Small wars are operations undertaken under executive authority, wherein military force is combined with diplomatic pressure in the internal or external affairs of another state whose government is unstable, inadequate, or unsatisfactory for the preservation of life and of such interests as are determined by the foreign policy of our Nation.

-- Small Wars Manual, 1940

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To properly face the numerous threats in cyberspace, the Army needs to invest in the development of ‘cyber leaders’ who will possess technical acumen and strategic vision.

Our Own Worst Enemy: Lessons Learned from Recent Negotiating Successes with the Afghan Ministry of Defense

The seizure of territory by a non-state entity is the most significant turn of events in Iraq and Syria for many years.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or the Levant, is re-enacting the early history of Islam in order to establish its legitimacy with the peoples of the Middle East.

"ISIL Will Attack Baghdad and Sectarian War Will Continue to Expand"

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Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.

“Despite the President’s warnings at West Point that we must not “rush into military adventures without thinking through the consequences.”

Simply put, he's the man who's going to save Iraq from the orgy of violence that is playing itself out in much of the country. Or at least he's going to try.