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NYTimes: U.S. Increases Antiterrorism Exercises With African Militaries and Long Emphasis on Terror May Hurt U.S. in Conventional War, Army Chief Says – 26 May and 15 May 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/27/world/africa/us-increases-antiterrorism-exercises-with-african-militaries.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share The training focuses on how to defend civilian targets on a continent that has become a significant battleground in the war against militant Islam. And see: See also: Govern, Kevin H., Smart Power for Hard Problems: The Role of Special Operation Forces Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human…

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NYTimes: Body Count Points to a Mexican Military Out of Control – 26 May 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/27/world/americas/mexican-militarys-high-kill-rate-raises-human-rights-fears.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share The statistics on deaths, which the government has stopped reporting, offer a rare glimpse into the Mexican military’s role in the war on organized crime. And see also: Govern, Kevin H., Reinforcing the Rule of Law and Human Rights in Mexico through U.S. Special Operations Forces Missions (Fall, 2013)….


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Modern War Institute: The State of Military Leadership in the 21st Century – 24 May 2016

http://modernwarinstitute.org/state-military-leadership-21st-century/ https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5497331ae4b0148a6141bd47/t/573f9413f85082130765745c/1463784485378/%23LEADERSHIP+Series+from+The+Strategy+Bridge.pdf MWI non-resident fellow Nathan Finney led a team of authors and editors in the creation of a volume on Military Leadership in the 21st Century, published on The Bridge . The articles in this document assess the current state of leadership in the military and identify key elements…


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Modern War Institute: The Efficacy of Landpower: Landpower and American Credibility – 23 May 2016

http://strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/parameters/issues/Winter_2015-16/5_Hunzeker.pdf http://www.modernwarinstitute.org/efficacy-landpower-landpower-american-credibility/ Modern War Institute Non-Resident Fellow Michael Allen Hunzeker and Dartmouth College post-doctoral fellow Alexander Lanoszka argue American landpower helps make America’s conventional and nuclear security guarantees credible. Since these guarantees stabilize alliances, deter aggression, and curb nuclear proliferation, landpower’s relative decline could have serious implications for the broader…


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NYTimes: Obama Confirms Death of Mullah Mansour, Taliban Leader, in U.S. Strike – 23 May 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/24/world/asia/obama-mullah-mansour-taliban-killed.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share An American drone strike in a restive province of Pakistan killed Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, the White House confirmed on Monday. Calling the death “an important milestone,” President Obama said in a statement, released just as he was meeting with top officials in…


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NYTimes: Vietnam Arms Embargo to Be Fully Lifted, Obama Says in Hanoi – 23 May 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/24/world/asia/vietnam-us-arms-embargo-obama.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share HANOI, Vietnam — The United States is rescinding a decades-old ban on sales of lethal military equipment to Vietnam, President Obama announced at a news conference in Hanoi on Monday, ending one of the last legal vestiges of the Vietnam War.



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Modern War Institute: The Importance of Distance in Modern Warfare – 16 May 2016

 by John Govern | May 16, 2016 | http://www.modernwarinstitute.org/reexamination-distance-modern-warfare/   In the face of combat, an impasse is encountered, one presented all too often throughout history: to have the mental strength to overcome fear and to kill. The development of warfare has made this common problem less obvious over time….


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Happy Law Day 2016!

http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/initiatives_awards/lawday2016.html and see: http://www.uscourts.gov/about-federal-courts/educational-resources/annual-observances/law-day and see: http://www.abajournal.com/mobile/article/Lawyers_judges_and_bar_groups_celebrate_Law_Day_2016_around_the_country/  


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May 1, 2015 – 5th Year Retrospective of the Targeted Killing of Bin Laden

Govern, Kevin H., Operation Neptune Spear: Was Killing Bin Laden a Legitimate Military Objective? (Chapter 13) (April 1, 2012). Targeted Killings Law and Morality in an Asymmetrical World, Editors: Claire Finkelstein, Jens Ohlin, and Andrew Altman (Oxford University Press, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2083584 and see: May 2, 2015: 4th Anniversary…