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Mercenaries Killed In Syria Were Part Of Russian-Backed Hybrid Force

Mercenaries Killed in Syria Were Part of Russian-Backed Hybrid Force By Bill Gertz, freebeacon.com View Original February 15th, 2018 President Vladimir Putin / Getty Images Dozens of Russian mercenaries killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria last week were part of a secret Kremlin-backed private military company, according to U.S. and Ukrainian officials. The dead fighters worked […]

What Syria Reveals About The Future Of War

As David Maxwell said: “A sober assessment.”   Conclusion: So this is what the Syrian war suggests about future conflicts: They will be intricately complex; they will involve conflict-specific configurations of participants; there will be no humanitarian intervention to stop them; and the United Nations will be a nonfactor. But that isn’t all. It gets […]

Putin’s Pocket Army? The Rise Of Russian Mercenaries In Syria

Excerpts: But even adopting a law that, nominally, regulates a company like Wagner vastly understates the harm that would ensue. Right now, there are numerous countries around the world hosting companies that would love to have combat contracts in ongoing war zones. But to date, public sentiment and cautions on the part of various countries […]

POTUS Seeks 11 Percent SOCOM Budget Increase

Excerpt:   One of the largest proposed increases is in SOCom’s procurement budget, which would jump nearly 40 percent to $3.1 billion.   The request, however, would see a 6.5 percent decrease in the amount of money spent on research, development, testing and evaluation, to $602 million. The President’s proposal also calls for a 45 […]

First Assad, Then the World: Al Qaida’s Strategy In Syria

First Assad, Then the World: Al Qaida’s Strategy in Syria thecipherbrief.com · by | Bennett Seftel · February 6, 2018 Bottom Line: While ISIS’s territory has dwindled, al Qaida has managed to build a strong following in Syria, and may use the civil-war-torn country as a base from which to target the West. The group has evolved into the […]

The Reviews Are In: Here’s What Experts Are Saying About Jim Mattis’ New Strategy

The reviews are in: Here’s what experts are saying about Jim Mattis’ new strategy Washington Examiner · by Politics · January 19, 2018 Defense Secretary Jim Mattis released the new National Defense Strategy on Friday, a mostly classified document with a public portion that moves away from anti-terrorism as the top mission and focuses on peer competitors Russia and China. […]

The Pentagon’s Smart Plan For Preventing An Islamic State Comeback

The Pentagon’s smart plan for preventing an Islamic State comeback By Editorial Board, www.chicagotribune.com View Original January 16th, 2018 Raqqa in northern Syria is a broken city in the midst of a long, arduous rebuild. But it’s no longer the nerve center for the Islamic State’s mission of carnage. Syrians, the U.S., Europe and the rest of […]

Will The Protests In Iran Lead To Regime Change?  What Happens Next?  According To At Least One Notable Analysis — ‘The Iran Protests Are D-Day Landing On The War Against Radical Islam’

Will The Protests In Iran Lead To Regime Change?  What Happens Next?  According To At Least One Notable Analysis — ‘The Iran Protests Are D-Day Landing On The War Against Radical Islam’   www.fortunascorner.com          How serious are the protests and social uprising in Iran?  Is this the beginning of the end of […]

PLA Review Of ‘World Military Situation’

http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2017-12/29/content_7889872.htm Overview of world military situations in 2017 Source China Military Online Editor Zhang Tao Time 2017-12-29 A+- By Lin Zhiyuan  BEIJING, Dec. 29 (ChinaMil) — The world landscape has changed at a faster pace in 2017. Inter-power cooperation and competition coexisted, with the latter becoming more prominent. Major countries paid more attention to contention for […]

36 Black Swans, Gray Swans, And Pink Flamingoes To Watch In 2018

36 Black Swans, Gray Swans, and Pink Flamingoes to Watch in 2018 mwi.usma.edu View Original December 28th, 2017 While driving along the shore of Lake Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island in September 2011, I saw them for the first time. Black Swans. My wife and I pulled over, jumped out, and spent a half […]