in January, sees Russia and China as the greatest threats with Iran and North Korea as regional threats. Violent extremism rounds out the threat matrix."
by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction | Thu, 11/01/2018 - 12:32am | 0 comments
"Yesterday, SIGAR released an audit of Department of Defense (DOD)-funded advising efforts in the Afghan Ministry of Defense (MOD) and Ministry of the Interior (MOI) from January 2015 to April 2018."
by Associated Press | Thu, 11/01/2018 - 12:27am | 0 comments
"U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria said Wednesday they are temporarily suspending their campaign against the last batch of territory held by Islamic State militants in northeast Syria, accusing Turkey of jeopardizing their efforts."
by Stratfor | Wed, 10/31/2018 - 1:03pm | 0 comments
“Big infrastructure is back. Long relegated to a secondary development objective by the West, China's gambit to use infrastructure as a vehicle for promoting foreign policy objectives is changing the geopolitical landscape.”
by SWJ Editors | Wed, 10/31/2018 - 4:18am | 0 comments
James Mattis - United States Secretary of Defense – IISS Manama Dialogue 2018 – 26-28 October 2018 – Transcript by DoD - Full Transcript of Prepared Remarks and the Q&A.
by SWJ Editors | Wed, 10/31/2018 - 3:46am | 1 comment
After spending the last 17 years fighting grinding counterinsurgencies in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is shifting its gaze. This year’s National Defense Strategy charged the military with preparing for high-intensity conflict against major nation-state threats like Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. The Army is falling in line.
by The Modern War Institute | Wed, 10/31/2018 - 3:44am | 0 comments
Many of the challenges of urban warfare are not new; nor, unfortunately, are the options soldiers have to confront these challenges. The US Army has a long history of fighting in cities and its tactics, techniques, and procedures have been refined mostly from the hard lessons of World War II and the evolution of close-quarters combat that occurred following the failed 1972 rescue attempt during the Munich Olympics.
by Associated Press | Wed, 10/31/2018 - 3:42am | 0 comments
Turkey’s president said Tuesday his country has finalized plans for a “comprehensive and effective” operation that would target a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria east of the Euphrates River, a move that could further increase tension in the area where U.S.-led coalition forces are based.
by Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States, by The United States Institute of Peace | Wed, 10/31/2018 - 2:59am | 0 comments
The U.S. State Department Bureau of Counterterrorism recently released its annual report on terrorism. The report concludes that despite the success of efforts to dismantle ISIS, “the terrorist landscape grew more complex.” Extremist groups such as ISIS, al-Qaida, and their affiliates are proving resilient and adjusting to heightened counterterrorism pressure with new attempts to destabilize, seize, and govern territory in fragile states.
by Military Times | Tue, 10/30/2018 - 12:05am | 0 comments
“U.S. Defense Department officials are pushing back hard against Russian claims that they were involved in a drone attack on a Russian air base in Syria earlier this year.”
by Associated Press | Tue, 10/30/2018 - 12:03am | 0 comments
“The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group says it is helping local Syrian partners regroup after a major setback over the weekend as the militants fight for their last pocket in Syria, near the Iraqi border.”
by The New York Times | Mon, 10/29/2018 - 5:20pm | 0 comments
"The Defense Department will deploy at least 5,200 active-duty troops to the southern border by the end of this week to help harden security there, officials announced on Monday, part of an election-season response by President Trump to hold off a group of Central American migrants moving north through Mexico."
by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace | Mon, 10/29/2018 - 11:46am | 2 comments
"This paper asks two primary questions: How did these local programs integrate into the United States’ higher-level strategy for Syria over the years? And how did these programs relate to the broader political and security trajectories of the war?"
by The Washington Post | Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:39am | 0 comments
"Facebook has launched major reforms to its platform and processes since the 2016 U.S. presidential election made the company — and American users of Facebook — aware of how Russian actors were abusing it to influence politics far beyond their borders. But Ukraine’s warnings two years earlier show how the social media giant has been blind to the misuse of Facebook."
by The New York Times | Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:36am | 0 comments
"The 64-year-old ex-super general looks just like any other businessman in this quaintly historic, affluent suburb of Washington where his McChrystal Group offers advice to firms hoping to learn a thing or two about leadership from an army man. More than a third of his 100 staff are ex-military, and the big challenge, he says, is recruiting those capable of adjusting to boardroom life."
by The Wall Street Journal | Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:34am | 0 comments
"U.S. and other government’s officials said the uproar over a Saudi journalist’s grisly death has put Saudi Arabia’s ability to rally others against Iran at risk, posing a challenge for the Trump administration’s Middle East policy."