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The missing Assistant Secretary of Defense and the Soleimani strike | Just Security

While numerous opinions have been voiced on President Trump’s decision to go forward with the airstrike that killed a top Iran General without discussing the plan with several key Senate members, a more important role was missing all together. The Pentagon’s civilian chief of special operations position had been vacant until two months ago when Thomas Alexander, the chief of ... Read More »

How Russia is slowly encircling Europe | TRT World

After the end of the Cold War, NATO focused on keeping a close watch on the fallen Soviet Union in order to quell any attempts to expand outside their territory. Almost 30 years later the opposite is occurring, with Russia eyeing Ukraine, Libya and Syria. President Putin has taken an aggressive approach to foreign policy with nuclear threats and belligerence ... Read More »

The high cost of a precipitous U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan | The Hill

US Special Forces with Afghan soldiers, walking together in Afghanistan

The U.S. has maintained a presence in Afghanistan for almost 20 years since the al Qaeda terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Almost everyone is looking to see this chapter of American history come to a close, but history has proven the consequences of the U.S. pulling out of a country before the foundations of a decent political government were ... Read More »

An old science used in a new way to cure veterans | Dr. Joseph Dituri, Ph.D. CDR, U.S. Navy (ret)

The science used to help cure divers with decompression sickness in the late 1800 is NOW being used to treat traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Decompression sickness was common in the late 1800’s, and a hyperbaric chamber was built to administer oxygen and cure the bends.  Current research shows that the same technology used to heal ... Read More »

New Caliph, same old problems | Foreign Affairs

ISIS has been beat down with defeats against the U.S. when the territorial stronghold was taken back and the leader of the group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in 2019. Over the past year, however, the terrorist network had planned out coordinated attacks and continued to promote propaganda campaigns. Baghdadi’s successor, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, is a man with little ... Read More »

It’s past time for concealed carry on base | U.S. Naval Institute

SecNavInst 5500.37 was released in May of 2019 but has yet to provide an implantation strategy or means of enforcement. These provisions allow “carrying of privately owned firearms on DoD property by DoD personnel for personal protection purposes that are not associated with the performance of official duties.” Released in November of 2016, however, this provision is clearly too late ... Read More »

Why Hasn’t SOCOM Ever Been Commanded by a Career Special Forces Officer: Historical Challenges and Opportunities | Francis Marion 

Special Operations Forces (SOF) has become the “easy button” for our country’s leaders when it comes to the need for a U.S. military/diplomatic presence around the world. With over 7000 personnel and a jack-of-all-trades mission set, U.S. Army Special Forces (the Green Berets) are the overwhelming force of choice for most of the missions.  It is evident in the number ... Read More »

Educating a Hybrid Army | Army Management Staff College Podcast

The Army Management Staff College discusses the importance of having and educating a hybrid army in their recent podcast. Currently, the war that the U.S. is in engaged in is different than previous conflicts. One way that it is different is that that engagements can now take place virtually. New warfare tactics target technology and information rather than just troops ... Read More »

A New War Against Africa’s Christians | Bernard-Henri Lévy

Lagos, Nigeria A slow-motion war is under way in Africa’s most populous country. It’s a massacre of Christians, massive in scale and horrific in brutality. And the world has hardly noticed. A Nigerian Pentecostal Christian, director of a nongovernmental organization that works for mutual understanding between Nigeria’s Christians and Muslims, alerted me to it. “Have you heard of the Fulani?” ... Read More »

First AFSOC Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the JSC | Military Times

A new weapon in the form of U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ramon Colon-Lopez will be working with the Department of Defense in a new way. The first Air Force and Hispanic leader, Colon-Lopez is assuming the duties of the senior enlisted advisor for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His leadership and heroic efforts in Afghanistan ... Read More »